Back in the early 1900s, creative writing wasn’t something you studied or taught. Sure, the English language could be intellectually and linguistically analyzed, but poetry and fiction rarely made appearances in academia. That is, until the Iowa Writers’ Workshop was born in Iowa City in 1936, becoming the first creative writing degree program in the United States.
Over the past 80 years, some of the world’s greatest writers have studied, taught and lived in this charming, Midwestern college town — home to the University of Iowa — inspiring a vibrant literary scene unlike anywhere else in the country or even the world. Countless aspiring writers have packed up and headed to Iowa City to master their craft (you may remember Lena Dunham’s character doing so in “Girls”), and if you dream of seeing your name on a book cover someday, you might want to join them.
Here are five reasons Iowa City, Iowa, is the best place to live if you want to be a writer.