University of Iowa

Summer in Iowa City

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. 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 Books, are a favorite among locals and Festival participants alike. We post announcements of coming events on this site throughout the summer and on the Iowa Summer Writing Festival Facebook page.



Iowa City is easily accessible. If you are driving, you will find us just south of Interstate 80. The Eastern Iowa Regional Airport (CID) is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about twenty miles north of Iowa City. Shuttle service is available from the airport. The Quad City International Airport (MLI) is located in Moline, Illinois, approximately 65 miles from Iowa City. Though not as close as the airport in Cedar Rapids, flights into Moline can be a value. Greyhound Bus service is available between Moline and Iowa City. There is no train service to Iowa City.