Ames Writers Collective

The Ames Writers Collective fosters conversation across cultural divides, building and uplifting communities through the art of storytelling, while advancing the literary arts in Ames, Iowa.

Music & Conversation Between Friends

October 1st

To celebrate the Ames Writers Collective 1st Anniversary, join the celebration from 6 to 9 PM at the Goldfinch Room at Stephens Auditorium. Featuring authors Tom Montgomery Fate and John T. Price and poet and vocalist, Debra Marquart and The Bone People. Tickets available through The Iowa State Center ticket office.

KHOI Radio | Thistlewood Foundation Nancy & John Hayes | Lynne Carey | Holly & Don Beermann

Music & Conversation Between Friends

Swift Literary Festival

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join the Ames Writers Collective for our Swift Literary Festival, a Pop-Up event, on Sunday, September 25th at the annual Octagon Art Festival. (10 AM to 4 PM) Stay tuned for a list of authors, an indie press and workshop instructor joining us at our table.

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Swift Literary Festival—Pop-Up Event

Author Spotlight

Dennis Maulsby

Meet Dennis, a military veteran and published author living here in Ames. He has been writing poetry and Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories for over thirty years. Dennis will kick off the Author Spotlight series co-sponsored by KHOI and the Ames Writers Collective on Thursday, September 29th from 6:30 to 8 PM. Dennis will read from his poetry collection, "Heart Song". KHOI is located at 622 Douglas Avenue in Ames.
Photo by Linda Rathje, Dramatic Memories
In 650 words tell us who you are!
In 650 Words—The College Essay Workshop

Join Karen Downing who taught at Valley High School in West Des Moines

September 27 (7 to 8:30 PM) & October 1 (10 to 11:30 AM) both on Zoom

In 650 Words—The College Essay Workshop

In 650 words, tell us who you are beyond test scores, transcripts, lists of activities, recommendations…” How hard could it be to capture a sense of self on the page in a college essay? Karen Downing will guide students through the process.


Video - Why Cancer Writing Circles?

If you are experiencing any stage of cancer, why would you want to be part of a weekly writing circle? What if you don’t think of yourself as a writer? Our cancer Writing Circle Wednesday attendees can answer those questions better than we can! In this video, attendees explain how their weekly group is more than the sum of its parts, how it helps, and how much it means to them.

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