The Iowa Writers' Room

The Iowa Writers' Room (IWR), part of the Magid Center for Writing, grew directly from the University of Iowa’s unparalleled history of literary excellence. Iowa has long been able draw the best creative talent in the country to its graduate writing programs and some of those writers made their way to Los Angeles. Their presence has grown in recent years as alumni have filled the need for intelligent, character-driven scripted television. Indeed, the current demand for creative content is so high that UI alumni are increasingly selling the screen rights for their novels at the same time that the novels are sold for publication.

As Iowa’s impact in the entertainment industry grew, the university saw an opportunity to shorten the path to success for students by creating a value-adding, differentiated screenwriting initiative that is both low-cost and high-impact, and nimble enough to respond quickly to market demands. Thanks to the university’s many writing programs, graduate and advanced undergraduate writers already know how to create a story. This program gives them two options to learn how to tailor those stories to a new and quickly changing medium.

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News & Events

INK Lit Magazine featured in The Daily Iowan

The Magid Center's INK Lit Magazine and freshman editor-in-chief Rachel Sorensen were featured this month in The Daily Iowan.

Iowa Writers' Room Course Featured in Iowa Magazine

The inaugural course in the Iowa Writers' Room program, Adaptation for Television, is profiled in this month's edition of Iowa Magazine.

Writing Certificate Changes Beginning Fall 2023

Important curricular changes are coming to the Writing Certificate for Fall 2023. Read the full article for details on the changes and what actions students need to take.

Magid Center News Round-up: Spring 2023

As the Magid Center comes to the end of another semester, we are excited to congratulate our graduating Writing Certificate students as well as celebrate the accomplishments of students who have been involved with our many programs and publications.

Changes Coming to the Writing Certificate!

The Magid Center is excited to announce some upcoming curricular changes to the Writing Certificate. More information and specifics will be available this summer.

Magid Center Director Daniel Khalastchi Named Finalist for Wisconsin Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Magid Center Director Daniel Khalastchi, who has been selected as a finalist for the Wisconsin Poetry Prize! The University of Wisconsin Press will publish his fourth poetry collection, THE STORY OF YOUR OBSTINATE SURVIVAL, next spring.

The Magid Center Joins New CLAS Engagement Hub!

The Magid Center is excited to join the new College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Engagement Hub! The aim of this reorganization is to help "strengthen writing, research, and scientific communication, as well as foster community-engaged scholarship and learning." This administrative move will help The Magid Center "serve more students and reach more people [on campus] and across the state.”

Angie Cruz Announced as 2022-2023 Magid Center Visiting Writer-in-Residence!

The Magid Center is pleased to announce novelist and editor Angie Cruz as our 2022-2023 Visiting Writer-in-Residence! Cruz will be on campus October 5th-8th and will participate in a public reading at Prairie Lights (5:30pm, Oct. 6th) and a Q&A at the Dey House (10:30am, Oct. 7th).

Magid Center Director Daniel Khalastchi wins the Brittingham Prize in Poetry

Out of over 950 entrants, Daniel Khalastchi has been selected as the winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and his third poetry collection, AMERCIAN PARABLES, will be published this fall by the University of Wisconsin Press. Khalastchi is the author of two previous collections of poetry, MANOLERIA (Tupelo Press) and TRADITION (McSweeneys).

2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights: January 25-31, 2021

"We will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends." - MLK, Jr 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights is Sunday, Monday, January 25th through Sunday, January 31. Please visit the to see events and activities.