International Writing Program Between the Lines

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Between the Lines is a component of the International Writing Program (IWP) that brings young writers, aged 16-19, to the University of Iowa for creative writing study and cultural interaction.

Students live in a dorm on the University of Iowa campus along with university-trained counselors, who help foster a strong sense of creative community. Sessions include literature seminars and language-specific creative writing workshops taught by faculty who are renowned writers in their own right.

Apply at your nearest embassy or consulate.

Program Length

2 weeks

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are not accepted. Interested applicants should contact the nearest embassy of consulate in his or her country. Participants must be:

  • Between the ages of 16 and 19 years old;
  • Proficient in English;
  • Passionate about creative writing;
  • Able to provide a writing sample in English that represents themselves as a writer today;
  • Open to learning about the many different ways people live in the world and willing to share your own life experiences and unique point of view.
Contact Information

For more information, visit the International Writing Program Between the Lines Website.

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