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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.)

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  • 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...
  • Excerpt from Judy Strick's Debut Novel 11/10/2014: Judy Strick is a native of Southern California. She holds an MFA from Otis Art Institute, and in a former lifetime ...
  • Books by Therése Halscheid's Bed 11/07/2014: Frozen Latitudes, Therése Halscheid's new book of poems has just been released by Press 53. Her other collections a...
  • We Have Winners! 11/05/2014: In the first drawing of our month-long Great Grateful Book Giveaway, the lucky recipients of Best of Books by the B...
  • Excerpt from Therése Halscheid's New Poetry Collection 11/04/2014: Frozen Latitudes, Therése Halscheid’s new book of poems has just been released by Press 53. Her other collections a...