Iowa Young Writers' Studio


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Precollege Program of Study

The Iowa Young Writers' Studio is a residential creative writing program for high school students offered during summer at The University of Iowa. Students in the program build a community of peers while working with experienced writing teachers, primarily students and graduates of the University's M.F.A. program in creative writing.

The studio offers three courses of study: poetry, fiction, and creative writing (a mix of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction). Each course consists of a seminar and a workshop. In seminars, students read literature by established writers. In workshops they share their own writing, get feedback from their classmates and teacher, and discuss issues of narrative and form.

The studio offers two two-week sessions: one in June and one in July.

Young writers who have completed grade 10, 11, or 12 are eligible to attend the studio. Application materials include an application, a creative writing sample, a statement of purpose, a high school transcript, and a letter of recommendation from an English teacher or another instructor familiar with the applicant's writing. Application is done entirely online. For complete application information, contact the Iowa Young Writers' Studio or visit its web site.

Application deadline is early February for the following summer.


Pre-Lower Level

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