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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 >>)

  • Books by Ilana Masad's Bed 12/19/2014: Ilana Masad is an Israeli-American writer, reader, editor and (somewhat predictably) cat-lover. She is a columnist ...
  • A Pre-Holiday Poem from Dan Guenther 12/12/2014: Dan Guenther is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a regular contributor to this blog. The author of ...
  • Books by Stefanie Gunning's Bed 12/05/2014: Stefanie Paige Gunning is a Creative Director at MRY in New York City. She blogs at Working Without a Net and is cu...
  • Our December Newsletter is Out! 12/01/2014: Not even going to chastise you for not having subscribed. Enjoy the warm fuzzies of the season, including these....
  • A Thanksgiving Essay 11/26/2014: By popular demand, we are re-presenting this essay that first appeared in 2012. A good turkey tale is always perti...
  • Books by Mel Ryane's Bed 11/21/2014: Following a distinguished career as a classically trained actor onstage and in film and television, Mel Ryane has f...
  • A Dandy Doodle from JC Wall 11/18/2014: Short version of a long story: Four years ago when I stumbled clumsily into social media and web-goddessing to ...
  • Excerpt from Mel Ryane's Memoir 11/17/2014: Following a distinguished career as a classically trained actor onstage and in film and television, Mel Ryane has f...
  • Books by Judy Strick's Bed 11/14/2014: Judy Strick is a native of Southern California. She holds an MFA from Otis Art Institute, and in a former lifetime ...
  • The Great Grateful Book Giveaway 11/11/2014: With a Nice Twist! In this month of thanks giving, as a token of our gratitude to our readers, we thought it wou...