A Gift for Writing

Novelist James Patterson, who has sold more than 350 million books worldwide, made a gift in 2016 to fund five scholarships for current Iowa Writers’ Workshop students; this year he is planning to add five more. Ultimately, the Patterson Family Foundation will be covering tuition for ten writers in the creative writing program.

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  • Phil stands for philanthropy and represents everyone who supports the University of Iowa by making a contribution, as well as everyone who benefits from those gifts.

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  • We Are Phil is the faculty/staff giving program at the University of Iowa, and it is an annual effort to involve UI employees in advancing our university.

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