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Nov. 19, 2007

UI writing students will field questions at Nov. 29 gallery talk

Graduate students in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and the UI Nonfiction Writing Program will discuss the application process to graduate writing programs and their experiences in the prestigious UI Master of Fine Arts programs in a "Community of Writers Gallery Talk" at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the lower level of the Old Capitol Museum.

The event is being held in conjunction with the yearlong "A Community of Writers: Creative Writing at the University of Iowa" exhibit, on view in the museum. The question-and-answer event will be hosted by curator Jennifer New.

The Writers' Workshop was the first creative writing degree program in a university, and it was the blueprint for most of the hundreds of writing programs that now thrive at colleges in the United States and abroad. It is still generally viewed as the top program in the field and has produced more than a dozen Pulitzer Prize winners. It is one of most selective graduate programs of any kind, accepting fewer than five percent of its applicants.

The Nonfiction Writing Program, although younger and smaller than the Writers' Workshop, has earned a similar reputation in recent years among programs that specialize in literary nonfiction.

The Writers' Workshop and the Nonfiction Writing Program are graduate programs in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"A Community of Writers: Creative Writing at the University of Iowa" is supported by a grant from Humanities Iowa.

For more information about the exhibit, call 319-335-0548.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kathrine Moermond, Old Capitol Museum, 319-335-0548,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Brittany Piehl

OTHER INFORMATION: See news release on "A Community of Writers" exhibit: