The oldest creative writing program in the country, and still regarded the best. More than forty Pulitzer Prize winners. North America's only UNESCO 'City of Literature'. How did the midwestern college town of Iowa City, Iowa become the capital of creative writing in America? It’s an unlikely story of literary ambition, academic innovation, and a promising young poet who became a cultural entrepreneur. Featuring scholars, historians and artists, interwoven with noted authors discussing the writing life in ways hilarious and profound, City of Literature tells the story of a community of writers while providing a window into the creative process itself.

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  • City of Literature Film
    The City of Literature film tells the story of a community of writers while providing a window into the creative process itself. Find background information on the film and its creators.
  • City of Literature USA
    For 80 years, Iowa City has been teaching the world to write. The newest chapter in this tradition is the city’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.
  • Explore Literature in Iowa History
    Explore the history of literature and the arts in Iowa with IPTV's Iowa Pathways educational website.