International Writing Program Session 1

Do you know any young writers from Russia, NEA countries, Sudan, or the U.S.? If so, we’d be very grateful if you would share this upcoming IWP opportunity with them:

Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience (, a creative writing summer program for teenagers, is now accepting nominations for writers ages 16-19 from Russia and Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa to join young U.S. writers for two weeks of writing and cultural exchange.

From June 21 to July 5, this group of young writers will live and study together on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa. Daily activities include world literature seminars, creative writing workshops with award-winning authors, and nightly cultural exchange activities. Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and hosted by the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, this program seeks to bring together young people who want to become writers of fiction or poetry in their own language. Writing workshops are conducted in English, Arabic, and Russian, and international writers are chosen for the strength of their writing in their native language of Russian or Arabic, not English. All international applicants must apply through the US Embassy or consulate located in their country.

For further information, and for a list of participating countries, please visit our website. We'll also be hosting a second session of Between the Lines with students from Armenia, Turkey, and the U.S. More information on session two is forthcoming.

Many thanks for your time.

With best wishes,
The International Writing Program

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