Amy Margolis (M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop) has been with the Festival since 1990, as a graduate assistant, an instructor, an assistant director, a co-director and, since 2001, as the program’s director. Amy is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow in fiction. She’s taught fiction and nonfiction writing in the Festival and to undergraduates at The University of Iowa and elsewhere. Her short fiction appears in The Iowa Review and was nominated for the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. She is currently at work on a memoir-in-shards about her life as a dancer in the late seventies, at the onset of the AIDS crisis.
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The Free Generative Writing Workshop is Iowa City's only monthly writing workshop that brings together adult writers of all levels to have their imaginations sparked by our area's most talented writers and teachers, at absolutely no cost. The goal is to create a supportive environment where participants can generate new writing and meet others interested in the same. Each month a different talented writer-teacher from our area will invite us to write from an original prompt—and then compose along beside us as we explore where that prompt leads. After writing, we'll have the option to share what we've created and receive feedback.
Bring beloved writing implements, warming drinks, a talisman, and your own wild imagination.