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Dear Writer,

Here in Iowa City, we are preparing for the 26th Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Since 1987, the Festival has welcomed to the campus of The University of Iowa writers from 18 to 94 years of age, from all 50 states and from every continent. Most of us come to the workshop table from other areas of expertise, other lives. These include law, journalism, parenthood, medicine, education, performance, diplomacy, social work, pastoral care, farming, and lollygagging. We come together across the genres and at every level of literary practice with a common purpose and in a common enterprise. We come as writers. This is the only assumption we make about you at the Festival, whether you arrive here with the third draft of your novel, a message in a bottle, or a line you’ve written to yourself on your hand.

The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is proud to belong to Iowa City—a UNESCO City of Literature and the first American City of Literature in the Creative Cities Network. Iowa City has long been a haven for writers, and The University of Iowa our ancestral home. For eighty years, Iowa has taught the world to write. The gifts of this rich literary soil continue today in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the International Writing Program, the Nonfiction Writing Program, the Playwrights Workshop, the Translation Program, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, The Iowa Review, the Iowa Center for the Book, The University of Iowa Press, The Examined Life, and Prairie Lights Books’ Live from Prairie Lights. In recent years, Iowa City dedicated the Iowa Avenue Literary Walk, which celebrates, in bronze relief, some of the singular voices that have come together here, from Flannery O’Connor and Kurt Vonnegut to John Irving and James Tate. Everything here is closely observed?now, even the sidewalks.

The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is an opportunity for you to share your work in a community that wishes it well. It’s a long conversation we’ve been having in Iowa City. It’s a rumba.

We invite you to join the dance.

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Amy Margolis


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Iowa City, IA 52242

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Last updated on November 14, 2012