The Concept

Iota: the conference of short prose, August 14-17, 2014


Short forms, long weekend.

In a world in which heft seems to rule the day, Iota serves as a celebration of the small. Come spend a long weekend with skilled faculty and a community of writers focused on short prose: fiction, non-fiction, and prose poetry. 

Iota’s emphasis is generative: create new work while you’re here. Write in the morning, attend workshops and community discussions in the afternoon. 

The learning continues after the workshops, as Iota’s classrooms encompass the great, natural beauty of Maine’s Bold Coast and Campobello Island.

Faculty for 2014: Barbara Hurd, Essay; Charles Coe, Poetry; and Suzanne Strempek Shea, Fiction.

Here’s what 2013 Iota participants had to say:

“I've been to other conferences and retreats, but there is no comparison: the attention to every detail really couldn't be improved upon.”

“Iota  was not merely helpful in terms of insights gained, it was helpful in terms of revitalizing me before I head back home to write alone. When the interactions at a conference are so consistently positive, and the overall dynamic the same, it can make one feel they are one member of a big community.”

“I feel liberated and encouraged as a fiction writer making a jump to non-fiction. It was thrilling to find out how many options are available.”

“Living and learning in a tranquil environment surrounded by nature was very peaceful, and allowed me to focus on my writing and not worry about work and other responsibilities.”

“I came away with two revised pieces of work and still had time to go hiking twice a day!” 

To apply to Iota: the Conference of Short Prose, click here.

To pay your registration fee once your application is approved, click here