Our writing community has the amazing benefit of a massive collection of backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. The Writers' Rooms endeavors to bring these wonderful ideas together and help all writers with their craft. We strive to encourage and foster community-based knowledge to help lead literary sessions and provide a safe, positive writing environment.
Our Rooms are moderated by both our Concierges and the members of our community. Community-led sessions tap into the wealth of our collective knowledge, allowing our writers to both share their own experiences and learn from other attendees.
The Rooms can't exist without you and your passion and experience!
The Rooms are small, focused communities of writers. We meet 1-2 times a month for two-hour sessions in locations all across the Iowa Creative Corridor. Our first hour is dedicated to sharing community news, providing a writing lesson developed by community members, and discussing the topic. The second hour involves working on writing prompts or personal projects.
We provide a safe, inclusive environment where writers can be themselves. We encourage our community to ask questions they might otherwise be afraid to ask, and share in the joys of the literary journey with others.
The Rooms are created based on community need. As the call for a genre- or topic-based Room grows louder, it rises higher on our list for consideration. We are always growing.
The Violet Realm: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The Rainbow Room: LGBTQIA+-support community
The Cedar Room: Cedar Rapids all-genre
The Scarlet Boudoir: Romance
Erin Casey graduated from Cornell College in 2009 with degrees in English and Secondary Education. She decided to expand upon her teaching knowledge by leading writing sessions at first for the Iowa Writers' House and now for The Writers' Rooms.
She attended the Denver Publishing Institute in 2009 and has been a recruiter ever since. She is the Communications and Student Relationships Manager at The Iowa Writers' House. She also writes children's poetry and stories for Whimsical Whiskers and volunteers at RARE, a raptor rescue center.
She's also a devoted bird mom.
When not volunteering and working, she's writing her LGBT YA fantasy story, as well as a mix of medieval fantasy and urban fantasy books. She's looking to submit her first book for publication in 2018.
Currently, she is publishing her first urban fantasy novella on Patreon called The Purple Door District.
You can follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page, and check out her blog here. To read her novella, and other fantasy stories, visit her at Patreon.
Alex Penland (who writes as Alexandra Penn) was a museum kid. The daughter of a photographer and a Scuba diver, she spent her teenage years in the field: Alex has worked with Smithsonian archaeologists, NASA software engineers, volcanologists, and photographers. She also managed to fail Algebra II with a passing grade, which she's a little proud of.
Her work—particularly The Letter Mage—is both a love letter to and an intense criticism of the academic world.
She has been bitten by a shark, she watched the final shuttle launch from the fire escape outside Launch Control, and she has been a certified diver since age twelve. She likes dogs, long walks on the beach, and socialized medicine. Also books.
In addition to directing The Writers’ Rooms, Alex is an editor for hire, an amateur linguist, and a Taurus. Her work has received many accolades, including an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Annual Contest 2017. She is currently publishing The Letter Mage, a young adult sci-fi serial, on Patreon.
She spends all her free time on Twitter. You can follow her there, check out her Facebook page, or read more about her work on her website.
The Writers’ Rooms are currently seeking nonprofit status, but it has not been awarded to us yet. Therefore, while we appreciate your pledges immensely, it is important to note that they can not be deducted as a charitable donation. We will notify our Patrons if and when this changes.
Pledges will go towards:
- Marketing and promotional materials
- Website and other running costs
- Room budget (printing costs/supplies)
- Securing locations either for Rooms or events
- Obtaining non-profit status
- Costs associated with events
- Organization upkeep