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Low cost living and working space for literary artists and organizers is vital to building the "Greatest Small City for the Arts." But we can't do it without your support. Join our member and sponsor community.

PorchLight is a 501c3 organization, and member of the Iowa Downtown Arts Alliance.

All donations are tax deductible


Becoming a working member with PorchLight is a great way to get involved with the local literary community, to meet other writers and to give back to the community at large.


There are several ways working members can volunteer their time at PorchLight:


Supervise the space during open salon hours at PorchLight or in the PromptPress reading room. 


Qualified volunteers can lead Fairweather Writing Sessions with Shelter House.


Help maintain our Little Free and Writer’s Resource Library.


Help with gardening and maintenance work.


Qualified members can contribute to the “PorchLight Recommends” blog.

Attend bi-monthly PorchLight planning meetings and contribute to our vision.

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Working Member


Working memberships are 100$ a year or 8$ a month, with the pledge of six hours of volunteer work a month. Working Memberships include:


Free use of the salon for individual work sessions, book groups or readings.


Opportunities for literary professionals to offer workshops or meet with clients


Borrowing privileges from the Writers’ Resource Library


Invitation to bi-monthly member meeting where we design our programming and build our future.

Sustaining Member

Donate 300$ ( or 25$ a month) and become a sustaining member. Sustaining members receive the same benefits as working members without the requirement of volunteer hours.

Sponsoring Member

Donate 1000$ to become a sponsor. Sponsors are given the same benefits as sustaining members, 25% off all retreat rentals, and recognition of your sponsorship on our website. 


Community hours are Saturdays: 11-3


We are open to members by appointment. The salon can be reserved for individual or group work sessions by following this link: book a salon session.


1019 Washington St. 

Iowa City, IA 52246


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