Our alumni work as teachers and writers across many disciplines and publish books in every genre. 6 recent U.S. Poets Laureate have been graduates of the Writers' Workshop and some of the most distinctive, celebrated voices in contemporary poetry and fiction have come through our program and used their time here to develop their work and their voice.

"I do not in fact know what I would have done, or who I would have been as an adult, if I hadn’t lived in and around Iowa City"

 - Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, MFA Writers' Workshop


News, Publications, and Awards

Jamel Brinkley, Justin Torres, and Robyn Schiff are named 2024 Guggenheim fellows Ada Zhang receives a 2024 Whiting Award Lan Samantha Chang receives 2024 Arts and Letters Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters Jamel Brinkley is a finalist for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award Jamel Brinkley is shortlisted for the 2024 Aspen Words Literary Prize

Anita de Monte Laughs Last, by Xóchitl González

Anita de Monte Laughs Last 
Xóchitl González 
March 5, 2024 | Fiction

36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem, by Nam Le

36 Ways of Writing
a Vietnamese Poem 
Nam Le 
March 5, 2024 | Poetry

The Great Divide, by Cristina Henríquez

The Great Divide
Cristina Henríquez 
March 5, 2024 | Fiction

Death Styles, by Joyelle McSweeney

Death Styles 
Joyelle McSweeney 
April 2, 2024 | Poetry

The Latest Updates


Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Thursday, April 18 at 1pm and 8pm in the Frank Conroy Reading Room at Glenn Schaeffer Library/Dey House, the Writers' Workshop presents a Q&A and reading with poet, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge events.uiowa.edu/86095


Friday, April 12, 2024
Congratulations to the 2024 Guggenheim Fellows! Including, Workshop fiction faculty member, Jamel Brinkley; alumni Robyn Schiff and Justin Torres; and artist Lorraine O'Grady www.gf.org https://www.gf.org/


Friday, April 12, 2024
Sunday! 4/14, 3:30. p.m. at PorchLight Literary, 1019 E. Washington St., Today You Are Perfect reading series will feature local writers for poetry month, including Workshop Visiting faculty member, Wendy Xu; Workshop alum, Margaret Yapp; and more! events.uiowa.edu/86177


Friday, April 12, 2024
Tonight! Friday, 4/12 at 7p.m. at Prairie Lights bookstore, Sarah Braunstein will read from her new novel, 'Bad Animals,' joined in conversation by author Rachel Yoder events.uiowa.edu/85682


Friday, April 12, 2024
Congratulations to Ada Zhang! Winner of a 2024 Whiting Award in Fiction https://now.uiowa.edu/news/2024/04/iowa-writers-workshop-graduate-among-2024-winners-whiting-award


Friday, April 12, 2024
'Soul Talk' With Joy Harjo, via The First Person substack with Michael Judge https://open.substack.com/pub/michaeljudge/p/soul-talk-with-joy-harjo-88f?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
Jamel Brinkley, Robyn Schiff and Justin Torres portrait collage

Workshop faculty and alumni named 2024 Guggenheim Fellows

Friday, April 12, 2024
Guggenheim Fellows this year include Assistant Professor of Fiction Jamel Brinkley, alumni Justin Torres and Robyn Schiff, and artist Lorraine O'Grady, who also attended the Writers' Workshop.
Ada Zhang, seated with forearms arms crossed across lap

Ada Zhang winner of a 2024 Whiting Award in Fiction

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Ada Zhang among the recipients of the 2024 Whiting Award, prestigious literary award for emerging writers
A portrait of Justin Torres

Justin Torres wins the 2023 National Book Award for Fiction

Thursday, November 16, 2023
University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Justin Torres won the 2023 National Book Award for Fiction.
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National Book Foundation to present Lifetime Achievement Award to Rita Dove

Saturday, September 9, 2023
Rita Dove, an Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate received the 2023 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
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