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Our generous donors have made it possible for Writers' Workshop students from all over the world to come to Iowa City to focus on their work and make an immeasurable impact on today's literary landscape. The writers who live and work here are only able to do so with our donors' support.

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Whether by contributing to existing funds or establishing new ones, our donors enable us, year over year, to provide fair and equal funding to our graduate students, which in turn gives them the freedom to think and write. Over the last ten years, the program has made huge strides with our donors' support. The Workshop has grown into a diverse and vibrant community and we continue to see our grads succeed out in the literary world.

We are living in a complicated economy and a challenging time for public universities, and our overwhelming hope is to secure a stable future for this program. The Writers' Workshop has been a singular place for writers for over 80 years and we want to see it continue and thrive for 80 more. We wouldn't be able to do any of this without the help of our remarkable donors.

Support the Writers' Workshop 
Your support secures a future for the Iowa Writers' Workshop and its students. If you are interested in establishing a scholarship or fellowship fund, please contact the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. You can also make a donation to an existing fund below.
Donate Now 
Or contact:

Jane Van Voorhis at the University of Iowa Center for Advancement: 
319-467-3765  /

The Iowa Writers' Workshop offices: 
319-335-0416 / 

Our donors include alums, writers, readers, and philanthropists. We have an annual donation day called One Day for Iowa and occasional matching gifts.

Donor News

Delaney Nolan, Lan Samantha Chang, Monica West, Siqi Liu, Vauhini Vara, and Jacquelyn Bengfort

Celebrating 15 Years of The Rona Jaffe Foundation Graduate Fellowship at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Friday, April 28, 2023
The Rona Jaffe Foundation Graduate Fellowship at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop celebrates 15 years.
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Iowa Writers' Workshop announces Sonny Mehta Fellowships in Creative Writing

Monday, June 21, 2021
Iowa Writers' Workshop establishes the Sonny Mehta Fellowships in Creative Writing.
James Patterson

Famed Novelist's Donation Benefits Writers' Workshop Students

Friday, August 25, 2017
James Patterson makes a generous gift of scholarships for Writers' Workshop writers.

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