Kelly Q. Anderson

Storyteller. Iowa Hawkeye. Yogi. VP of OCWW.

Let’s get acquainted.

Kelly Q. Anderson is an award-winning writer and the Vice-President of Off Campus Writers’ Workshop. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Atticus Review, The Citron Review, Stanchion Zine, The REVIVAL Zine at Cornell, Five Minute Lit, and more. In 2022 she was named a writer-in-residence with The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Additionally, she was awarded 1st Prize in the Nancy Ludmerer Fellowship for Flash Fiction/ Nonfiction with The Porches in Norwood, Virginia. Prior to that, she was a freelance journalist for family/lifestyle media, as well as a longstanding newspaper columnist.

Fostering a passion for inclusion, Ms. Anderson founded the LGBTQ+ Initiative at Winnetka Congregational Church, and works with local government, businesses, and places of faith to implement inclusive programming and events. She holds a certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University’s eCornell and is a member of the ACLU, Humans Rights Campaign, Glencoe DEI, and Moms Demand Action (Winnetka).

Ms. Anderson holds two degrees from the University of Iowa and further studied at StoryStudio and The Writer’s Loft. Presently, she serves on the Board of Off Campus Writers’ Workshop, one of the longest, continuously running writing programs in the country. 

Two of her short stories were anthologized in 2021: ‘Outfit of the Day’ in Turning Points the 75th Anniversary Anthology ( Windy City Press, 2021), and ‘Self Storage’ in Capsule Stories: Second Isolation Edition. Both are available by request wherever books are sold.





Creative Nonfiction

(Mediocre) Poetry

Public Art

Academia & Study

University of Iowa School of Journalism & Mass Communication


The Writer’s Loft


Off Campus Writers’ Workshop

Northwestern University Summer Writing Conference

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