The Des Moines Writers Workshop  is a writing critique group for active  writers of all levels and abilities. We focus on fiction of all genres and narrative nonfiction. The Des Moines Writers’ Workshop offers several levels of critique groups ranging from how to start your novel all the way up to an intensive workshop experience.

To see how our group got started, click here.


If you are interested in joining one of our critique groups, or want more information, please  contact us.

Congratulations to Julie Stone who recently signed with literary agent Jessica Faust from Bookends Literary Agency. 

Congratulations to Matt Snyder who recently signed with literary agent Margaret Bail from Fuse Literary. 

Congratulations to Beth Burgmeyer whose novel. The Broken Road, is a finalist in the 2018 Sun vs. Snow contest.

Congratulations to Amy Lillard whose short story, Head Like a Hole, made the short list for the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize. Her short story will be published in their anthology.

Congratulations to Francis Sparks whose debut novel, Made Safe, is is a finalist in the 2017 Readers Favorite Book Review contest.

Congratulations to Rachel Eliason, whose episodic series, The Galactic Consortium, is ranked at number four on the top 1000 best science fiction stories on Wattpad. 

Congratulations to Kamerhe Lane, who signed with  Adriann Ranta of Foundry Literary.  Read more about it here.

Congratulations to member Beth Burgmeyer whose manuscript of The Gathering has been selected as a finalist in the national Somerset Awards for Literary and Contemporary Fiction.

Congratulations to Francis Sparks who signed with Pandamoon Publishing. They published his debut novel, Made Safe,  in January 2017.

Read about Francis Sparks’ experience with our group here.

Check out member Michelle Chalkey’s thoughts about our group here.

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