The Rooms

FIND YOUR COMMUNITY

The Rooms are created based on community need. Iowa has many science fiction and fantasy writers, so we created The Violet Realm first to bring people together. As the call for a genre- or topic-based Room grows louder, we aim to find two concierges, leaders, who can support that Room and the people. 

SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Are you interested in imparting your knowledge to the community? During a session, you can lead a lesson about a topic that's specific to that Room. Concierges will still be present, but you can share your knowledge with fellow members of the community! Don't worry, we're here to help you get started. 

LEARN FROM YOUR COMMUNITY

Are you a writer who needs guidance as you work on your story? Come join one of our Rooms and learn a new lesson each week! These lessons are created both by our concierges and our community. Prompts are provided as well to help you get started. 

"[I love] to hear other writers discuss their projects, inspirations, ideas, failures, and successes on all levels- from prolifically published to writing contest winners and runner-ups to those who love to write for the joy of writing. It's all-inclusive and motivating."

--JJ Vorst, community member

 
 
 


 
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Free Writing Space

"The best Room."

--Emily, Parchment Lounge Concierge

 
 

About the Room

This is The Writers’ Rooms’ free-write Room! We meet at Sanctuary Pub every Monday from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Come enjoy a drink and food, work on your craft, and meet fellow writers! All writers are welcome at all of our Rooms, but the Parchment Lounge is not genre-specific.

Attendees are welcome to stay past 8:30pm, but the event ceases to be affiliated with The Writers' Rooms at that time. 

  Concierges:  Derek, Emily, and Ross are your Concierges for the Parchment Lounge! 

Concierges: Derek, Emily, and Ross are your Concierges for the Parchment Lounge! 

 
 

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Science Fiction and Fantasy

"I love my weirdo sci-fi/fantasy writers. My first meeting was like walking into a room full of strangers who were my instant best friends."

--Leslie Kung, Cedar Room Concierge

 
 
 
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Concierges: Alex Penland and Erin Casey, the Directors of The Writers' Rooms, also serve as the Concierges of the Violet Realm. 

About the Room

Ever wanted to learn how to write science fiction and fantasy? The Violet Realm is the place to be!

It was the very first of The Writers' Rooms! Founded back in 2015 under the Iowa Writers' House, it has grown over the years with high retention and a lovely mix of new people.

We've had a vast array of the community join us. From high school students to senior published authors, everyone can find a home here. We've held exciting sessions such as: world building, map making, sci-fi vs fantasy, and outlining your story. 

The Violet Realm meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at the Iowa City Public Library, Room B, from 6:00-8:00pm.

 
 
 

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A LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY

" I love having a safe environment where I can talk about not only my stories with LGBTQ+ characters/themes, but what it's like to be a gay writer and reader."

 
 

About the Room

Are you part of the LGBTQIA+ community and looking for a safe location to write and learn together? The Rainbow Room is the place to be!

We know how hard it can be to be "out" and find a place to call home. The Rainbow Room is here to support you. With lessons revolving around LGBTQIA+ topics and a wonderful, welcoming concierge team, you can be sure to find a comforting family. 

In 2016 and 2017, The Rainbow Room attended Pride in Iowa City. We hosted a booth that included face painting, LGBTQIA jewelry, a "Tell Your Story" booklet for people to share their coming out tales, treats, and bubbles. We had a great turn out and can't wait to attend Pride in 2018. 

We've had a vast array of the community join us, especially in the student realm. We've held exciting sessions such as: the coming out story, identity in fiction, and queercoding. 

The Rainbow Room meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Iowa City Public Library, Room B, from 6:00-8:00pm.

Concierges: Will and Betsy are our Concierges of the Rainbow Room.

 
 

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CEDAR RAPIDS

"I love hearing everyone's work, and I love how it's been a positive and accepting place for everyone."

- GARRETT, CEDAR ROOM ATTENDEE

 
 
  Concierges:  Jolene and Leslie are your Concierges for the Parchment Lounge! 

Concierges: Jolene and Leslie are your Concierges for the Parchment Lounge! 

About the Room

Do you want to dabble in different genres and find the one that's right for you? Have you been unable to find a writing group that appeals to your own genre? Then join us at the all-genre Cedar Room! 

This is our first Cedar Rapids Room that we hope will end up splitting up into different genre Rooms, based on need and request in the CR area. Each week we discuss a different topic that can apply to multiple genres. 

We've had a vast array of the community join us, from teens to adult published authors and poets. We've held exciting sessions such as:  writing habits: integrating writing with life, writer's block, and editing and feedback.  

The Cedar Room meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Conference Room, from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

 
 

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ROMANCE

"An excellent environment in which to learn about one of the most challenging aspects of writing. Eliza is an incredible resource."

--ALEX PENLAND, DIRECTOR

 
 

About the Room

Ever wanted to know how to write romance novels or add romance elements into your stories? Come visit us at the Scarlet Boudoir...oh la la. 

We talk about everything from cliche romance themes to how to integrate the theme in a unique way. Whether you're a new writer or experienced, there's always something to learn here! 

We've had a vast array of the community join us, including both men and women. We've held exciting sessions such as: the meet cute, why romance?, and The Funny Thing About Love: Comedy & Romance. 

The Scarlet Boudoir meets every 4th Wednesday of the month at the Coralville Public Library, Room B, from 6:30-8:30pm.

  Concierges:  Eliza is your Concierge for the Scarlet Boudoir! 

Concierges: Eliza is your Concierge for the Scarlet Boudoir! 

 
 

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Poetry

Come join us and express yourself.

--Erin Casey and ALEX PENLAND, DIRECTORs

 
 

Concierges: Nikki and Maxwell are your Concierges for the Golden Attic! 

About the Room

Are you a poet? Whether you write freeform or verse, sonnets or sestinas, quatrains or quartets--or anything in-between--come join us at the Golden Attic! All ages, levels of experience, and poetry styles are welcome. We’ll come together and provide prompts, topic discussions, and the chance to write freely with North Liberty’s literary community.

The Golden Attic meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at the North Liberty Community Library from 6:00-8:00pm.