IOWA & LITERATURE GO HAND IN HAND
A MISSING PIECE IN THE CITY OF LITERATURE
Iowa has a thriving literary arts community coupled with a global reputation in literature. In 2008, Iowa City was designated a UNESCO City of Literature making it a destination for writers, near and far. But up until 2014, Iowa City didn't have a literary center. Writers not in a full-time MFA program had limited opportunities to engage, learn, or even meet other writers. Without a literary center, there were also limited job opportunities for our graduates, many of whom wanted to stay in Iowa.
AN OPEN DOOR TO THE LITERARY COMMUNITY
Today the Iowa Writers' House is a hub of literary activity, filling that need and operating as a central access point for writers. The house holds workshops, lectures, and educational opportunities. We feature the best and the brightest literary talent as instructors, providing jobs and experience for writers who have called Iowa home! Our mission is to extend the Iowa literary legacy and to strengthen community among writers, editors, readers, audiences, and all those who honor the power of words.