How to Apply & Deadlines

If you are interested in applying to Between the Lines, you should first read our FAQs pages to ensure that you are eligible. We have two different FAQs pages: International Student FAQs and American Student FAQs. It is important to read the correct FAQs page as the application process is different depending on whether you are an American or International applicant.

In 2017, Between the Lines will host BTL Russian/Arabic from July 1-15. For more information about the session, visit the Between the Lines program page.

Students must be between 16-19 years old by the start of the program. International students travel to the U.S. with an adult chaperone. If you are between the ages of 25-40 and interested in being a chaperone, please read the Chaperone Application Form listed under "Additional Resources" on the BTL 2017 page. Chaperones are typically teachers and/or writers in eligible countries with an interest in learning about writing pedagogy and improving their own craft of creative writing.

International Students: BTL Russia/Arabic

Because international students accepted into BTL have all expenses paid for by grants from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, international applicants will apply to the participating U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country. You must then go through a process of nomination. As we learn individual country deadlines and links to the application process, we will post them here. The current list of eligible countries for the Russian/Arabic session includes: Russia, Sudan, and Near Eastern Affairs countries (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen).

Materials needed for international student application

  • International Student Application Form
  • Copy of Passport, if available
  • 6-8 pages of creative work (fiction and/or poetry) in your native language. Essays or other forms of nonfiction will not be accepted.
  • 6-8 pages of creative work in English. Essays or other forms of nonfiction will not be accepted. All submitted materials must be unique, untranslated; select samples that best represent your abilities as a writer
  • The 2017 Between the Lines session will include discussion of identity as it relates to creative writing, and the life of a writer. Please include 3-5 pages in personal statement/response to the following:

    Family, friends, region, tribe, religious denomination, ethnic groups, class, gender, race,work, neighborhood, country, political parties—in our daily lives we navigate between different markers, adjusting our speech patterns and behavior to the demands of each encounter, narrating to ourselves stories about how and why we come to occupy a particular place in the scheme of things. What do you consider to be the strongest, most central aspects of your identity? What does it mean to you to be a member (or be seen as a member) of particular identity groups? In what way does your identity influence your creative writing?

  • A statement of purpose (250 words maximum, in English) describing why creative writing is important in your life, and what you hope to learn at our program in Iowa.

American and US-based Students: BTL Russia/Arabic and BTL Identity & Belonging

American students apply directly through the International Writing Program. The deadline is April 1, 2017. To apply, click here. You will need to create a log-in ID and click on “Start a Between the Lines Student Application.”

Materials needed for American student application

  • Online application form
  • Letter of Recommendation (one)
  • Transcript
  • Writing Sample: 6-8 pages of fiction and/or poetry
  • Writing Sample: 3-5 pages of personal statement/response to IWP prompt
  • Statement of Purpose

Letter of Recommendation

This one-page letter of recommendation should come from a teacher who is familiar with your work. We are especially interested in a teacher who can assess your work as a creative writer and thinker, but letters are not limited to such assessment. Letters may arrive in one of two ways: 1) in a sealed envelope to BTL Coordinator, International Writing Program, University of Iowa, 100 Shambaugh House, Iowa City, IA 52242-2020; 2) via an e-mail send directly from your teacher’s work email address (.edu) as a PDF or Word Document (.DOC .DOCX) to BTL coordinator, Cate Dicharry at cate-dicharry@uiowa.edu.

Transcript

You may upload an unofficial digital copy of your most recent transcript (PDF only). If you are seeking one of the IWP’s financial scholarships, you will be asked to also send an official copy via postal mail to: BTL Coordinator, International Writing Program, University of Iowa, 100 Shambaugh House, Iowa City, IA 52242-2020.

Writing Sample

This first writing sample should be 6-8 pages of fiction and/or poetry. Essays or other forms of nonfiction will not be accepted. There is no criteria for the content of this sample so choose the work that you feel best represents your writing. Documents should be 12-point font and have 1-inch margins all around. Document types accepted: PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF.

Response to Writing Prompt

The 2017 Between the Lines session will include discussion of identity as it relates to creative writing, and the life of a writer. Please include 3-5 pages of personal statement/response to the following:

Family, friends, region, tribe, religious denomination, ethnic groups, class, gender, race, work, neighborhood, country, political parties—in our daily lives we navigate between different markers, adjusting our speech patterns and behavior to the demands of each encounter, narrating to ourselves stories about how and why we come to occupy a particular place in the scheme of things. What do you consider to be the strongest, most central aspects of your identity? What does it mean to you to be a member (or be seen as a member) of particular identity groups? In what way does your identity influence your creative writing?

Statement of Purpose

A statement of purpose (250 words maximum, in English) describing why creative writing is important in your life, and what you hope to learn at our program in Iowa.

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