Writing Tailgate scheduled for Oct. 20

Most citizens here recognize that Iowa City has two passions: literature and football. So, in honor of both, a collective of writing programs will sponsor the first-ever “Writing Tailgate” on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 3-5 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

Oct. 20 has been designated by Congress as the National Day on writing.

Young children through adults can join in literary scavenger hunts, Scrabble scrambles, magnetic poetry, a haiku contest, twitter stories, digital storytelling, a Hemingway Challenge (six-word-stories), post-it fiction, erasure/found poetry, words to live by, iPad writing, Spanish writing, art-inspired writing – among other writing activities. Football fans can stop by on their way to the game for free, tailgate style food and writing inspired door prizes. Join us the whole time or pop in for a quick writing respite.

Iowa Review authors including James McKean and Kim Lozano will read from their works between 3 and 4 p.m. Discoveries: New Writing from the Iowa Review is an anthology of stories, essays and poetry selected from the Review archives for high school and college undergraduate classes. Inspired by the Discoveries selections, aspiring teachers will lead short writing exercises.

From 4 to 5 p.m., an open mic segment will be held, where any writer, or group of writers, can share work with the audience.

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