Creative Writing Programs

  • The Iowa Writers' Workshop is a two-year residency program which culminates in the submission of a creative thesis (a novel, a collection of stories, or a book of poetry) and the awarding of a Master of Fine Arts degree. The University of Iowa...

    507 North Clinton St. | Iowa City, IA | 52240
    (319) 335-0416
  • 1400 writers more than 120 countries International Writing Program residency

    Founded in 1967 by Paul Engle and Hualing Nieh Engle, the IWP was the first writers residency to reach out across national borders, and remains unique in the world of creative writing. Established writers from across the globe gather for three...

    100 Shambaugh House | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-0128
  • iowa summer writing festival courses program creative writing workshop week

    The Iowa Summer Writing Festival consists of 136 different non-credit workshops, open to writers 21 years and older (no previous experience necessary). One-week and weekend long workshop format sessions are offered throughout June and July...

    C215 Seashore Hall | The University of Iowa | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-4160
  • The Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa awards an MFA degree to accomplished students of literary nonfiction. Most often, the 48 semester-hour program takes three years to complete, culminating in a thesis of at least 75 pages,...

    308 English Philosophy Building | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-0440
  • iowa playwriting MFA new play festival program workshop

    The Iowa Playwrights Workshop—The University of Iowa's MFA Program in Playwriting—is an intensive three-year program dedicated to educating playwrights for the professional theatre.

    The objective of the program is to train talented...

    107 Theatre Building | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 353-2401
  • Iowa Young Writers' Studio students editing workshop

    At the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, 132 high school-age writers from across the country come together every summer to share their work, practice craft, and improve their writing. Students choose a single course of study-- Poetry, Fiction, or...

    250 CEF | Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    (319) 335-4209
  • Work desk at Irish Writing Program

    The University of Iowa Irish Writing Program offers participants the opportunity to study creative writing and Irish literature in the heart of Dublin. The workshops meet three times a week for six weeks and are taught by Irish writers. In...

    Office for Study Abroad | 1111 University Capitol Centre | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-0353
  • Translation page from a book

    The MFA in Translation, originating in the Translation Workshop, is a degree program in Cinema and Comparative Literature that promotes creative performance and the study of languages, literature, criticism, and cultural history. The aim of the...

    E210 AJB | Iowa City IA 52242
    (319) 335-0330
  • Spanish Creative Writing MFA

    The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers coursework in Spanish-language creative writing. The Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing will allow graduate students to develop their talent as writers in Spanish while working...

    111 Phillips Hall | University of Iowa | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-2923
  • undergradute creative writing track image milkweed

    The University of Iowa's Department of English offers a selective-admission Undergraduate Creative Writing Track. The Writing Track is a multiple-genre experience that includes Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Playwriting, and Translation.


    Department of English | 308 English Philosophy Building | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-0454

Programs Affiliated with Creative Writing

  • Students in the English Department are actively involved in the processes of creating, interpreting, and publishing a variety of texts. They experiment with diverse styles and perspectives, working with materials that range from literary classics...

    Department of English | 308 English Philosophy Building | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-0454
  • school of journalism and mass communication adler journalism building

    Established in 1924, the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication has long been recognized as a leader in journalism education. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication undergraduate program prepares students for...

    School of Journalism & Mass Communication | 100 Adler Journalism Building | Iowa City IA 52242
    (319) 335-3486
  • University of Iowa Press Leaves Logo

    Established in 1969, the University of Iowa Press publishes, poetry and short fiction, and works of creative nonfiction, as well as books that fill the needs of scholars and students throughout the world. The Press publishes the winners of the...

    University of Iowa Press | 119 W. Park Road | 100 Kuhl House | Iowa City IA 52242
    (319) 335-2000
  • center for the book typesetting hands

    The Center for the Book is an innovative, interdisciplinary research and arts unit located within the University of Iowa Graduate College. The University of Iowa Center for the Book is a unique program that conjoins training in the technique and...

    216 North Hall | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-0447
  • uiowa intermedia program header logo image

    The Intermedia Area of The University of Iowa School of Art & Art History offers a 2 year MA/3 year MFA program that encourages interdisciplinary research and production in time-based media, experimental video, new media and installation....

    1805 Studio Arts | 1375 Highway 1 W | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-3907
  • cinema comparative literature department translation mfa film studies logo

    The Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature offers individualized programs in the interdisciplinary study of literature and the study and production of film and audiovisual arts. It is the home of the country's oldest MFA program in...

    E210 Adler Journalism Building | University of Iowa | Iowa City IA | 52242
    (319) 335-0330
  • uiowa main library

    The University of Iowa Libraries is the largest library system in Iowa and the 14th largest among the nation’s research libraries. The Libraries' Digital Library Services, as well as...

    The University of Iowa Libraries | 100 Main Library | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-5299
  • Theatre arts image

    The University of Iowa Theatre Arts Department is one of the oldest and most respected theatre programs in the country. The department offers students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate BA degree, or an MFA degree with an emphasis in acting...

    Department of Theatre Arts | University of Iowa | 107 Theatre Building | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-2700
  • the iowa review logo masthead

    One of the best-known and most highly respected literary reviews in the country, the Iowa Review has been publishing continuously for 36 years. The journal carries stories, poems, essays and reviews by both new and established writers.

    The Iowa Review | The University of Iowa | 308 English Philosophy Building | Iowa City, IA | 52242
  • SLIS journal logo

    The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) offers a graduate-level program of professional and academic preparation for careers in libraries and information centers. Associate Professor James Elmborg manages the Virtual Writing...

    SLIS | 3087 Main Library | University of Iowa | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-5707
  • rhetoric department image books stacked

    The Rhetoric Department offers courses that fulfill the General Education Program requirement in rhetoric and provides individual instruction in its Writing and Speaking Centers. It also offers other undergraduate courses and graduate seminars....

    Department of Rhetoric | 171 English-Philosophy Building | The University of Iowa | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-0178
  • language literacy and culture program

    The program in Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC) offers a Ph.D. that brings together scholarly traditions and contemporary theory in literacy and cultural studies. Course work provides both a broad background in relevant theoretic and...

    N459 Lindquist Center | University of Iowa | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (310) 355-5434
  • uiowa school of social work

    The University of Iowa School of Social Work's mission is to develop, disseminate, and integrate excellent and compelling research-based knowledge, practice, and policy particularly as related to children, families, and older adults.

    The University of Iowa School of Social Work | 308 North Hall | Iowa City, Iowa 52242
  • POROI logo project on rhetoric of inquiry

    The Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) is an interdisciplinary program at the University of Iowa. Its mission is to explore how scholarship and professional discourses are conducted through argument and how paradigms of knowledge are...

    Bowman House | 230 North Clinton St. | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 335-2752
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Writing

    Nestled in the only American town honored with the designation of being a UNESCO City of Literature, the UI has recently added to its rich literary tradition by offering a brand new Undergraduate Certificate in Writing Program, enabling students...

    218 Schaeffer Hall | Iowa City, IA | 52240
    (319) 384-1328
  • Between the Lines -- creative writing program

    Between the Lines (BTL) brings together young writers aged 16-19 years old from the USA, Russia and Arabic-speaking countries to develop their creative writing skills while exploring each other’s cultures. For two exciting weeks, participants...

    Shambaugh House, 430 N. Clinton St. | Iowa City, IA | 52242
    (319) 384-3296

Media Production, Preservation, and Outreach

  • Iowa Public Radio Talk of Iowa Know the Score Literary Community Programs

    WSUI and KSUI are the public radio broadcasting services of the University of Iowa and Iowa Public Radio. These stations seek to enrich the literary community with programs such as "Talk of Iowa," and "Know the Score."

    211 Grand Avenue | Suite 100 | Des Moines, IA | 50312
    (319) 335-5730
  • UITV Logo

    University of Iowa Television (UITV) is a cable programming service available to cable television viewers on campus and in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, and surrounding communities.

    Iowa Memorial Union | Room 260A | 125 North Madison St | Iowa City, IA 52242
    (319) 335-5898