The Iowa Summer Writing Festival

The ISWF consists of 136 different non-credit workshops, open to writers with no previous experience necessary, in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, and more.

Program News

The Eleventh Hour Lecture Series Opens the Iowa Summer Writing Festival to the Public

Marathon Training for the Fiction Writer

Elizabeth McCracken wins the Story Prize

Remembering Workshop Alum Rick Hillis

Even More Podcasts from the Iowa Summer Writing Festival!

Program Highlights


   Founded in 1987

   136 different non-credit workshops

   One-week and weekend-long workshop format sessions are offered throughout June and July

   Award-winning faculty and alumni, including Venise Berry, Hope Edelman, Robin Hemley, Timothy Bascom and more

Iowa Summer Writing Festival

Since 1987, the Festival has welcomed to the campus of The University of Iowa writers from 18 to 97 years of age, from all 50 states, and from every continent. Most of the participants come to the workshop table from other areas of expertise, other lives. These include the armed forces, business, diplomacy, education, farming, homemaking, journalism, law, law enforcement, medicine, parenting, pastoral care, the performing arts, social services, and more. They come together across the genres, the generations, and at every level of literary practice in a common enterprise. They come as writers. 

250 CEF, The University of Iowa