Friday, May 1, 2020

Hello there!

There is so much to do (and not do) these days, and our collective bandwidths are being strained in enormous ways. At the University of Iowa, we love our writers, our programs, we love our graduates and our students -- and we love the wealth of literature that they gift us, simply by being here.

We have created "5 Reads for Friday" as an easy, laid-back series, compiling a short list of inspirational, helpful and fun treasures from our family to yours. Enjoy what you find, take what you need, and be well.


  • Hey Iowa, What Should I Read?: We've got you! A Reading List from the Iowa Writers' Workshop

    Today's list is from the Iowa Writers' Workshop -- it includes fantastic work by students, faculty and alumni. Read on!

  • From our Free Online Courses: How Writers Write Fiction I

    This MOOC-Pack presents the first fiction writing MOOC, designed for beginning and experienced writers. You can go at your own pace in this completely free course, ready to use right out-of-the-box!


  • From the Iowa Review: Sharon Olds, The House of Fecundity (1981)

    "I walk / away through a haze of cedar chips, the / gold dust of life, a free / woman at last, a rational guide to the universe."


  • From the University of Iowa Press: Just Checking In, with JoeAnn Hart

    University of Iowa Press authors share their quarantine routines, writing tips, book suggestions and playlists this week!


  • Iowa Long Read:  Women’s Creative Mentorship Project

    In 2019, the International Writing Program organized a special program to develop amplify women’s literary voices by matching an established writer (and IWP Fall Residency alumna) with two emerging/beginning writers from her home/residing country. This stunning anthology bears the fruits of their labor, with contributions from Argentina, Botswana, Colombia, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Mauritius, Mexico, Somalia, and South Africa.





And that's it!
We hope you enjoy. And check back each week for a new list!



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