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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Iowa Writers' Workshop and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Iowa Writers' Workshop, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Iowa Writers' Workshop include some of the greatest English language writers of the twentieth century. This list of distinguished Iowa Writers' Workshop alumni is full of recognizable and notable writers, like Flannery O'Connor and John Irving. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Iowa Writers' Workshop, but rather attended it for a spell.

This list answers the questions “Which famous writers went to Iowa Writers' Workshop?” and “Which top authors are Iowa Writers' Workshop alumni?”

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Flannery O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Flannery O'Connor Novelist, Author, Essayist

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David Milch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
David Milch Television producer, Screenwriter

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Allan Gurganus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Allan Gurganus Novelist, Screenwriter, Author

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Paul Lisicky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Paul Lisicky Novelist, Writer

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John Irving is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
John Irving Novelist, Screenwriter, Author

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Lucy Grealy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Lucy Grealy Writer

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Bharati Mukherjee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Bharati Mukherjee Professor, Novelist, Author

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Ann Patchett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Ann Patchett Novelist, Author, Writer

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Adam Haslett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Adam Haslett Author, Writer

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Rita Dove is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Rita Dove Poet, Professor, Author

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Charles D'Ambrosio is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Charles D'Ambrosio Essayist, Writer

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Curtis Sittenfeld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni

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Wallace Stegner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Wallace Stegner Environmentalist, Historian, Novelist

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W. D. Snodgrass is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
W. D. Snodgrass Poet, Author

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Lewis Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni

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Andre Dubus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Andre Dubus Biographer, Novelist, Author

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James Tate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
James Tate Poet, Professor

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Robert Bly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Robert Bly Poet, Author, Writer

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Charles Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Charles Wright Poet, Professor, Author

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Laurel Snyder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Laurel Snyder Writer

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D. A. Powell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni

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Nam Le is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Nam Le Writer

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Raymond Carver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Raymond Carver Poet, Author, Writer

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Steven Erikson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Steven Erikson Novelist, Author, Writer

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Vern Rutsala is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Vern Rutsala Poet, Writer

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Daniel Woodrell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Daniel Woodrell Novelist, Author, Writer

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Lan Samantha Chang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Lan Samantha Chang Novelist, Writer

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Alice Notley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Alice Notley Poet, Writer

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Kate Christensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni

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Deborah Digges is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Deborah Digges Poet, Writer, Teacher

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Anthony Swofford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Anthony Swofford Author, Writer

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Jennifer Haigh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Jennifer Haigh Novelist, Author, Writer

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T. Coraghessan Boyle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
T. Coraghessan Boyle Novelist, Author, Writer

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Robert Nelson Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Robert Nelson Jacobs Screenwriter

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Paul Harding is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Paul Harding Musician, Novelist, Author

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Justin Cronin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Justin Cronin Professor, Author, Writer

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Danielle Trussoni is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Danielle Trussoni Author, Writer

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Daniel Alarcón is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni

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Kim Edwards is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Kim Edwards Educator, Author, Writer

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Abraham Verghese is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Abraham Verghese Professor, Author, Physician

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Yiyun Li is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Yiyun Li Professor, Author, Writer

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Denis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Denis Johnson Poet, Novelist, Author

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Leslie Adrienne Miller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni

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Elizabeth McCracken is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Elizabeth McCracken Novelist, Writer

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Trenton Lee Stewart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Trenton Lee Stewart Author, Writer

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Paul Alexander is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Paul Alexander Playwright

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Gish Jen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Gish Jen Author, Writer

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Bret Anthony Johnston is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Bret Anthony Johnston Journalist, Professor, Author

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Joy Harjo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Joy Harjo Poet, Musician, Writer

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Dora Malech is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni