Creative Writing

The University of Iowa’s prestigious Writers' Workshop offers workshops and readings in both fiction and poetry. Graduate writers are gifted poets and writers from one of the most highly-regarded programs in the country.

Poets and writers frequently visit schools and communities throughout Iowa. These talented writers are available for public readings, writing workshops for students of all ages, literary festivals, panel discussions, and more.

Graduate/Post-Graduate

Jorge Guerra

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Jorge Guerra received his B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing at CSULB and an MFA at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was a Dean's Graduate Research Fellow. He currently lives in Iowa...

Raj Chakrapani

Raj Chakrapani grew up on American breakfast cereal and balavihar. He studied Indian Classical Violin and worked as a journalist before joining Peace Corps where he served in Romania and Liberia. As a teacher for the U.S. Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar...

Anca Roncea

Anca Roncea is a poet and translator. She is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently attending the University of Iowa's MFA program in Literary Translation. Her work can in be found in the Berkeley Poetry Review as well as in...

Fatima Mirza

Fatima Mirza was born and raised in California. She began working on her novel as an undergraduate at the University of California in Riverside and was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. She currently...

Joyce E. Turner

Joyce E. Turner earned her MFA in 2009 from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Primarily a fiction writer, she is also available for nonfiction and poetry students. She has taught General Education Literature and Creative Writing Studio Workshop at the...

Faculty

James Galvin

Explore poetic technique through readings or workshops with UI Poetry Workshop faculty James Galvin. Mr. Galvin is the author of numerous poems and books of poetry--The Meadow (1992), Elements (1988), God's Mistress (1984) and Imaginary Timber (1981...

Program

Veterans' Voices Project

Veterans’ Voices Project (VVP) is a creative writing outreach program connecting graduate students from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop with veterans on campus and throughout Iowa in order to help them share their stories. VVP emphasizes personal...

The Patient Voice Project

The Patient Voice Project offers creative writing classes to chronically-ill hospital patients. Created by students at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and Arts Share, the classes are free, conducted both in groups and one-on-one sessions,...