Upcoming Readings

If you cannot see the event listings, a browser extension may be blocking content.

Support Us

You can make a gift online to one of the many writing programs at the University of Iowa by selecting a link below to contribute:

(links will open to external UI Foundation site)

More Information

  • 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

  • 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... more

  • 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, either a sustained essay or a collection of shorter pieces. Work in the essay and on prose style is a... 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 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 in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, and more.

  • 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 program is to encourage the practice of translation and to bring about greater awareness of its... 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.