Congratulations on fall 2020 awards and nominations: Pola OLOIXARAC, one of the two winners of the prestigious 2021 Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer’s Award for her forthcoming Atlas Literario del Amazonas; Courtney Sina Meredith, co-short-listed on the NZSA Heritage Literary Awards list, and Wipas SRITHONG, one among the six finalists for the ASEAN-centric Epigram Books Fiction Prize.
2009's Between the Lines was the first to take place on the University of Iowa campus. Twelve students from Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, and Syria joined 76 Iowa Young Writers' Studio participants in our version of "summer camp" -- where writing and literature, not hikes and campfires, are the main focus. BTL students attended morning English-language seminars with their IYWS peers, and an afternoon Arabic-language creative writing workshop (led by teachers and IWP alumni Tarek Eltayeb and Iman Humaydan). They took time out for fun as well, visiting Adventureland (an amusement park) and a bowling alley, among other places.