Full course description
is an course for high school students. Over the course of six weeks, you'll learn about key aspects of fiction writing such as detail and image; voice and point of view; character, story, and plot; setting; and drafting and revision. You'll do this through a process of creative collaboration (or perhaps collaborative creativity)—each week, you'll read a short piece by one of your classmates and use it as a springboard for your own writing exercises, while simultaneously using your own writing as a tool for working through and appreciating that of your classmates. You’ll also read and respond to published short stories by exciting contemporary writers. The course takes a playful, generative, process-oriented approach to writing. This means you’ll be doing lots and lots of writing, and that, when you read, you’ll be reading —teasing out what makes great stories work. (Students will be required to complete weekly assignments and participate regularly in group discussions).
Ada Zhang is a fiction writer who is interested in exploring family, foreignness, and the lingering effects of history on the lives of ordinary people. Before coming to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop to pursue her Masters in Fine Arts, she was living in New York City, where she worked for three years as a children’s book editor at Sterling Publishing. Her list included titles in the board, picture book, nonfiction, activity, and middle grade categories. Ada’s own fiction is hugely influenced by classics such as William Trevor, Chekhov, and Alice Munro, as well as by contemporary favorites Yiyun Li, Danielle Evans, and Daniyal Mueenuddin. She currently lives in Iowa City with a sweet kitty named Tofu, and in her spare time, she likes to read short stories, FaceTime with friends who live far away, and see what Cardi B is up to on Instagram. Her stories have been published in Witness Magazine and The Rumpus