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Hello Writer! Welcome to the Iowa Summer Writing Festival!


We're currently planning for the return of the Festival to campus in July, 2023.


Look out, Iowa City, we’re coming back, and this time we mean business!



The storming of Iowa City resumes with...

  • Weeklong Workshops, July 9–14
  • Weekend Workshops, July 15–16
  • Weeklong Workshops, July 16–21
  • Weekend Workshops, July 22–23
  • Weeklong Workshops, July 23–28


We're still working on the roster of workshops for summer, i.e., who's teaching what, and when. It's a limby critter! When we pin down these basics, we'll post a preview of workshops on this page. We're aiming for the latter part of March.


If you'd like to receive the preview of workshops as well as updates regarding the opening of registration, please write us at and ask to be added to our mailing list. 


Note: We won't open registration for July on-campus workshops until we've posted the complete schedule and updated this page with full course descriptions, instructor bios, fees, and housing options.



We'll resume online workshops in the spring, starting in the latter part of April. These are real-time (synchronous) courses via Zoom. We'll post more information about online workshops here as details are finalized, and we'll include this info in our email updates. Forthcoming workshops online appear on the UI Learn Festival Storefront.



If you have questions, please drop us a line at iswfestival@uiowa.eduWe're happy to hear from you.


Get your coffee and pull up a chair. We've got a lot to talk about.