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Going the Distance: From Chapter One to "The End" of the Novel. Charles Holdefer, Instructor


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Iowa Summer Writing Festival 2024 


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Before you click that enroll button, please read our transfer, cancellation, and community policies. If you have any questions, please get in touch at or phone (319) 335-4160. 



If you plan to register for both a weeklong and a weekend workshop, register for your weeklong workshop first! You'll receive a "Catalog Enrollment Confirmation" email from Canvas Catalog that includes a $25-off discount code to use when you register for your weekend workshop.


Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited to 12.  




Weeklong Workshops The fee for a weeklong course is $875.00. Payment in full is required to register. $275 of your payment is a nonrefundable deposit


Note: Your credit card payment will be processed by an external provider and will appear on your credit card statement as “UI Writing—Magid Center.” 




If you wish to transfer to another workshop after you have registered, there will be a processing charge of $50 for each transfer, provided the transfer is at least ten days prior to the start date of your workshop. This workshop begins on July 14. You must transfer your registration by 12:00 noon, Thursday, July 4.  Thereafter, the charge to transfer is $150. Note: Transfers are not permitted once the workshop is underway.



If you must cancel your registration, and the cancellation is at least ten days prior to the start date of your workshop, we will refund your payment minus your nonrefundable deposit. You will forfeit your deposit for each workshop for which you are registered and cancel. If you must cancel within the ten days preceding your workshop for any reason, you will forfeit your entire paymentThis workshop begins on July 14. You must cancel your registration by 12:00 noon, Thursday, July 4  to receive a refund minus the nonrefundable deposit. 



If we must cancel a workshop due to insufficient enrollments, we will do so at least two weeks before the workshop begins. You will have the opportunity to transfer to another workshop without penalty or cancel your registration and receive a full refund.  


We are not able to make exceptions to the cancellation and transfer policies.  




  1. The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is a program for adults. You must be at least 18 years old to enroll in Festival workshops. For a list of summer programs for youth at The University of Iowa, visit


  1. The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is a community built on an assumption of shared enterprise, in the spirit of mutual respect. We reserve the right to a) revoke the registration of or b) dismiss from the program any person who disrupts the learning/working environment of others. Participants in the Festival are subject to all University of Iowa policies governing conduct in our community, whether online or in person.