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  • Founded in 1967 by Paul Engle and Hualing Nieh Engle, the International Writing Program (IWP) was the first writers residency to reach out across national borders, and remains unique in the world of letters. Established writers from across the globe gather every fall to spend three months in Iowa City, the first UNESCO City of Literature in the... more

  • 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... more

  • 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... more

  • 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... more


    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... more

  • 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,... more

  • At the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, 144 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 Creative Writing (a survey that includes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction)--as their focus for... more

  • Beginning with the country's first translation workshop over fifty years ago, literary translation has long been an integral part of the conversation about writing at the University of Iowa. The MFA program in Literary Translation combines creative practice, international literature in-the-making, with training in world languages, literatures... more

  • 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 with established writers from the Spanish-speaking world.

  • 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 in all majors to benefit from the wide-ranging writing programs and resources available on campus... more

  • The major in screenwriting arts draws on the long and historic creative writing tradition at the University of Iowa by expanding undergraduate offerings to include a program in screenwriting. Students are instructed on practical skills and knowledge needed to become successful members of the screenwriting industry, but they also learn about the... more


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