Free Generative Writing Workshop for May: The Editors of Backchannels Journal

Laura Johnson is an MFA candidate at the University of New Orleans and is a graduate (BA, MA) of the University of Iowa. Laura’s work has appeared in Goat’s Milk Magazine, Thimble Literary Magazine, Prompt Press, and Wild Roof Journal, among others. She is a 2019 Best of Net Nominee. Laura’s chapbook, Memento Vivere (Cabin Bear Books), is available at and wherever you buy books.

Leslie Caton Frey lives and writes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her work appears in Wapsipinicon Almanac, Pank, Tupelo Quarterly, and was a notable in Best American Essays.

Mary Kilburg is an avid reader, writer and local performer who believes everyone has a story worth telling and should have a platform to share their story. She teaches English and is a Drama director/Speech coach at Metro High School in Cedar Rapids. She writes primarily memoir and poetry, as well as scripts for her students.

Free Generative Writing Workshop for May: The Editors of Backchannels Journal

The Free Generative Writing Workshop provides a space for career writers, curious beginners, writers of all levels and stages of life. Our goal is to make it easy to meet and learn from some of the most talented writer/teachers living in or passing through Iowa City. Every month a new writer leads a generative workshop, presenting a prompt inspired by their own preoccupations, passions, or interests. Co-sponsored by Iowa City Poetry and PorchLight Literary Arts Center.

This Month's Leaders: Laura Johnson, Leslie Caton Frey, & Mary Kilburg, the Co-founding Editors of Backchannels Journal

Join the Co-founding Editors of Backchannels Journal for a prompt and writing session.

Sunday, May 15, 5:30-7 pm Central (3:30-5 PT, 4:30-6 MT,        6:30-8 ET)

Online and In Person:

  • To attend online, register HERE. After registering, the Zoom link will be automatically emailed to you
  • To attend in person, please join us at PorchLight Literary Arts Center, 1019 E. Washington, Iowa City

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