English & Communication
Liberal Arts 302
|University of Iowa||MFA|
A course emphasizing the development of techniques of lifewriting through exercises in journal-keeping and autobiographical writing. The course includes readings in sample journals and autobiographies and study of autobiographical theory.
Techniques of writing fiction. Guides students through writing and refining short fiction. This course develops students' abilities to create and revise short stories reflecting an understanding of the elements of fiction, including characterization, dialogue, plot, setting, point of view, and theme. In addition, students will analyze their own writing, peer stories, and model stories. Students will learn how to respond to the writing of their peers and offer helpful feedback. Workshop format.
An advanced writing course focusing on sports-related literary journalism. Students will read examples of great sports writing from the past century, from writers like Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, and Joyce Carol Oates, and use those pieces as models for their own work. Students will use the topic of sports as a vehicle through which to practice the techniques of opinion writing, personal writing, and deeply researched literary journalism.
Intensive writing course emphasizing an advanced critical approach to a topic in writing, writing studies, communications or rhetoric. Through readings, class discussions, independent research, and writing assignments, students will practice refining analytic and persuasive content.
- Creative Nonfiction
- Professional Writing
Lucas Mann teaches classes in creative writing, journalism, and professional writing. He earned his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, where he was an Arts Fellow and a Provost's Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. His essays and stories have appeared in Gawker, Wigleaf, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, The Nation and The Rumpus, among others, and he has received the Columbia Journal Award for creative nonfiction. His first book, Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere, an exploration of the world of low-level minor league baseball, came out in 2013 from Pantheon and earned a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. In a Boston Globe review of Class A, Adam Langer wrote: "Decades from now, the vast majority of the names currently seen on the spines of books will probably seem as unfamiliar as those found in a pack of random 2013 baseball cards. But I’d be willing to wager that Lucas Mann is one of the names that will endure."