2012 Iowa Summer Writing Festival
Elizabeth Robinson is teaching a writing workshop at the Iowa University this summer.
This particular workshop is titled (Spiritual) Autobiography June 24 - 29.
Among some of the poets she will examine, are Frank O'Hara, Thomas Merton and one of her most
beloved poets, Frank Samperi. Click on the link below for more information.
Every life includes crucial twists and turns, those moments on which deepest values and meanings hinge. This workshop will work to help writers recognize those moments in writing. Thus, by “spiritual” we mean shifts and turns that define the writer in surprising ways, adding new dimension to his or her life. (These may be overtly “religious” or unconventional.) We will examine works from prose writers from Augustine to Zora Neale Hurston and Jeanette Walls and poets from Sappho to Frank O’Hara and Thomas Merton. Assuming that the most important experiences are difficult to tame in language, we’ll use every resource we can conjure, doing writing from multiple genres: conventional prose, poetry, parable, even playwriting. Writers at all levels are welcome in this workshop; we will generate new writing every day, but will also gladly consider works-in-progress that class members bring to the table.