The Iowa Writers' House

Who they Are

Iowa has a thriving literary arts community coupled with a global reputation in literature. In 2008, Iowa City was designated a UNESCO City of Literature making it a destination for writers, near and far. But up until 2014, Iowa City didn't have a literary center. Writers not in a full-time MFA program had limited opportunities to engage, learn, or even meet other writers. Without a literary center, there were also limited job opportunities for our graduates, many of whom wanted to stay in Iowa. 

Founded by Andrea Wilson, the Iowa Writers' House is a hub of literary activity, filling that need and operating as a central access point for writers.  The house holds workshops, lectures, and educational opportunities. We feature the best and the brightest literary talent as instructors, providing jobs and experience for writers who have called Iowa home! Our mission is to extend the Iowa literary legacy and to strengthen community among writers, editors, readers, audiences, and all those who honor the power of words.

Why we love them

The Iowa Writers' House is where we got our start: there wouldn't be a Writers' Rooms without them.  Andrea Wilson is one of the warmest, most welcoming people you'll ever meet, and the workshops are taught by some amazing writers.  

They're held in such a welcoming space, too! The House itself is absolutely gorgeous, with comfortable couches and nooks to write in. 


Imagine Other Worlds with Authors

Who They Are

Imagine Other Worlds with Authors (I.O.W.A.) is a multi-genre author signing event held in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa metro area. Inspired by other author signing events held in Iowa, like the North Iowa Book Bash (NIBB) and the Romance Rendezvous, organizers Dana Beatty and Terri M. LeBlanc got together three years ago to bring such an event to eastern Iowa.

I.O.W.A. strives to bring together readers and authors from multiple genres. Each year the goal is to have 20-30 attending authors from various genres including romance, young adult, children’s, nonfiction, science fiction, fantasy, and general fiction.

Readers of all ages are invited to the attend this free event. You can learn more about the event, including seeing a list of all the attending authors, by visiting ( or by following I.O.W.A. on Facebook (

Why We Love Them

We met two of the members of I.O.W.A, Dana Beatty and Terri LeBlanc, at ICON41 in 2016. Since then, we’ve maintained a lovely relationship with them both and attended additional ICON and literary events with them. They have also been two of our biggest supporters. Our very own Alex Penland will b appearing at I.O.W.A this July, along with other members of the TWR community. We believe in the importance of promoting local authors and supporting those who hold the events. Both Dana and Terri are absolutely wonderful people, and we can’t wait to watch the organization grow.

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Iowa Writers

Who They Are

Welcome to Iowa Writers. We are a state-wide collective of professional Iowa authors, poets, and book illustrators. Originally created as the networking group PAL of Central Iowa (Published Authors Liaison) by author Wendy Delsol in 2009, PAL has since evolved and expanded to celebrate and support our storytellers statewide. Now Iowa Writers, our members write and traditionally publish adult fiction and nonfiction of every genre and subject, young adult fiction, middle grade books, children's picture books, short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. We illustrate children's books, write text for pictorial books, ghostwrite memoirs, and edit and write for national literary journals. We all live in Iowa, and are connected through the often tough business of professional publishing. Iowa Writers is a showcase of the talented and hardworking storytellers of our state.

Why We Love Them

We met both Wendy Delsol and Kali VanBaale through The Iowa Writers’ House. Alex Penland had the wonderful opportunity of concierging both of their workshops. The left such an impression, that we’ve stayed in contact with them. They do a wonderful job of supporting the literary community and showcasing local authors and their works. They’ve promoted TWR events on their website and interviewed Alex as well. If you’re a published author in Iowa, reach out to them!