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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 >>)

  • In Memoriam: Jack Leggett 01/27/2015: He led a long and storied life. Many of us knew him as mentor, thesis adviser, champion of writers everywhere. ...
  • Excerpt from Tara Ison's New Memoir 01/27/2015:   Tara Ison’s memoir released last week from Soft Skull Press to glowing reviews. Tara is also the author of the...
  • Books by Kathy Girsch's Bed 01/23/2015: Kathy Girsch lives in Oregon with her husband Bill and Murphy, their yellow Lab. A nature lover, creative cook, avi...
  • Excerpt from Deborah Johnson's New Novel 01/21/2015: Deborah Johnson’s first novel, The Air Between Us, received the Mississippi Library Association Award for fiction. ...
  • Books by Tara Ison's Bed 01/16/2015: Tara Ison’s memoir, Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies, is out this week from...
  • Books by Polly Dugan's Bed 01/09/2015: Polly Dugan is the award-winning author of So Much a Part of You, which writer Alan Heathcock said “announces the a...
  • A Treatise on Shedding Books 01/07/2015: Traditionally a time to take stock, organize, and rededicate oneself to priorities, the New Year can also offer ref...
  • Our January Newsletter is Out! 01/01/2015: Blank slate time, people. A shiny new year to get it right. Why not start with a FREE, never-any-obligation subscri...
  • We're Virtually in Wisconsin! 12/31/2014: Christi Craig invited us over to her blog today to chat about Best of Books by The Bed #2 and other stimulating stu...
  • HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 12/23/2014: Our tribe is gathering. Hope yours is too. Enjoy the bountiful warmth and love of the season, friends. We'll return...