The Eleventh Hour Lecture Series

The Eleventh Hour Series is comprised of hour-long presentations at 11:00 am each weekday of the Festival. The series features issues of special interest to writers, including aspects of craft, process, the writing life, and publishing. Recent talks have included:

  • “The Writer as Witness”
  • “Transforming Life into Writing”
  • “Edit Like a Zen Master”
  • “Sending Work to Literary Magazines”
  • “The Video Essay” and
  • “How Poets See the World: The Art of Description”

To listen to podcasts of past lectures, visit The Writing University at

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

Upcoming Eleventh Hour Lectures

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