The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is one of the premiere writing festivals in the country, and Kelly has the honor and pleasure of teaching there nearly every year. Adult (non-credit) writers who take Kelly's 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
Check the Iowa Summer Writing Festival website at 
for current offerings.

During the academic year, Kelly enjoys teaching Creative Writing and Literary Magazine at her local University of Wisconsin campus. Kelly serves as adviser to "PUBlications Club" and "Scotland" club. Every spring, Kelly's Literary Magazine class publishes Spirit Lake Review, a literary magazine that includes fiction, poetry, drama, and fine art. If you are a Wisconsin writer or an artist from anywhere in the world, you may submit your work to SpiritLakeBooU@gmail.com or contact dwerke@uwplatt.edu  

Participant/Student Testimonials:

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

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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