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Light Your Torch (Session 1, Fiction Writing with Aaron Hwang) is a Course

Light Your Torch (Session 1, Fiction Writing with Aaron Hwang)

Time limit: 56 days

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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.


You awaken in a dark space. What do you do?


A)   Light your torch

B)   Shout

C)   Draw your sword

D)   Feel for the walls


Light your torch =>


The torch flares to life when struck against the hard basalt floor. A cave. Around you twisting cavern tunnels stretch, their walls covered in strange etchings and hieroglyphics.

You recognize what you have come for. Secret knowledge, lost wisdom, the strange visages of those who came before you, all sprawl across the stone. But more than anything else, the walls are covered in stories. What do you do?


A)   Follow the wind

B)   Follow the stories

C)   Draw your sword

D)   Call for help


Follow the stories =>


The stories stretch deeper into the cavern, into the dark, and so you follow. They are myth, adventure, romance, short, long, tales both familiar and impossible. As you progress, you begin to hear footsteps, other voices. They echo as your tunnel meets another, and another, and then opens to a massive space. You can make out faint orange lights in the dark. You recognize torchlight, and the long, strange shadows of other travelers like you.


We begin to congregate. Some of us carry torches, some of us swords, and some have nothing at all. Some of us followed the wind, some of us the tunnel walls. Some have travelled blind, feeling our way through the stories by touch, and others found each other by calling in the dark.


But now we are together. We are armed, ready to read, to learn, to share. Ready to embellish these halls with stories of our own.


In other words: We will read some, we will write some, we will talk some about writing techniques. We will workshop, play games, and work together. There will be particular focus on YA Fiction, because I like it, but we will explore the possibilities of all types of fiction writing. If you have a specific interest, let me know! I’m interested in exploring it with you. We are growing up, we are writing, we are on a journey together. Won’t you come with us?


Aaron Hwang is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He also graduated Yale with a Writing Concentration, but doesn’t really like to talk about it. He has never been a dragon or dipped his hand into the emptiness beyond the rim of the universe. He is perpetually losing things, and forgetting things, and running late. He turned this bio in late. He is not and has never been fancy. Please do not bully him.




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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