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book cover Welcome to the website for We Wanted to be Writers, a blend of interviews, commentary, advice, gossip, anecdotes, analyses, history, and asides with nearly 30 graduates and teachers who were at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in the mid-70s. They include John Irving, Jane Smiley, T.C. Boyle, Allan Gurganus, Sandra Cisneros, Jayne Anne Phillips, Michelle Huneven, Joe Haldeman, Jennie Fields, Marvin Bell, and many others. Here we will continue conversations begun in the book with regular blog posts, a word from the eds, and more. We Wanted to be Writers is full of insights and inspiration for readers, teachers, and anyone who ever “wanted to be a writer.” (Buy the book.)

WW2BW Blog (see all blog posts >>)

  • Excerpt from Dan Berne's Debut Novel 04/14/2014: Dan Berne grew up in a working-class family in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked his way through college with jobs ...
  • Books by Suzy Vitello's Bed 04/11/2014: As a founding member of what the Oregonian has dubbed Portland’s “hottest writing group” (members include Chuck...
  • Review of The Silence in an Empty House 04/09/2014: The Silence in an Empty House By Maria Mazziotti Gillan New York Quarterly Books, 2013, 92 pages Reviewed by Mar...
  • Excerpt from Michelle Huneven's New Novel 04/08/2014: Michelle Huneven is the author of four novels: Round Rock, Jamesland, Blame and the newly-minted Off Course.  She r...
  • A Poem from Dan Guenther 04/03/2014: In honor of National Poetry Month—and Spring—here's an offering from Colorado poet and author Dan Guenther. Dan is ...
  • Excerpt from Erica Goss' New Book 04/02/2014: Erica Goss is the Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA, and the host of Word to Word, a show about poetry. Her first book...
  • Our April Newsletter Is Out! 04/01/2014: And once again we find ourselves in the awkward position of having to remind you that had you subscribed, you would...
  • Excerpt from Suzy Vitello's Debut Novel 03/31/2014: As a founding member of what the Oregonian has dubbed Portland’s “hottest writing group” (members include Chuck Pal...
  • In Memoriam: Gary Iorio 03/31/2014: Like everyone who knew him, I was devastated to hear yesterday that Gary had died. I remember how great it was ...
  • Books by Kathie Giorgio's Bed 03/28/2014: We ran an excerpt from Kathie Giorgio’s third and most recent book, Learning To Tell (A Life) Time, earlier thi...