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It's Always About Love (Session 1, Creative Writing with Matthew Kelley) is a Course

It's Always About Love (Session 1, Creative Writing with Matthew Kelley)

Time limit: 56 days

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This 2-week online course is part of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio Online Camp, Session 1, June 13-26, 2021. There is a separate application process for this course. If you have not been accepted into Session 1 of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio Online Camp you are not eligible to enroll.


Let’s talk about love, baby! Every story is a love story, so says the songwriter. One must only look at the last handful of songs they have listened to understand that. In this course, “It’s Always About Love,” we look at short stories, poems, and creative nonfiction pieces to explore the various forms of love that invariably exist in all writers’ work. When writers write about grief, they write about love lost; when they write about lust, they write about love to be had; when they write about politics, they write about love that ought to be. Throughout the class, we read women and/or queer writers of color, such as Natasha Trethewey, Jericho Brown, Lisa Ko, Natalie Diaz, Joy Harjo, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Carmen Maria Machado, SZA, and Kendrick Lamar to discuss craft lessons through the lenses of the various forms of love in literature. While this class examines romantic love, we also look to narratives outside of romance to expand what our notions of love can be and to develop a more radical love that encompasses (or attempts to) all the enormity of the human experience. In addition to reading through the work, students complete writing exercises in relation to the readings and, at the end of the class, submit and workshop their own creative piece. So get ready, because love is on the menu!


Matthew B. Kelley is a writer from Atlanta, GA. He holds degrees from Morehouse College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a Truman Capote Fellow in fiction. He has received fellowships from Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and Kimbilio [Fiction]. He is assistant professor of English at Emory & Henry College. He lives in Emory, VA with his dog and cat.




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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