Iowa City has been home to thousands of writers in the last few decades. Writers say it's a great place to work - small enough to provide an intimate sense of community and a relatively simple, inexpensive lifestyle, yet cosmopolitan enough to offer the culture and convenience of a bigger city.
About 260 miles west of Chicago, Iowa City is a town of just over 65,000 people, approximately half of them students. Downtown Iowa City is home to a variety of restaurants, shops, book stores, and the Iowa City Public Library. From May to October, there are farmers markets in both Iowa City and Coralville, and there's an excellent natural food co-op.
The University's Bijou Theater offers a film series, rock bands play frequent shows at local bars, and world-class musical, dance and theater performances take place at the Englert Theatre and via the Hancher Auditorium program.
There's more to the surrounding area than corn and soybean fields: Hickory Hills Park, Lake MacBride, Wilson's Apple Orchard, and the Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge are good local spots for walking, birding, or swimming.
The closest airport to Iowa City is the Eastern Iowa Regional Airport (CID) in Cedar Rapids, IA, although some choose to fly from the Quad Cities International Airport (MLI) in Moline, IL, which is about an hour's drive away.
The University of Iowa campus is located in downtown Iowa City; graduate students often choose housing within walking- or biking-distance of campus. The City of Iowa City and the University of Iowa CAMBUS provide extensive and reliable public bus transportation across the city.