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 program typically admits up to fifty graduate students each year - approximately twenty-five each in the fiction and poetry programs.
Each year the Workshop faculty selects a class of fiction writers and poets from a large and impressive pool of applicants. The manuscript is by far the most important part of any application. We do not look for any particular style of writing, but rather for strong work that shows evidence of talent and individuality. The Workshop is committed to a diverse educational environment.
- View: Video of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival's Eleventh Hour lecture series panel, "The MFA at Any Age," featuring Lan Samantha Chang and alumni from the Iowa Writers' Workshop
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