Farewell to the Teacher

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As director of the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Frank Conroy has nurtured and critiqued many of this nation’s most admired young writers. The alumni list reads like a who’s who of American Literature: Tennessee Williams, Jorie Graham, and TC Boyle.

Conroy says great writing begins with a struggle over each word, a careful scrutiny of every paragraph. Look for meaning, he says, sense and clarity.

After close to 20 years, Conroy is preparing to step down as director of the Iowa Writer’s workshop


Frank Conroy, director, Iowa Writers’ Workshop

ZZ Packer, author of “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere.”