Talk:Iowa Writers' Workshop

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I think it's sad that this page has become nothing but a Who's Who of the IWW, doubtless with many writers adding their own names and the names of their friends. Wikipedia is meant to be an encyclopedia, not an honor roll. This article is embarrassing. HarpooneerX 15:23, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

  • I kind of agree. I would like to create a spinoff article "List of notable IWW Alumni" or something similar and then cull the list to see which are really notable. There should be more mention of history and perhaps something about the recent renovation here too. If anyone has photos of the building pre- and post-addition, it would be nice to see them uploaded. I would do it, but I don't have any and I don't live in IC anymore. Vessels42 16:40, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
    • ok, done per other list alumni articles pohick (talk) 20:20, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

This quotes from the website without saying so[edit]

I was just on the website and the last paragraph, primarily, is a direct quote (not even a paraphrase) from the website. This must be put in quotations (or indented) and cited. I'm new to Wikipedia and cannot figure out all of the computer language so if somebody else did this, I would be greatly obliged. But it is plagiarism otherwise. Also, I agree with a previous post. This article is small and it is just (without citing the website) mentioning distinguished alumni. For the number one creating writing institute, it's article does not live up.

It is not only a snub, but it is plagiarizing! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mugwort123456789 (talkcontribs) 01:43, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

&c.[edit]

Iowa Workshop graduates of note graduated when the Workshop was much larger, about 100 students each in fiction and poetry. With that size of enrollment, the volume of graduates ensured success, particularly when creative writing programs were proliferating in the 1970's. The Iowa Workshop is now much smaller and no longer admits graduating college seniors, so it is more of a fellowship program than an academic one. The workshop approach, basically the apprentice model of preparation, has been abandoned by all senior professions in favor of standards-based preparation, because the model perpetuates error and idiosyncrasy. It is suspect on psychological grounds because it employs negative reinforcement and creates underachievers. It is suspect on professional grounds, because it is not based on what writers need to know and be able to do. James Hercules Sutton 04:30, 12 November 2011 (UTC)Dr. James Sutton. — Preceding unsigned comment added by JamesSutton (talkcontribs)

In Popular Culture?[edit]

Would it be appropriate to mention somewhere the fact that Hannah Horvath, the fictional protagonist of the HBO show "Girls"[1] attends IWW despite the fact that the University of Iowa allowed no on campus shooting?RedDarling (talk) 22:38, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

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