September 2017

5Q Interview: Luis Xavier Corona Villanova (Mexico), 2017 IWP resident

5Q Interview: Ubah Cristina Ali Farah (Italy) 2017 IWP Resident

Iowa Writers' Workshop

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 Writers' Workshop was the first creative writing degree program in the United States and the model for contemporary writing programs.

For more than 70 years emerging writers have come to Iowa City to work on their manuscripts and to exchange ideas about writing and reading with each other and with the faculty. Many of them have gone on to publish award-winning work after graduating. With the spirit of an arts colony and the benefits of the research University of which we are a part, the Writers' Workshop continues to foster and to celebrate American literature in all its varied forms.

507 North Clinton St.
Iowa City, IA, 52240
phone: (319) 335-0416

International Writing Program

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 fall months in Iowa City, becoming part of the lively literary community on and off campus. Over the years, the IWP has hosted more than 1,000 writers from more than 100 countries.

100 Shambaugh House | Iowa City, IA | 52242

Nonfiction Writing Program


The Nonfiction Writing Program is a three-year residency program which culminates in the submission of a creative nonfiction thesis and the awarding of a Master of Fine Arts degree. It was the first creative writing program in the United States dedicated to the study of the literary essay and is now home to the University's Center for the Essay. The Nonfiction Writing Program is regularly ranked the #1 program in the U.S. for creative nonfiction.

Graduates of the Nonfiction Writing Program have received the MacArthur Award, the National Book Award, Whiting Writer's Awards, National Magazine Awards, the National Book Critics Circle Award, Lannan Literary Awards, PEN Awards, Pushcart Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, NEA Fellowships, Howard Foundation Fellowships, Rhona Jaffe Fellowships, USA Fellowships, and many others--all within the past ten years.

308 English Philosophy Building | Iowa City, IA | 52242
Phone: 319-335-0440

Iowa Playwrights 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 playwrights as writers and collaborative theatre artists who will lead the American theatre in the creation of new works and the training of future generations of writers and artists.

107 Theatre Building
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319.353.2401

Department of English | Undergraduate Creative Writing Major

The English Department offers an English and Creative Writing major for undergraduates, along with its major in English. The writing major builds from traditions of literary analysis and artistic practice that have distinguished the university. Majors study with established and emerging writers, in a rigorous 42 credit-hour sequence involving intensive reading and workshop engagement in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, criticism, translating, playwriting, and other fields. For graduate students, the department houses the unparalleled Nonfiction Writing program, which offers an MFA degree that fosters creative treatment of journalism, memoir, cultural criticism, digital writing, and the essay form. The department hosts readings by creators, scholars, and critics, building a literary community inside and outside the university to which all are welcome.

308 English Philosophy Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1492
Phone: 319-335-0454
Fax: 319-335-2535

5Q Interview: Kristian Sendon Cordero (Philippines) 2017 IWP Resident

5Q Interview: Gimba Kakanda (Nigeria) 2017 IWP resident

5Q Interview: Kinga Tóth (Hungary), 2017 IWP resident



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