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The Workshop: Seven Decades of the Iowa Writers Workshop - 43 Stories,…

by Tom Grimes (Editor)

Other authors: Richard Bausch (Contributor), Pinckney Benedict (Contributor), Clark Blaise (Contributor), T. Coraghessan Boyle (Contributor), Ethan Canin (Contributor)39 more, Raymond Carver (Contributor), John Casey (Contributor), R. V. Cassill (Contributor), Lan Samantha Chang (Contributor), Frank Conroy (Introduction), Michael Cunningham (Contributor), Charles D'Ambrosio (Contributor), Andre Dubus (Contributor), Stuart Dybek (Contributor), Kim Edwards (Contributor), Gail Godwin (Contributor), Allan Gurganus (Contributor), Ron Hansen (Contributor), Colin Harrison (Contributor), Kathryn Harrison (Contributor), Gish Jen (Contributor), Denis Johnson (Contributor), Thom Jones (Contributor), William Kittredge (Contributor), Elizabeth McCracken (Contributor), James Alan McPherson (Contributor), Bharati Mukherjee (Contributor), Flannery O'Connor (Contributor), Chris Offutt (Contributor), ZZ Packer (Contributor), Bette Pesetsky (Contributor), Jayne Anne Phillips (Contributor), Tom Piazza (Contributor), Susan Power (Contributor), Bob Shacochis (Contributor), Jane Smiley (Contributor), Wallace Stegner (Contributor), Richard Stern (Contributor), Marly Swick (Contributor), Walter Tevis (Contributor), Brady Udall (Contributor), Abraham Verghese (Contributor), Joy Williams (Contributor), Thomas Williams (Contributor)

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"This volume traces the Iowa Writers' Workshop's decade-by-decade evolution from the 1930s through the present. Via an introductory essay by editor Tom Grimes on the nature of genius and whether creative writing can be taught, and original introductions to the forty-three stories, many by the writers themselves, we get a sense of the importance of "The Workshop," as it became known, to the evolution of American writing itself. The forty-three stories at the heart of this book have been carefully selected to, in the editor's words, "attest to the perpetual summer, abundance and variety of Iowa's achievements, proof of its lush resonance in American culture.""--Jacket.… (more)



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The Iowa Writers' Workshop became a national institution in the early 1950s, but before that, as early as the late 1890s, the Workshop was designed to teach "verse making." The University of Iowa wanted to cultivate writers with something creative to say. They developed the first creative writing program in the country and it continues to be one of the best. Why? Obviously, it is the writers who come out of the program. Then there's this: "Unsurprisingly, a psychological survey of the Iowa Workshop showed that 80 percent of writers in the program reported evidence of manic-depression, alcoholism, or other lovely addictions in themselves or their immediate families" (p 9).


  • Chip off the Old Block by Wallace Stegner.

  • And In My Heart by R.V. Cassill. Best line: "As if the arrow at the heart could listen to the merely human cry that protests its flight" (p 55).

  • The Comforts of Home by Flannery O'Connor.

  • The Illegibility of This World by Richard Stern. Best line: "Fear gets so loud, I can't sleep" (p 118).

  • The Fisherman Who Got Away by Thomas Williams.

  • Offspring of the First Generation by Bette Pesetsky.

  • The Hustler by Walter Tevis.

  • Put Yourself in My Shoes by Raymond Carver.

  • Saints by Bharati Mukherjee.

  • Dunkleblau by Clark Blais.

  • Falling in Love by Andre Dubus.

  • The Last Generation by Joy Williams.

  • A More Complete Cross-Section by John Casey.

  • A Sorrowful Woman by Gail Godwin.

  • Thirty-Four Seasons of Winter by William Kittredge.

  • Mouses by Thom Jones. "I'm embarrassed to admit that I was a little afraid to confront the consequences" (p 247).

  • A Solo Song: For Doc by James Alan McPherson.

  • Paper Latern by Stuart Dybek.

  • Work by Denis Johnson

  • His Dog by Ron Hansen

  • A Woman's Restaurant by T. Coraghessan Boyle.

  • Aren't You Happy For Me? by Richard Bausch.

  • Blessed Assurance: a Moral Tale by Allan Gurganus.

  • Long Distance by Jane Smiley.

  • Alma by Jayne Anne Phillips.

  • White Angel by Michael Cunningham.

  • Mundo's Sign by Bob Shacochis.

  • The Story of My Life by Kim Edwards.

  • Birthmates by Gish Jen.

  • The Year of Getting to Know Us by Ethan Canin.

  • The Zealous Mourner by Marly Swick.

  • The Commuter by Colin Harrison.

  • Planting by Kathryn Harrison.

  • The Sutton Pie Safe by Pinckney Benedict.

  • Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry by Elizabeth McCracken.

  • Out of the Woods by Chris Offutt.

  • Open House by Charles D'Ambrosio.

  • Lilacs by Abraham Verghese.

  • A Hole in the Sheets by Susan Power.

  • Brownsville by Tom Piazza.

  • Pipa's Story by Lan Samantha Chang.

  • Buckeye the Elder by Brady Udall.

  • Speaking in Tongues by ZZ Packer.

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Grimes, TomEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bausch, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benedict, PinckneyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blaise, ClarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boyle, T. CoraghessanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Canin, EthanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carver, RaymondContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Casey, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cassill, R. V.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chang, Lan SamanthaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Conroy, FrankIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cunningham, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
D'Ambrosio, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dubus, AndreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dybek, StuartContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edwards, KimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Godwin, GailContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gurganus, AllanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hansen, RonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harrison, ColinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harrison, KathrynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jen, GishContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, DenisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, ThomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kittredge, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCracken, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McPherson, James AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mukherjee, BharatiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Connor, FlanneryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Offutt, ChrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Packer, ZZContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pesetsky, BetteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Phillips, Jayne AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Piazza, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Power, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shacochis, BobContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smiley, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stegner, WallaceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stern, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swick, MarlyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tevis, WalterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Udall, BradyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Williams, JoyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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