All-star author panel to discuss “Writer as Public Figure”

An all-star panel—two prominent authors who are also medical doctors, Iowa Writers’ Workshop faculty member Ethan Canin and Abraham Verghese; and Pulitzer Prize winners Michael Cunningham (The Hours) and Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres)—will discuss “The Writer as Public Figure” at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 11, in the Macbride Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow in the UI Museum of Natural History.

The panel discussion is one of two free, public events for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop 75th anniversary celebration. To attend the reception, pick up a free ticket at Prairie Lights Books or the information desk of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The Iowa Writers’ Workshop is the oldest and most prestigious graduate creative writing program in the country, and, since its founding in 1936, the program has been home to thousands of remarkable writers.

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