Thursday, June 13, 2019

With LitCity Lore, we periodically feature a story from our new LitCity website, which maps unique Iowa City literary stories to the locations where writers lived, worked, gave readings, socialized and were inspired by the town.

This week we are highlighting Yaa Gyasi's time at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

In an article on Yaa Gyasi in SF Gate by Eli Wolfe, Wolfe describes Gyasi’s writing process while she was a student at the University of Iowa:

She was relieved when she was accepted to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2012. In Iowa, Gyasi was finally able to unpack the novel she had been carrying around for three years. Gyasi worked slowly and methodically, sometimes advancing only 200 words a day. But when she completed the novel in 2015 and her agent sent it to publishers, the offers flooded in immediately, culminating in a seven-figure advance that she received from Knopf.

You can also hear Gyasi read from Homecoming at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City! Explore this story and more at the LitCity website.