"Taking Kelly Dwyer's class is the best investment I made all year."
--Steve deGrasse

The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is one of the premiere writing festivals in the country, and Kelly has had the honor of teaching there for many years. Adult (non-credit) writers who take Kelly's summer in-person classes will have their writing workshopped in a stimulating, supportive, and fun environment in beautiful Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature. Weeklong and weekend workshops that Kelly teaches include:

  • Novel in a Week
  • Flash Fiction in a Flash
  • Better Talky-Talky: The Art and Craft of Dialogue
  • Plotting the Plot in the Novel
  • Writing the Popular Novel in any Genre
anand many more... 
Check the Iowa Summer Writing Festival website at 
for current offerings.

The Festival also offers classes on Zoom  year round. Kelly's current offerings over Zoom include:
  • Advanced Novel Workshop (5-week course with live weekly classes on Zoom)
  • Beginning Novel Workshop: Starting Your Novel From Scratch (5-week course with live weekly classes on Zoom)
  • 90-Day Novel: Write Your Novel in 99 Days (3-Month course with 8 live classes)
  • Flash Fiction in a Flash: Writing and Submitting Publishable Flash Fiction (weekend class over Zoom)
and many more... 
Email iswfestival@uiowa.edu of KellyDwyer0077@gmail.com for more information 

Participant/Student Testimonials:

 I was able to attend Kelly Dwyer’s weekend workshop for the first time and it was truly one of the most transformative creative experiences I’ve had in years. I had been struggling with my current writing project all year and this workshop gave me the tools and the encouragement to embrace it in a way that I never had. I made friends with a class of writers that I never would have had the opportunity to meet and my craft is better for it. Thank you for making such an incredible event happen and I will be back next year!
--Kaitlyn R Behan (she/her/hers)

Kelly is a gifted teacher. 
--Charles Loving 

Zowee, what a insightful reading of my novel! If I had the email address of every struggling writer on the continent, I would send a broadcast message telling them to get themselves to Iowa City and take your course!
David Penhale, Participant in "Plotting the Plot in the Novel," author of Passing Through

Kelly's teaching style is supremely organized, responsive, and positive. The whole experience was seamless.
--Kathy Prosch-Jensen, "Prepping for Publication."
I participated in the Novel in a Week class taught by Kelly Dwyer at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. There were many memorable and informative moments from that week that still resonate in my work. As an instructor, Kelly is very insightful and can zero in on the key questions in each participant's work. And she has a great sense of humor!
—Candace Armstrong, Southern Illinois published poet and short story writer; aspiring novelist

Kelly's class ("Novel in a Week") was a great workshop experience for me. With her humor, she created a camaraderie that helped me give meaningful and constructive criticisms. Since every minute counts with of group of twelve people, she made sure no one person monopolized the class time by specifically timing our responses to a piece of work. In my one-on-one session, she gave me great feedback on my main character and my plot and to hone in on her points, she suggested books for me to read that applied to my manuscript. We loved her class so much, we’re still in touch.
Paffi Flood

Thank you, Kelly! This was my first writing workshop and I was so nervous, but I am amazed at how much I learned in just two short days. I really appreciate all your input, not just on my project, but on everyone’s, which was so insightful and helpful. You put us all at ease and set the tone for a very congenial and collaborative environment. I am feeling very inspired and energized and actually believe that I can write this book! I plan to come back next year; it was such a wonderful experience!
CF Yetmen, Author of The Roses Underneath
2015 Gold Medal for Historical Fiction, Independent Publisher IPPY Awards

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