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August 1   -   ArtsJournal: music

68-Year-Old Writer Files Age Discrimination Complaint Against Iowa Writers' Workshop

Workshop officials deny that age is used as a factor in the consideration of any application, according to the university's emailed responses to Thomson. All applicants, instead, are evaluated based on their writing samples. Dan Thomson, however, maintains that application statistics collected by the university show that, over the past five years, none of the 105 applicants age 51 or older were accepted into the workshop’s fiction program. Nearly half of the 135 fiction students accepted from 2013 to 2017 were between the ages of 18 and 25.


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