Welcome to The Iowa Writers’ House!

Hi Gerald!

I hope you’re having a lovely day! Welcome to the Iowa Writers’ House! I think it’s wonderful that you’re the volunteer direction of the Ankeny Writers Workshop. It’s great to see that other communities are building literary groups for people who might not have support and guidance. Thank you for all you are doing and for helping so many people. Maybe one of these days the IWH and Ankeny Writers Workshop can do an event together!

As a fiction writer, you may be interested in our Violet Realm (sci-fi/fantasy) and Great Green Room (YA/Children’s lit) Rooms. More information is listed below. We will have more workshops this summer and fall so keep an eye out for newsletters!

Workshops: The IWH hosts monthly workshops! Here is one available in June that may interest the teens you know. You can find future workshops here for all ages.

An Adventure in Writing: Using History’s Mysteries to Inspire Fiction: A Workshop for Teens Ages 12-16
June 20-24, 2-5pm

In this week long workshop, young writers will explore an unsolved Iowa mystery and use the facts of the case to inspire their own fictional tales. Author and teacher Staci Mercado takes students through the process that created Seeking Signs, the 2013 Midwest Book Award winner and a story of historical fiction based on the death of Minnie Seamer in Clinton County.


The Iowa Writers’ House is a community literary organization dedicated to creating a space
for education, support, and resources for writers. Our Writers’ Rooms are sub-communities of the house that bring together writers of shared interest or genre to free-write, respond to prompts, learn together, and find support for their work.

The Violet Realm: This Room focuses on helping writers interested in sci-fic/fantasy/fiction. It meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at the Iowa City Public Library from 6-8pm, Room B. The next session is June 14.

The Great Green Room: This Room is dedicated to helping writers interested in YA, children’s books, and children’s illustrations.It meets every 3rd Tuesday at the Iowa City Public Library from 6-8pm, Room B.

The Rainbow Room: This Room focuses on LGBT writing and creating a safe, comfortable environment for writers. It will meet every 1st Tuesday at the Iowa City Public Library from 6-8pm, Room B.

The Scarlet Room: This Room focuses on romance writing. It is currently still in production but will be coming to the IWH soon! It will be hosted at the Coralville Public Library.

If you are interested in being part of any of the Room e-mail lists, let me know. If you’re interested in the workshops, you can apply online. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!
Erin Casey

Author: partnergerry

Grandfather of six youngsters. Hope to leave them a world that's safe, clean and fertile.

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