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Hello Writer! Welcome to the Iowa Summer Writing Festival! You're home.


Looking for a writing workshop? Registration for March workshops is now open. Click “Online Workshops” above and select "See Workshops" for details.


Wondering what's up with us?

In Fall 2020 the Festival began offering workshops online. Since then we've brought more than 650 writers to the virtual table in nearly 70 workshops across the genres. These are live (synchronous) courses via Zoom, supported by the Canvas Catalog learning management system.

We're writing our heads off, our hearts out. And we're having a ball doing it.

We could not be more thrilled by the opportunity the online platform gives us to offer workshops throughout the year, in a host of brand new formats, to longtime friends and newcomers all over the world. Coming together this way is an abiding happiness that fortifies us as writers and orients us in wobbly times. We plan to continue launching new online workshops monthly.

Do we miss gathering in person? Sorely. Is the on-campus Festival we've looked forward to every summer since 1987 kaput, capooey? Of course not. The Festival will return to campus when circumstances are stable enough to plan an event with some confidence. 

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!