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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 Festival offers weeklong and weekend sessions. Each week and weekend includes a range of workshops across the genres to choose from. Here are the dates of the sessions in 2023:


  • 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'll post a listing of workshop titles, instructors, and dates just as soon as we've completed the schedule (we're aiming for mid-February). We'll update the page with complete workshop descriptions, instructor bios, registration fees, hotel information, etc., when we have these, in advance of the opening of registration.

Our plan is to open registration the week of March 6th. In any case, we'll update our progress here.


We also plan to resume online workshops in the spring. These are real-time (synchronous) courses via Zoom. We're inspired by the opportunity the online platform gives us to offer workshops across the seasons, in a host of new formats, to longtime friends and newcomers all over the world. 



If you'd like to receive updates and announcements about Festival workshops and goings-on, please email us at and ask to be added to our mailing list.

Get your coffee and pull up a chair. Summer is all year!