I'll be leading an afternoon workshop on Friday, giving a talk on Saturday, and otherwise enjoying the beautiful island and the festival. More details to come. (Image courtesy of Happy Photos, Flickr Creative Commons, Oct. 2, 2004, some rights reserved.)
I'll be teaching two workshops: "The How of Where: Place as Character in Fiction and Nonfiction," from June 17 - 18 and "Structural Workout for your Novel-in-Progress," from June 18 - 23. To read full class descriptions, go to the Iowa Summer Writing Festival website. (Image courtesy of keeva999, Flickr Creative Commons, October 10, 2011, some rights reserved).
Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Prairie Rivers Network, Champaign-Urbana's dynamic healthy rivers advocacy organization! There's a full slate of activities all afternoon. I'll be reading selections from AFTER THE DAM as part of the presentation "River of Hope: Save a Place. Change Your Life," starting at 3 p.m. in the Allerton Music Barn. Jane Addams Book Shop will be selling books.
Novelist Peter Geye, poet Juliet Patterson, and I will talk about place and process in this evening event at Magers and Quinn Booksellers. Come out and join the conversation!
Artist Viktoria Ford will be showing her beautiful work inspired by river systems at the Illini Union Art Gallery. Her paintings will be interspersed with passages from After the Dam. I'll read from the book the night of the opening. Come meet Viktoria, see her work, and listen to writing about rivers, surrounded by art about rivers.
Partners in crime Karen Shoemaker and Allen Gee will join me on a lively panel, "Writing About Place: Growing Where We're Planted" at the Southeast Wisconsin Book Festival from 1 - 2 p.m. Later, at 4, we'll join a conversation with several other writers about Harper Lee's classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.