THE WRITERS' WORKSHOP
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The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop was the first creative writing program in the nation. As early as 1922, the University had taken the radical step of granting graduate degree credit for creative work, and the writing program was officially established in 1936. The Workshop gained a national reputation as the premier program of its kind. The Writers' Workshop became the prototype for the 300 writing programs in existence today, and maintains its standing as the best in the nation.
The Writers' Workshop is one of Iowa's most prominent contributions to the cultural life of the United States and the world. As a literary institution, the Workshop was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2003. It claims among its graduates winners of virtually every major literary award, including 17 winners of the Pulitzer Prize, three recent U. S. Poets Laureate, and numerous winners of the National Book Award, MacArthur "Genius Grants," and other major honors.
A program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Writers' Workshop does more than simply place Iowa on the literary map; it promotes our University and state as fertile ground for some of the most creative minds of our time. By providing a place where writers can deepen their understanding of the art and craft of writing, the Workshop fosters the development of writers and teachers whose work can change lives and even change the way we see the world.
Private support for the Workshop strengthens every aspect of the program, including financial aid for deserving students, funding to help bring visiting writers to the UI, and resources that can help the Workshop attract and retain world-renowned faculty.
The following fund represents the top philanthropic priority of the Writers' Workshop.