for Versatile Writing

Master Classes for Iowa's Young Writers


308 English Philosophy Builidng, Iowa City, IA 52242-1492

A writing residency for Iowa's teachers and young writers

The Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa created the Lloyd-Jones Residency to support outstanding voices from across the state of Iowa: young writers who fascinate their readers with descriptions of our world, who argue their beliefs, and who portray their own experiences in ways that resonate with a reader.


Our goal has been to support young Iowa writers and the teachers who help them grow, fostering a broader understanding of Nonfiction as a genre and offering a unique college writing experience. In late April, seven teachers and twenty-six students spent three full days and two evenings on campus, writing in master classes, touring the “City of Literature,” attending a professional reading, and then giving their own formal reading in the Old Capitol. The UI student fellows followed up the residency with visits to high schools, offering master classes to more students and teachers.


Our Lloyd-Jones Residency honors the late professor Richard-Lloyd Jones, a native son of Iowa who became a national leader in the teaching of writing. We thank our program partners: his family, the College of Education, the Provost’s Office of Outreach and Engagement, and our generous Advisory Board.


We believe, as he did, that fostering good writing in the next generation creates a strong state, a thriving society, and important things to read. We invite you to peruse our website and enjoy the highlights of our project.