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The Writing University Podcast

By The Writing University

The Writing University podcast features recordings of illuminative craft talks from the renown writers, novelists, poets, and essayists who present at the Eleventh Hour Lecture Series during the University of Iowa's Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

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    Episode 116: Transforming Life Into Writing - Eric Goodman 08/23/2019
    31:02
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    Episode 115: The Art of Humor Writing - Lyz Lenz 08/14/2019
    33:29
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    Episode 114: Mixed Feelings - Lon Otto 08/09/2019
    37:21
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    Episode 112: Writing with Death Looking Over Your Shoulder - Lori Erickson 07/25/2018
    47:38
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    Episode 111: The Life-Altering Magic of Revision - How Revisiting, Reassessing, and Reframing a Story Just Might Change Your Life - Hope Edelman 07/23/2018
    45:50
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    Episode 110: Me, Myself, and I - The Transformative Power of Reflection in Nonfiction - Juliet Patterson 07/22/2018
    34:09
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    Episode 109: On the Feminine vs. the Masculine Narrative Voice - Mieke Eerkens 07/18/2018
    32:50
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    Episode 108: Making and Breaking Taboos - Charles Holdefer 07/16/2018
    40:17
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    Episode 107: Gratitude for Time - Poetry and Moments of Thanks - Zach Savich 07/15/2018
    45:02
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    Episode 106: Titles - Diana Goetsch07/14/2018
    43:42
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    Episode 105: Writing Under the Influence - Gordon Mennenga 07/11/2018
    56:08
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    Episode 104: Writing Resistance - Suzanne Scanlon 07/09/2018
    37:29
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    Episode 103: The Story Lens - Sandra Scofield 07/09/2018
    36:09
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    Episode 102: Why Not Quit? Tips for Becoming a Durable Writer - Tim Bascom06/27/2018
    33:24
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    Episode 101: The Small [And Pixelated] Made Large - From Grievance To Groundbreaking Change - Amy Butcher 06/20/2018
    22:03
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    Episode 100: Writer as Witness - Katie Ford06/18/2018
    46:33
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    Episode 99: Between a Rock - Hugh Ferrer07/19/2017
    28:55
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    Episode 98: The Everyday Writing Retreat - Mary Allen07/19/2017
    21:00
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    Episode 97: The Crying Room - Reconsidering the Writing Workshop - Sabrina Orah Mark07/17/2017
    48:23
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    Episode 96: Echo, Letter, Tweet - Writing as Correspondence - Michael Morse07/12/2017
    47:24
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    Episode 95: The Novel Continuum - Sandra Scofield07/10/2017
    44:55
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    Episode 92: How to Write the Ten-Minute Play - Kelly Dwyer06/28/2017
    45:08
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    Episode 91: Where Experience Starts - The Image - Juliet Patterson06/26/2017
    32:24
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    Episode 90: Nerve - Some Kinds of Courage Necessary for Writing - Lon Otto06/26/2017
    1:05:49
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    Episode 89: Same Content / Different Form - Jim Heynen06/21/2017
    40:46
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    Episode 87: The Art of Play: Jeffery Renard Allen06/19/2017
    59:50
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    Episode 86: From Conception to Delivery: The Birth of One Novel w/ Amy Hassinger07/27/2016
    1:01:18
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    Episode 85: Writing for Strangers: A Question of Audience w/ Lon Otto07/21/2016
    38:00
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    Episode 84: The Poet As Collector w/ Sabrina Orah Mark06/20/2016
    1:01:45
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    Episode 82: Please, Just Don’t Call It Journaling: Writing for Self Versus Others w/ Sarah Saffian06/08/2016
    35:03
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    Episode 81: The Power and the Place of Place w/ Eric Goodman06/02/2016
    46:27
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    Episode 80: Against Ideas w/ Paula Morris05/31/2016
    59:47
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    Episode 79: Actually Writing: The Outer, Inner & Secret Practice w/ Diana Goetsch05/23/2016
    1:04:15
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    Episode 78: Writing in the Digital Age w/ Ned Stuckey-French05/19/2016
    56:48
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    Episode 77: Hybrid Writing w/ Elizabeth Robinson05/09/2016
    31:18
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    Episode 76: Mysteries of Love and Grief: The Long Way from Impulse to Family Story w/ Sandra Scofield05/04/2016
    34:47
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    Episode 75: Ghosts, Battlefields and Hallucinations: Creative Writing from Research w/ Lauren Haldeman05/02/2016
    40:05
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    Episode 74: Clarity and Depth: Writing between the Lines w/ Venise Berry04/26/2016
    22:58
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    Episode 73: Tim Bascom—As I See It: What Essayists Can Learn from Visual Artists07/30/2015
    56:27
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    Bonus Episode: Beau O’Reilly — Finish the Thing07/21/2015
    1:03:02
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    Episode 72: Hope Edelman and Naomi Jackson—Writing Family and Grief07/20/2015
    1:01:45
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    Episode 71: Amber Dermont—The Joke Is Always on Me: A Writer Walks into a Bar (Again) and Other Tales of Repetition, Juxtaposition, Self-Deprecation and the Understated Power of Stealing from Stand-Up Comedy and Deploying Humor to Reveal, Heighten and Distract or Is This Craft Talk Just One Long Practical Joke (Yes, But It’s on Me)07/16/2015
    52:23
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    Episode 70: Ned Stuckey-French—Moving Pictures, Moving Words: The Arrival of the Video Essay07/15/2015
    1:00:37
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    Episode 69: John Dalton—Ten Ways of Thinking about Character07/13/2015
    56:23
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    Episode 68: Mary Allen—Edit Like a Zen Master07/08/2015
    59:15
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    Episode 67: Margaret Patton Chapman—The Craft of Enchantment: What Fairy Tales Can Teach Us about Writing07/07/2015
    53:57
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    Episode 66: Juliet Patterson—Alternative Fuel Sources: Powering the Non-narrative Essay06/18/2015
    55:35
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    Episode 65: Michael Morse—Metaphor as Building Block: Idea to Image and Image to Idea06/16/2015
    1:00:05
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    Episode 64: “Please, Just Don’t Call it “Journaling”: Writing for Self Versus for Others”06/15/2015
    1:00:20
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    Episode 63: Lon Otto—When Bad Bets Pay Off06/11/2015
    55:31
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    Episode 62: Susan Taylor Chehak — Self-Publishing and the Small Press 06/10/2015
    1:07:19
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    Episode 61: Elizabeth Robinson -- You Can Start a Press/Publication 07/24/2014
    54:27
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    Episode 60: Juliet Patterson -- How Poets See the World: The Art of Description 07/23/2014
    55:41
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    Episode 59: Kelly Dwyer -- Better Talky Talky: The Art and Craft of Strong Dialogue 07/22/2014
    50:39
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    Episode 58: Sarah Saffian -- The Politics of Writing About Loved Ones 07/21/2014
    55:29
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    Episode 57: Joyelle McSweeney—Contemporary Gothic(s)07/17/2014
    47:40
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    Episode 56: Éireann Lorsung -- ‘Productivity’ and ‘Failure’ for Writers07/16/2014
    38:22
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    Episode 55: Hope Edelman -- The Story Behind Your Story 07/10/2014
    55:42
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    Episode 54: Kate Aspengren -- Who Are These People and Who Invited Them? 07/09/2014
    56:23
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    Episode 53: Nancy K. Barry -- The Sixth “W” in Nonfiction Writing and Research 07/08/2014
    58:09
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    Episode 52: Carolyn Lieberg -- Write What You Know: The Scary Truism That Haunts Writers 07/07/2014
    27:26
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    Episode 51: Faculty Reading: Sabrina Orah Mark, Michael Martone, Beau O'Reilly, Robin Hemley, Elizabeth McCracken06/28/2014
    52:02
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    Episode 50: Mary Allen -- Harnessing Time: The Key to Writing06/26/2014
    47:50
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    Episode 49: Talk Pretty, Talk Turkey—Just, You Know, Talk To Me06/25/2014
    57:46
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    Episode 48: Stephen Lovely—Marathon Training for the Fiction Writer: Conditioning Your Mind and Body to Go the Distance06/25/2014
    1:02:11
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    Episode 47: Michael Morse -- Rebel With a Clause: The Prose Poem06/23/2014
    57:42
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    Episode 46: Jim Heynan: “Same Content/Different Form”06/19/2014
    43:11
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    Episode 45: Hilary Plum -- Approaching Fact in Fiction06/10/2014
    39:13
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    Episode 44: The Art of Juxtaposition | Carol Spindel 06/09/2014
    56:49
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    Episode 43: Stephen Lovely—Marathon Training for the Fiction Writer: Conditioning Your Mind and Body to Go the Distance07/25/2013
    58:02
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    Episode 42: Jim Heynen—Write What You Don’t Know About07/11/2013
    51:25
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    Episode 41: Mary Allen—Working with Time, the Key to Writing 07/10/2013
    1:01:23
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    Episode 40: Susan Taylor Chehak—Going Graphic: What the Storytelling Secrets of Comics Can Tell Us About Narrative Technique 07/09/2013
    55:33
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    Episode 39: Robert Siegel—Haiku for Prose Writers: Exploring the Power of the Image 07/08/2013
    1:00:05
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    Episode 38: Robert Fernandez -- The Language of Music, the Music of Poetry06/13/2013
    25:53
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    Episode 37: Juliet Patterson & BK Loren -- Poetry as Foundation of Fiction and Nonfiction06/11/2013
    58:59
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    Episode 36: Timothy Bascom—Sudden Riches: The Surprising and Satisfying Role of Research in the Personal Essay 06/10/2013
    1:01:00
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    Episode 35: Sands Hall—Into the Woods, Down to the Underworld07/26/2012
    52:48
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    Episode 34: Kathryn Rhett & Jessica Handler—The Tough Stuff: Write Well, Feel Better07/25/2012
    47:23
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    Episode 33: Christine Hemp—Yikes: A Deadline! Limitation as Liberation07/24/2012
    44:32
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    Episode 32: Amber Dermont, Blueberry Morningsnow, Nick Twemlow, & Vinnie Wilhelm—Influence & Inspiration 07/19/2012
    57:39
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    Episode 31: Cheryl Fusco Johnson—Shy Writers Do It, Too: Enlivening Writing by Harnessing the Power of Effective Interviewing Techniques07/18/2012
    58:14
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    Episode 30: Kate Aspergren -- Playwriting: from Page to Stage07/16/2012
    55:57
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    Episode 29: Susan Taylor Chehak -- Storytelling and Time07/12/2012
    1:01:25
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    Episode 28: Elizabeth Robinson—Giving a Good Reading and Why it Matters06/27/2012
    48:47
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    Episode 27: Michael Morse—Lost and Found: Reading and Writing the Elegy06/26/2012
    50:14
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    Episode 26: Eric Goodman—Place, Race, and History: Writing About Subjects That Compel and Terrify Us06/26/2012
    56:08
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    Episode 25: Diane Goetsch—The Three Poisons 06/21/2012
    53:41
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    Episode 24: Karen Bender—How to Find the Short Story within your Novel06/20/2012
    39:54
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    Episode 23: Robert Siegel—Flash Fiction06/18/2012
    58:12
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    Episode 22: Carol Spindel—The Art of Juxtaposition06/14/2012
    52:31
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    Episode 21: Emily Pettit, Mark Leidner, Madeline McDonnell, & Bianca Stone—Influence & Inspiration06/12/2012
    53:05
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    Episode 20: Anjali Sachdeva—Step Away From the Desk: Experiential Writing06/11/2012
    52:59
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    Episode 19: BK Loren: "Process is Practice: Making Your Writing Matter"06/16/2011
    1:05:25
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    Episode 18: Dara Wier—Chance, Risk, and “Getting Away With It”06/13/2011
    49:38
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    Episode 17: Marcos M. Villatoro: “Finding Inspiration from the Work Itself”06/10/2011
    58:58
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    Episode 16: Lon Otto: "Touchstones, Templates, & The Train Tracks Your Mule's On"06/29/2010
    45:41
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    Episode 15: Katie Ford: "Ghost Forms: Using Traditional Form in Free Verse" 06/19/2010
    54:47
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    Episode 14: Lon Otto: "Avoiding Literary Thin Ice"06/18/2010
    59:22
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    Episode 13: Tim Bascom: "Picture That: Creative Nonfiction For The Visual Learner06/17/2010
    1:02:48
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    Episode 12: Eric Goodman—Transforming Life Into Art06/15/2010
    47:08
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    Episode 11: Christine Hemp on Writing About Happiness07/19/2009
    54:19
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    Episode 10: Marc Nieson, “Making Words Count”06/30/2009
    57:05
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    Episode 9: David Hamilton: “A Baker’s (Half) Dozen Ways of Looking at a Literary Magazine”06/20/2009
    1:13:42
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    Episode 8: Mary Allen:"Bending the Spoon: Writing as a Path to Mindfulness and Other Spiritual Practices"06/09/2008
    1:00:25
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    Episode 7: David Bouchier: “The Word Diet - Avoiding Verbosity”07/25/2007
    54:39
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    Episode 6: Marcos M. Villatoro: “Finding Inspiration from the Work Itself”07/23/2007
    58:58
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    Episode 5: Venise Berry: "Writing with Ethnic Diversity"06/26/2007
    55:40
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    Episode 4: Sands Hall: Building Characters06/21/2007
    58:03
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    Episode 3: Jim Heynan: “Same Content/Different Form”06/20/2007
    43:11
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    Episode 2: Christine Hemp on Writing About Happiness06/19/2007
    54:19
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    Episode 1: Dora Malech -- Talking It Out: Writing as Conversation06/18/2007
    57:26

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