What's a fictional writer to do?
Maybe Hannah Horvath isn’t going to Iowa after all? When Lena Dunham‘s character was accepted into University of Iowa‘s prestigious writers’ workshop on the season finale of Girls, HBO approached the school about filming on campus, and they actually said no.
“While we are pleased that the Iowa Writers’ Workshop is receiving national attention and that our graduate is doing well in her career, our general practice is to not allow filming, due to potential disruption to campus,” UI spokesman Tom Moore said in a prepared statement.”
At least one person in Iowa is befuddled by the refusal. Josh Schamberger, director of Iowa City/Coralville Area Conventions & Visitors Bureau, thinks Girls would be sure to give Iowa’s tourism a boost.
“From a community standpoint, I think would be tremendous for Iowa City to be featured so prominently on a very, very popular show on HBO,” he said. “My second thought was, ‘Gosh, can you imagine the economic impact of having HBO film crews staying in hotel rooms and bringing a greater awareness of Iowa as the best of the best, especially to a younger audience?’
“You can’t buy that sort of exposure,” Schamberger added.
Hannah, you know Columbia’s graduate MFA program is only a borough away, or you can save 50 grand and write from home.