About the Iowa Writers' House

About the Iowa Writers' House



for me the Iowa writers house is a place where people can come whether they're writers readers appreciators editors or audiences and participate in literature and that's at every level and for me the Iowa writers house is the destination that they can arrive at when they come to visit the UNESCO City of Literature my name is Andrea Wilson and I'm the founder and executive director of the Iowa writers house well I think the historic atmosphere of the house is wonderful and it just kind of gets you in that mood of being creative and thinking about the past and thinking about the future and different things so I'm able to like put myself into a whole new environment and just enjoy the experience even more my name is Abbie Schneider and I work with Andreea on some of the strategy related to the writers house and also work as our volunteer coordinator so some of the projects that I've worked on with Andrea have been around thinking about where the aya writers house is trying to go how does this organization continue to evolve not only to serve the writers that are here in the community and to beef that literary center but also to really help to elevate writers and elevate literature as an opportunity to talk a little bit about the universal elements of the human experience the best part about creating the writers house has been becoming and creating that which people have wished for founding this organization and creating the house and becoming that center of gravity and then seeing how it affects people how it's brought new joy new inspiration and new belonging into their lives has been incredibly special and has validated not only what I'm doing with the house but I think sort of my belief in the power of art and what it can do with the world I've only recently met Andrea about six months ago and she's just fantastic know she's the kind of perfect person for this project and what I like about the Iowa Rives house now that I understand is that it allows the larger community to interact with the kind of rich literary culture and history of this place so it's really great that she's started it and kind of opened the world a little bit wider because there's always so many different kinds of people who enjoy writing and pursue it I think what I love the most about working with writers and what our purpose for the writers house really signifies to me is a way to connect people to bring the human spirit together through story through shared experience and through authentic and honest expression that we're actually able to be reminded that we're not all that different and Collect were really quite the same

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