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The Festival encourages you to meet and get to know members of other workshops and experience the energy and ambiance of summer in Iowa City. Festival writers enjoy getting together in the mornings for coffee and conversation, and gatherings are planned throughout the week (see "Typical Weeklong and Weekend Schedules").

You’ll want to take time to lose yourself in Iowa City’s many bookstores and literary haunts, to dally on the bank of the Iowa River, and to enjoy theater, film, and music downtown. Readings by outstanding contemporary voices, hosted by Prairie Lights bookstore, are a favorite among locals and Festival participants alike.

We post announcements of coming events continually throughout the summer here and on the Iowa Summer Writing Festival Facebook page.