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June 3, 2011

Iowa Summer Writing Festival makes 'The Eleventh Hour' open to the public

The University of Iowa's Iowa Summer Writing Festival, which is celebrating its Silver Anniversary this year, invites the public to benefit from the expertise and talent of its faculty in "The Eleventh Hour," free lectures, discussions and panels at 11 a.m. each weekday that the festival is in session.

The hourlong events will be held in Room 101 of Biology Building East, with the exception of the June 22 event with Michael Dennis Browne and the UI Maia String Quartet, which will be presented in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

June 13: Dara Wier —- Chance, Risk, and "Getting Away With It."
June 14: Doug Goetsch —- The Uses of Embarrassment.
June 15: Kyle Beachy —- Time and Time Again and Time Once More.
June 16: BK Loren —- Process is Practice: Making Your Writing Matter.
June 17: Faculty Reading.
June 20: Sands Hall & Panel -— In the "I" of the Storm.
June 21: Elizabeth Robinson —- How to Submit to Literary Periodicals.
June 22: Michael Dennis Browne & the Maia Quartet —- The Speech of Music, the Music of Writing.
June 23: Peter Trachtenberg -- Apocalyptic Lit.
June 24: Faculty Reading.
June 27: Tim Bascom —- Party Line: Finding a More Purposeful Feedback for Our Writing.
June 28: Karen Bender —- The 10 Commandments for Becoming a Writer.
June 29: Jim Heynen & Panel —- The Place of Convictions and Beliefs in our Writing.
June 30: James Allen Hall —- Don't Stand So Close to Me: Strategic Uses of Point of View.
July 1: Faculty Reading.
(There is no festival session the week of Independence Day.)
July 11: John Dalton —- What do Readers of Fiction Most Value in a Novel?
July 12: Venise Berry -— Clarity and Depth.
July 13: Megan Gogerty -— A Guy Walks Into A Bar, and other Perception Shifts.
July 14: Kathleen Rooney -— The Evilly Compounded, Vital I: Point of View in Creative Nonfiction.
July 15: Faculty Reading.
July 18: Eula Biss —- Research and the Personal Essay.
July 19: Kate Aspengren -— 27 Things You've Always Wanted To Know About Playwrighting.
July 20: Fritz McDonald —- Fact vs. Fiction: Why Memoir Needs Both.
July 21: Susan Taylor Chehak -— This is Your Brain on Books.
July 22: Faculty Reading.
July 25: Hugh Ferrer —- A Word from Dr. Frankenstein: Giving Life to Fiction.
July 26: Robert Siegel —- Haiku for Prose Writers: Exploring the Power of the Image.
July 27: Sam Samuels -— Writing The Query Letter.
July 28: Mary Allen —- The Slow-Developing Picture: Writing a Family Memoir.
July 29: Faculty Reading.

The Iowa Summer Writing Festival, based in the only UNESCO City of Literature in the United States, is designed to benefit writers at all levels of experience and achievement. In small groups, adult writers of all ages from throughout the country share, read and discuss their work under the leadership of accomplished writer/educators.

Many of the workshop leaders are graduates of UI writing programs and include faculty members at other prominent institutions of higher learning.

Learn more about the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at Bios of the faculty featured in "The Eleventh Hour" are accessible at

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