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Iowa City: Iowa Writers House Weekend Workshop

From First Draft to Final Pass: How to Be Your Own Editor

Every story of every length has four main ingredients: beginning, middle, end, and transformation. For longer works of fiction, especially novels, more ingredients are added to the recipe, including momentum and pacing, sustained tension, character development, and emotional complexity. In this workshop, award-winning fiction writer Calla Devlin will work with writers who have started down the path of writing a first draft, and will explore what it takes to finish a novel-length work, from refining a first draft to putting the finishing touches on a manuscript ready for submission.

The purpose of this workshop, open to all levels of experience, is to focus on finishing a work of fiction. Together, we will generate new material and refine the writing generated in the workshop. Students will dig deep into craft and hone their skills. With a special focus on character, plot, voice, and narrative drive, students will have the opportunity to grow through writing exercises, reading (very short) pieces, sharing their work, and providing feedback for the other class members. 

Details and registration: 

Iowa Writers' House

332 East Davenport Street

Iowa City, IA, 52245

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9:30 AM09:30

2017 Celebration of Literary Arts Festival: Des Moines, IA

Reading with Calla Devlin and Ned Balbo

DMAAC, Boone Campus


The Celebration of Literary Arts Festival was initiated at DMACC in conjunction with the National Poetry Festival. The purpose of this celebration is to bring noted fiction and poetry writers to the six DMACC campuses to read their works and interact with students. Central to the festival is the idea that writers can be published and that one can indeed make a living as a professional writer or professional writer/faculty member. In addition to readings on campus, writers have evening readings at a local bookstore. Each year, the writers read at Beaverdale Books in Des Moines. 

For additional information contact Celebration of Literary Arts Coordinator, Marc Dickinson,, (515) 964-6221. 

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6:30 PM18:30

Author Talk: West Des Moines

West Des Moines Public Library

YA Not Club: For grown-ups who like to read and talk about young adult books!
Join us in the Library’s Living Room for a YA Not homecoming pot luck! Bring food to share with the group, drinks provided. William C. Morris award finalist Calla Devlin will be joining us to discuss her book, Tell Me Something Real.

4000 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, Iowa
Call 515.222.3403 to register or go online

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2:00 PM14:00

Iowa Writers' House Presents: Writers' Day in Des Moines

Panel: Write on! A collaborative panel on the working life of successful Iowa writers Wendy Delsol, Kali VanBaale, Calla Devlin, and others. Moderated by Andrea Wilson, Founder and Executive Director of the Iowa Writer's House. 

Panel followed by a reception with Central Iowa authors. Meet and network with local writers and learn more about opportunities with the Iowa Writers' House, Iowa's literary support organization.

Barnes & Noble

4550 University Avenue

West Des Moines, Iowa


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6:30 PM18:30

Author Talk: Valley Junction

Wanting to Write a Book?  Meet some Authors Who Did!  

Take a break from the holiday rush and head to Artisan Gallery 218 for a fun Writers/Readers Publishing Panel featuring Calla Devlin, Kali Van Baale, Jennifer Wilson, and Jenny Moyer.  Laugh along with them as they share their writing experiences.  Learn all about their newest books and ask them questions about becoming a successful author.

Artisan Gallery 128

128 5th Street, Valley Junction in West Des Moines


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