Frank Conroy, the memoirist and longtime director of the celebrated University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, died of of colon cancer on Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at his home in Iowa City. Conroy won literary praise with his 1967 book Stop Time,' an impressionistic memoir about his youth in Brooklyn that was nominated for a National Book Award before he turned 30. In 1987, he traded life on the East Coast for the slower-paced Midwest when he accepted the job of directing the Writers' Workshop, the nation's oldest and most prestigious creative writing program. Famously demanding, to the point of reducing students to tears, he held the post for 18 years. ``Frank took a great program and made it an extraordinary one,'' said James Alan McPherson, acting co-director of the workshop.