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Love Island IYWS Edition: Fiction Writing with Jing Jian (in person Session 1 22) is a Course

Love Island IYWS Edition: Fiction Writing with Jing Jian (in person Session 1 22)


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There is a separate application process for this course. If you have not been accepted into the Iowa Young Writers' Studio Summer Residential Program you are not eligible to enroll.


Fiction Writing with Jing Jian: Love Island IYWS Edition

In two short weeks, we set out to investigate—under the auspices of fiction writing—some of life’s most baffling mysteries: Why does one character find another attractive? Is (fictional) love really blind? How to write a story that is too hot to handle? But seriously: The study of love is as vital for life as it is for craft. Like the pursuit of power or survival, romance provides an enticing path for character transformation and an expedient instrument for accessing a character’s deepest wants and wounds. Romance equals adventure, for good or for ill, and is a powerful engine for plot advancement. More helpfully, romance facilitates the convergence of disparate aspects of world-building: the social, the familial, the political, or even the geographical and the technological. Romance doesn’t mean syrupy. In the absence of a longing for love lives a distinct attitude against it and staunch beliefs around it. Romantic attitudes enliven all genres. In this course, we will investigate fundamental aspects of craft applicable to fiction writing broadly, such as character, plot, point of view, and setting, through the lens of romance. We will learn from works that are typically considered romance but more often from works that are not. For in-class exercises, we will create characters and let them interact with others’ creations in melting ways. Finally, we’ll put what we learn to practice by producing a first chapter and outline of a love story inspired by, but not necessarily constrained by, the conventions of the romance genre. May creative sparks fly!

Jing Jian immigrated from Wuhan, China to Long Island, NY when she was thirteen. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is working on a first novel. Before coming to Iowa, JJ studied math at MIT and worked as a software engineer. She practices aerial dance in her spare time.




The fee for this course, which includes the fee for the 2-week session of the Summer Residential Program, is $2,500. 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: If you cancel or withdraw before June 1, 2022 a $100 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. Thereafter no refunds are available. 




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