Skip To Content
Writing Toolbox: The Craft of Three Genres (Session 1, Creative Writing with Emily Spencer) is a Course

Writing Toolbox: The Craft of Three Genres (Session 1, Creative Writing with Emily Spencer)

Time limit: 56 days

$575 Enroll

Full course description

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.


Are you a fixer? In this course, writers will be introduced to the techniques that masters of three genres (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction) use to create great work! Dive deep into the art of character, setting, the image, voice, style, metaphor, plot, dialogue, poetic line, form, and point of view. By the end of this course, you will have a writing toolbox. You will study the essentials of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction in course readings. You will write a well-crafted short story, poem, and creative nonfiction piece. You will participate in the writers' workshop and critique in addition to receiving instructor feedback. Join us, craftsperson! 


Emily Spencer earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is the author of the forthcoming book East Walnut Hills (2021), winner of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award. Her work appears in the Kenyon Review, Poetry, Pleiades, and elsewhere. Spencer is the recipient of a Kenyon Review Peter Taylor Teaching Fellowship and Boston University Global Writing Fellowship.




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. 



Contact the Iowa Young Writers' Studio: