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. 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, 2018), and Eldorado, Iowa: A Novel (Bowen Press Books, 2019).

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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

  • May 21, 2020

    Now under contract: Advanced Fiction Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology.

    Delighted to announce that I’ve signed a contract to write and compile a craft guide and textbook called Advanced Fiction Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology as part of this series for Bloomsbury Academic. The Corita Kent image here (discovered while teaching in London last year) is its presiding spirit: writing, like life, is about […]

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  • April 17, 2020

    Barns and Edens: metaphors and the virus.

    Like soap punctures the fatty envelope around its own RNA strand, coronavirus punctures our human envelopes of comfort and forces rethinking, in so many ways. One is metaphor (x “is” y) and simile (x is “like or as” y), which guides us – for better or worse – in comparing unlike things, and thus helps […]

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  • March 19, 2020

    Thinking through coronavirus.

    “It’s a matter of common decency. That’s an idea which may make some people smile, but the only means of fighting a plague is — common decency.” Albert Camus, The Plague Read War and Peace in a free virtual book club with the writer Yiyun Li. From A Public Space. Free virtual book clubs and […]

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