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Here is my introductory: column. If we don’t know each other, it sums up this project's ‘who’ and ‘why’. Julie is the founder of the Okoboji Writers’ Retreat and the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative.

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Founder: The Iowa Writers' Collaborative includes highly regarded, popular, columnists from around the state. Produces the Okoboji Writers' Retreat. Writes Julie Gammack's Iowa Potluck. Having a blast.