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Creative Writing Schools In Iowa

There are 5 accredited creative writing schools in Iowa for faculty who teach creative writing classes to choose from. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of creative writing and creative writing training in Iowa, which includes creative writing training at the following levels:


  1. Coe College

    1220 First Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402-5092

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. Iowa State University

    3410 Beardshear Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011-2030

    97 U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. Loras College

    1450 Alta Vista, Dubuque, Iowa 52004-0178

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  4. Northwestern College in Orange City

    101 Seventh St SW, Orange City, Iowa 51041

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  5. Waldorf College

    106 S Sixth St, Forest City, Iowa 50436-1713

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

Iowa Vs. National Creative Writing Employment

Iowa 300
National 40,980

Of all of the creative writing professionals that work in the US, approximately 1% work in Iowa state.

Employment Growth for Creative writing professionals In Iowa

450 460 360 410 300
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In Iowa, creative writing is a shrinking field. In Iowa, 150 less creative writing professionals were working in 2010, than there were in 2006. So, in four years, the number of creative writing professionals has shrunk by 33%. This decline is faster than the national trend for creative writing professionals which shows a 5% decrease in the number of creative writing professionals working around the nation.

Creative Writing VS. All Professions salaries in Iowa

$40,220 $40,900 $41,360 $43,040 $45,140
$40,051 $42,531 $43,384 $44,580 $45,125
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Creative Writing
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The amount earned by creative writing professionals is increasing in Iowa. The mean salary for creative writing professionals in 2006 was $40,220 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $45,140 per year.

Salary percentiles for Creative writing professionals in Iowa

10th percentile
25th percentile
50th percentile
75th percentile
90th percentile

This represents a 11% growth in salaries. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. In the state of Iowa, there is a huge variation in pay, within the field of creative writing. The pay differential between the highest paid creative writing professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket is 261%

Average Salaries for Creative writing professionals and related professions in Iowa

Creative Writing

In Iowa, creative writing professionals earn, on average, more than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Creative Writing programs available for each degree type for all schools in Iowa


As the number of creative writing professionals is decreasing in Iowa state, the number of students graduating from the 5 accredited creative writing schools in Iowa state is decreasing. In 2006, 15 students graduated from creative writing courses in Iowa. And in 2010, 12 students graduated.

This represents a 20% decrease in the number of creative writing degree or certificate school graduates in Iowa state. Most of these graduates, or 80%, earned a bachelor's degree in creative writing.

Creative Writing Faculty Salaries in Iowa

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