Writing Groups

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature is home to many fantastic writing groups.  If you’d like your group listed, please send us an email or call 319.887.6100

Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance -The ISA was founded in 1997.  Today membership includes over forty professional and part-time scriptwriters from across Iowa. Some are accomplished playwrights and screenwriters, and others are aspiring writers. ISA member playwrights have had their plays performed on stages across the country. Screenwriter members have garnered awards and some have had their scripts produced and screened.

ISA special events have included performances of six, member written plays at Living History Farms in central Iowa, and filming of three, member written short screenplays. Monthly ISA programs and workshops for members build and enhance writing skills. Industry professionals bring insights to marketing, refining, protecting, and enhancing scripts. Organized readings of member scripts provide evaluation and commentary from other members. Script development, from initial ideas to polished final drafts, is supported through continuous review and encouragement from fellow members.

National League of American Pen Women, Iowa City Branch – The mission of the NLAPW is to encourage, recognize, and promote the production of creative work of professional standard in Art, Letters, and Music. Members are journalists, painters, choreographers, sculptors, illustrators, songwriters, and poets. The NLAPW offers a place for women artists, writers, composers and choreographers to and enrich their professional lives through networking, professional development, exhibits, concerts, publications and service to the community. The NLAPW offers Membership-at-Large, providing women artists in remote areas full membership benefits, as well as associate and student memberships. The NLAPW publishes a nationally-distributed quarterly magazine, The Pen Woman, which includes features, poetry, and artwork by members from all over the country.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people.   Costs for the first year of membership is $85, then $70 yearly for renewal.

The SCBWI-Iowa chapter was founded in the early 90s with active communities and events all over the state, year round. Open to any individual writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the field of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. The Iowa City chapter hosts two “write-ins” a week where authors and illustrators write together, yet separately.  They also participate in a monthly children’s literature book group, discussing a middle-grade or young-adult novel.  Year-round Iowa City and Iowa state events such as writing conferences, readings, lectures, workshops, and brainstorming sessions of interest are noted.

The University Club Writers’ Group – The UCWG is the oldest private writing group in Iowa City.  The group meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday and 4th at 9am at Hills Bank, 2621 Muscatine Ave. Iowa City.  Members read and critique each other’s work and share tips on workshops and publications.  Anyone with a desire to write may join.  The group has published two books, Ruthlessly Kind and Magic in Black and White, both are available for sale.

Greyhawks Writers Group – More information about this writers group will be added soon.

Sisters in Crime – Sisters in Crime is an international organization of readers and writers whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers.