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From Where I Sit: Perspective Is Everything (Session 2, Creative Writing with R.O. Dire) is a Course

From Where I Sit: Perspective Is Everything (Session 2, Creative Writing with R.O. Dire)

Time limit: 84 days

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This 2-week online course is part of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio Online Camp, Session 2, July 11-24, 2021. There is a separate application process for this course. If you have not been accepted into Session 2 of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio Online Camp you are not eligible to enroll.


No two people look at the world in the same way—where one person sees the Grim Reaper, another sees a butterfly, while a third sees nothing but a pile of spilt coffee grounds. So our minds, those remarkable networks of consciousness, filter all experience. Yet when it comes to writers who are just starting out, it’s rare to see their own visions of the world individualized in their writing. In this course, we’ll explore how writers, filmmakers and visual artists use the subjectivity of the everyday to style their works. We will also look inward, at the subjectivity of our own experiences, and experiment with expressing it in poetry and fiction. This course will make us consider the different ways the inner can be made external in language. We will learn from poets and prose writers like Louise Glück, Denis Johnson, Lauren Groff, Haruki Murakami, and Franz Kafka, whose highly-stylized works privilege subjective perception above all else. By emulating the pros and workshopping our own short pieces, we’ll swim inside that wonderfully blurry line between the real and the imagined and so strengthen our grasp of some of the most foundational elements of writing: point-of-view, narrative lens, character and persona, simile and metaphor, tone, diction, and voice.


R.O. Dire (they/them) is a Czech-American writer and translator. Their work has been nominated for the Bettering American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies and won the 2017 Beacon Street Prize in poetry from Redivider. Their poems and translations have appeared in The Stockholm Review, Poet Lore, Western Humanities Review, PANK, Guernica, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Meridian, among others. They share everything except for pork bones with their border collie/beagle mix, River.




The fee for this course is $575. Payment in full is required to enroll in the course.


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."


Cancellation Policy: A $100 cancellation fee will be applied to refunds for cancellations received by Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. 



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