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Iowa Writers Workshop

Writer Campaigns for County Supervisor in Iowa's "City of Literature"

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2016 | Arts
Jeff Biggers

As the nation's first UNESCO "City of Literature," the sidewalks of Iowa City feature bronze relief panels with the words of famous writers connected to the area.

The Dangerous Math of Ethan Canin

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 02.29.2016 | Fifty
R. Clifton Spargo

It's been eight years since his last novel, and Ethan Canin has returned with the dazzlingly ambitious A Doubter's Almanac, which is one part intellec...

Don't Hold Your Breath, Iowa

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.01.2014 | College

Students at the University of Iowa are not happy their administration is not going to let HBO's "Girls" film on campus. In the Season 3 finale of t...

A Grandmother on Marriage, an Anniversary Card

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Margaret Sullivan

Illinois. Hawaii. New Jersey. The list of states recognizing same sex marriage has exploded to 16 plus the District of Columbia. With its surprising c...

First Trip

Carissa K | Posted 08.25.2013 | Sports
Carissa K

"I ain't taking you to watch no hockey game with that cap on." The cab driver nodded in the rearview mirror at Mike's Blackhawks ball cap.

Writing Their Way Back Home

Doug Bradley | Posted 06.09.2013 | Impact
Doug Bradley

They wrote haikus about sand and showers and rape. They crafted dialogue replete with four-letter words, gallows humor and lingering questions. "They" are the 30 courageous war veterans who attended a workshop in Iowa City April 5-7 entitled Writing My Way Back Home.

Never Enough

Peter Mehlman | Posted 03.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Peter Mehlman

Somehow, after 236 years under spacious skies, we've reached a place where having it all only accents what we lack. The shortfalls of our lives glint in the corner of our eyes and rather than look away, we sit and discount our blessings.

Literary Luminaries: Ayana Mathis And 13 Other Authors Of The Iowa Writers' Workshop

Posted 12.12.2012 | OWN

For more than 70 years, the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop has been one of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the United States. Celeb...

She was an inmate. I was a suburbanite. We were never supposed to be friends.

Joan Gelman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Women
Joan Gelman

She was an inmate. I was a suburbanite. We were never supposed to be friends.

Why You Should Reject The 'New Rules For Writers'

Andrew Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Andrew Shaffer

There's a virus going around the Internet right now that threatens to change the way you look at the world. And it seems to be infecting unpublished and "under-published" writers.

Tom Grimes's "The Leash": Narrative Magazine's Friday Feature

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Narrative Magazine: Tom Grimes, author of the newly released Mentor: A Memoir which traces his long friendship with legendary Iowa Writers' Workshop d...

The Poetry of Michael Tyrell

Ben Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ben Evans

To capture the voice of a city as immense and diverse as New York, to write its essence, is a challenge taken on by many resident literati.

Writer Wednesday: 11 Of The Best MFA Writing Programs (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Each Wednesday, Twitter users celebrate writing with the hashtag #writerwednesday, usually used to suggest new writers to follow. We've been expanding...

Poetry And Food

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

My Dinner with Dubie: Secrets from the Iowa Writers' Workshop Cookbook Matthew Gavin Frank The Poetry Foundation Recently my wife, Louisa, and I...

Iowa Writers' Workshop Graduate Spills It All: Interview with John McNally, Author of "After the Workshop"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

I thought McNally, because he has experienced the Iowa Writers' Workshop firsthand--and lived to tell the funniest tale ever written about it--would be an ideal subject to interview about a lot of concerns in the writing and publishing industries.