Advanced Fiction Writing

A Writer's Guide and Anthology

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Eldorado, Iowa: A Novel

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The Writer's Eye

Observation & Inspiration for Creative Writers

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The Hands-On Life

How to Wake Yourself Up and Save The World

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Amy E. Weldon

Writer. Teacher. Environmentalist. Seeker.

Amy Weldon, an Alabama native, is professor of English at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and codirector of the biennial Luther College Writers Festival. She is the author of The Hands-On Life: How to Wake Yourself Up and Save The World (Cascade Books, 2018), The Writer’s Eye: Observation and Inspiration for Creative Writers (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), Eldorado, Iowa: A Novel (Bowen Press Books, 2019), and Advanced Fiction Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology, forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic in 2023.

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I describe my own goals with two interrelated Teaching Verbs: destabilize and rebuild. They aren’t what I do to students—they are what I help students do with their own assumptions, ideas, and skills.

The Cheapskate Intellectual

A journey through matters of spirit, sustainability, and self-reliance

  • August 25, 2021

    On Notebooks and Screens (from textbook-in-progress)

    Excerpt from Ch. 2 of Advanced Fiction Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (forthcoming in 2023 from Bloomsbury Academic) Getting It Down: Writerly Self-Organizing, From Mind to Page   “So long as I remain alive and well I shall continue to feel strongly about prose style, to love the surface of the earth, and to take […]

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  • August 4, 2021

    Interviewed by fellow writing teacher Christian Smith at RUMINATE Magazine.

    Delighted to share the publication of this interview with me about writing practices (and much more) by fellow writing teacher Christian Smith, up now at RUMINATE Magazine:

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  • June 22, 2021

    ASLE virtual conference presentation: OUR MALADY by Timothy Snyder

    Timothy Snyder‘s Our Malady: Lessons In Liberty from a Hospital Diary proved an excellent choice for my Medicine in Literature course at Luther this spring semester. Here, in a presentation for the virtual conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), I explain why.

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