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


Looking for a writing workshop? Registration for June 2022 workshops opens June 10 at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. In the coming days, we'll be adding many more workshops that begin in JulyClick “Online Workshops” above, then "See Workshops" for details, or go directly to the ISWF Online Workshops Storefront to view our current class listings.

Wondering what's up with us?

In Fall 2020 the Festival began offering workshops online. Since then we've brought upwards of 1,000 writers to the virtual table in nearly 100 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. The Festival will return to campus in 2023. 

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!