Iowa Summer Writing Festival and more, more, more…

Last weekend I had the great opportunity to commune with ten other writers in author Kyle Beachy’s “Even Shorter Short Story” workshop. I drove down on Friday evening, it took about four and a half hours. I arrived there without much difficulty, but drove through all sorts of weather shenanigans. The workshop took place on Saturday and Sunday. If you’ve not been to the University of Iowa campus, you are missing something special. We discussed several short short stories by various authors (mainly from a book called Sudden Fiction) and were lead into a handful of writing “triggers” (prompts) by Kyle. I enjoyed the casual conversational tone, and the insights we discovered in the writings by creative authors. We workshopped our own short pieces the second day and gave one another feedback. I read two stories: “Liminal” and “Triptych.”

This week I am in the throes of teaching the Red Oak Young Writers program with Kim, Laurel, and Allison. It’s been a fun week thus far, held at 10 Chimneys. We have 20 students ranging in age from 7 to 11 grade. We’ve focused on poetry, story, flash, dialogue, and various other fun activities. They love free writing time and roundtables for feedback the best, so we fit those in daily.

I had several more pieces published  and you can find them here:

“Nodding” and “Cat Scan” at Thunderclap Press: Thunderclap Press (also available in print form, see website for details)

“Mirage” at New Wave Vomit: 84

“Transition” at Orion Headless: Transition | Orion headless

“Abdul” at Indigo Rising: Indigo Rising Magazine

“What’s the Story, Morning Glory?” at S.S.F.: SLEEP. SNORT. FUCK.: Robert Vaughan

“The Black Sea” at S,F,D: The Black Sea – Short, Fast, and Deadly

“Detour” at Clutching at Straws: Detour « Clutching at Straws

“Bed Post” at 2010 July 22 |

My short fiction piece, “Terminal” was selected for the MIND GAMES anthology at 6S and you can purchase it here: 6S, Mind Games

I also published my second piece of non-fiction writing at The Nervous Breakdown, called “I Had a Dream”: The Nervous Breakdown

Please feel free to comment at any or all of these websites for writers!

And thanks to the editors for supporting my work: Joseph, Shannon, Shawn, Amanda, Margaret, Tannen, Ana, Sara, and Brad.

My former boss, Judy Bridges of Redbird Studio is getting close to publishing her instrumental and insightful Shut Up & Write book. I can feel the excitement building around this project that she has pored herself into. I can’t wait to hold my very own (signed) copy! Hearty congratulations, Judy!

We went to the Milwaukee Brewers game on Monday night, and they WON! It was a close game, 3-2. Also ate a meal on the Hollander patio for the first time all summer. We had a blast.

I have a friend from high school visiting this weekend. That ought to provide a nice experience!

What are you doing for the first time (that you might have never done before?) Or have you been someplace new (Iowa was for me) this summer?

I hope more than anything that you are having fun.


About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, Robert leads week long National writing retreats at sites like Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Synergia Ranch, and EarthRise IONS. His poems and fiction are published in over 500 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Los Angeles Weekly, Literary Orphans and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Editor-in-Chief at (b)OINK magazine and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. He is six times a Pushcart Prize Nominee and his fiction and poetry have won awards, including a Micro-Fiction runner-up (2012) and twice a finalist in the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award (2013-14). His books are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps); Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms); RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press), and FUNHOUSE (Unknown Press).
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13 Responses to Iowa Summer Writing Festival and more, more, more…

  1. Theo says:

    Hi Robert! Thanks for the new post. Your writing is hitting the web at 95 m.p.h.!!! Congratulations! Keep up the great work.

  2. Mandy says:

    I had no idea that you were at the Iowa Conference last weekend. I was also! Can you believe it? I wonder how I missed crossing paths with you. Anyhow, glad to hear life is good. Peace, Robert

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  4. Suzi says:

    Love the “I Had A Dream” piece, Rob…I’d surely love to spend some time inside your dream factory – who knows what I’d find!!

  5. Dez says:

    Great writing at The Nervous Breakdown, I enjoyed your I Had a Dream immensely! I also like all of your fiction at the several site you listed here. Congrats, Robert, those kids at 10 Chimneys are lucky to have you as their teacher.

  6. Wallace says:

    Well done. I really enjoyed this blog. It makes me happy that you seem to enjoy writing so very much, and that you are getting lots of publications in such a remarkably short time. Wow! Keep up the momentum and we will be holding your first book of shorts in no time.

  7. Cynthia says:

    It sounds like you had a great time at the University of Iowa. I’ve heard great things about their summer writing program from other friends also. I ordered Kyle Beachy’s book, The Slide. Can’t wait to read it!

  8. Beth says:

    Congrats on the publications and I purchased the 6S book, MIND GAMES, with your story in it. Fantastic! I am so proud of you.

  9. Seth says:

    I Had a Dream, too, Robert. You are a famous author and I am at your book-signing. I can see it in your near future.

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  11. Sarah says:

    I have been reading your blog for some time now, and it seems like now is the time for me to say I admire your writing. I always look forward to your next blog, so I can read all of your publications. What is the number you are up to now? Surely over 50, which was your goal for your birthday right?

    Congrats on your achievements, and for giving back to the community what you have learned in your path. What a gift you are to not only me, but whomever you touch.

  12. Jim says:

    Mushrooms at Letchworth State Park? That sounds somehow familiar.

    My son, Owen, is graduating from college next Saturday. How’s that for surreal?

    Keep the work coming, Robert. I’m loving it. I Had A Dream is a delight, and Kay was truly moving.

  13. nancy fraser says:

    Hi Robert —
    We met over cheese triangles before the weekend workshops began, if you remember. I guess I didn’t take your direct email, but have a question I bet you can answer. Will you send me a direct reply? So glad I found your blog. I am looking forward to reading more of your writing now too.
    — Nancy

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