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WINTER 1999-00
Volume 43, Number 2

IN THIS ISSUE

Campus drinking culture can harm any student

Recreation facilities growing

Writers' Workshop spirit pervades University campus

Many courses teach students to write

Watch for more changes in residence halls

He knows his pillars

New housing reapplication plan adopted

Why live on campus? Consider the hidden costs

From Regents to Rotary, she's the University's communicator

Becoming Iowa

New business associate dean plans more honors sections

Parent Times Briefs

University Calendar


Write?  Right on!

The Writers’ Worksop, founded in 1936, may be the grandparent of all writing programs at Iowa, but it isn’t the only academic unit that teaches writing. Here are some others:

  • Nonfiction Writing, courses in English department that range from essays and personal writing to technical and business writing.

  • Creative Writing studio workshop, an English department course that may be taken as part of the General Education Program.

  • Undergraduate Translation Workshop, a program in both English and comparative literature.

  • Writing about Cinema and Rhetorical Criticism, undergraduate courses in comparative literature.

  • Screenwriting, a course in preparing screenplays for theatre or television, in communication studies.

  • Playwriting, a sequence of eight courses in theatre arts that culminates in performances of works by the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

  • Journalism and Mass Communication, an undergraduate major preparing students in journalistic writing for careers in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, the World Wide Web, and public relations.

In addition, most colleges have formal or informal writing assistance for students, often given by current or former Writers’ Workshop students. The Center on Teaching has run seminars on teaching writing to undergraduates.

President Mary Sue Coleman told an Open Forum in September that she would like to develop a Writing Certificate program for undergraduates that would certify that the student has passed tests of writing and composition.

Campus Resources for Writers

Center for the Book

The Center offers a graduate certificate in Book Studies/Book Arts & Technologies. Students build books by hand, setting the type, making paper, and creating the artistic vision of the book.

Iowa Review

In 2000, The Iowa Review will enter its 30th year of continuous publication. "We take our mission to be nudging along American literature, to be local but not provincial, to be experimental but not without elegance," the publication’s web page says. "Although you may find writers already familiar to you in most of our issues, you will surely find others who are not. Discovering a new and compelling writer still seems the magic of our work, as does, increasingly, the frontier of the Web."

Iowa Summer Writing Festival

This festival, not related to the Writers’ Workshop, brings aspiring writers to Iowa from all over the United States and some international countries to take part in workshops in many phases of writing.

Playwrights Workshop

The Playwrights Workshop is an intensive three-year master of fine arts degree program dedicated to educating writers for the professional theatre. It was founded in the fall of 1971, but a strong tradition of playwrighting at the University has existed since the early 1920s.

The University of Iowa Press

In one of the oldest buildings in Iowa City, the press publishes a wide-ranging selection of books on literature, history, music, architecture, and a host of other fields.

 

 

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