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The Ethics of Writing About Place (Session 2, Fiction Writing with Alexia Arthurs) is a Course

The Ethics of Writing About Place (Session 2, Fiction Writing with Alexia Arthurs)

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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.


Conventional craft teaches us to render the places of our fiction in vivid, visceral detail. This course is an opportunity to go deeper—to interrogate the ways in which fictional places are an opportunity to explore environmental and structural inequalities, and colonial, imperialist histories. How can we become more ethical in writing about fictional places? To explore this question, we will read personal essays, social critiques, tourism theory, speculative fiction, and literary fiction. For the writing portion of this course, you will be invited to research a place, and write a short story set in this place. 


Alexia Arthurs is a writer and keeper of Persian cats--she has two so far, Cous Cous and Fable! She was raised in Jamaica and New York, which inspired the stories in her debut story collection, "How to Love a Jamaican." She has taught creative writing at the high school, college, and graduate levels. 




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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