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Madwriters – Misty Urban
Misty Urban holds an MFA in fiction and a Ph.D. in medieval literature from Cornell University. She is an experienced teacher of composition, literature, and creative writing and a former assistant professor of English at Lewis-Clark State College. Currently she is an English instructor and Coordinator of the Writing Center at Muscatine Community College. Her published works in fiction include several award-winning short stories and the collection _A Lesson in Manners_, which won the 2014 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press. Her creative nonfiction includes essays on motherhood and writing featured in _Literary Mama_ and elsewhere. Her medieval scholarship includes several articles on medieval romance, teaching medieval literature, reference volumes on the history of Europe and world writers to 1300, and a co-edited volume of essay on the medieval fairy Melusine. Her book _Monstrous Women in Medieval Romance_ won the D. Simon Evans Dissertation Prize for Medieval Studies and was published in 2010 by Edwin Mellen Press. She is currently at work on a historical novel.
Misty has been facilitating writing groups and workshops since she first established Madwriters as the Madison Writers Workshop in 1999 and is currently vice-president of the Muscatine Writers on the Avenue. She served as the nonfiction editor of The Southeast Review while at Florida State University and as an editor for Forword,a publication of the Cornell University Women’s Resource Center. For classroom visits and guest speaking appearances she likes to combine readings with creative exercises, discussion, and short workshops on craft, but she is quite able to adapt these workshops to audience preference. Her past editing and consulting projects have included manuscripts in the hard and soft sciences, medical narratives, memoir, and professional writing. She offers project feedback and services ranging from proof-reading and editing to manuscript evaluation and coaching. Rates vary by project, so please contact her via e-mail for a free consultation. Writing is mad, messy, joyous, and painful, but no one has to do it entirely alone!