How to Apply & Deadlines

**UPDATE: American student application deadlines have been extended to April 26, 2019. International student application deadlines have not changed.**

Application Deadlines:

For International Students:

-          The deadline for applying to BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience is March 29, 2019.

-          International students are not eligible for BTL: Identity and Belonging.

For American Students:

-          The deadline for applying to both BTL sessions is April 26, 2019.

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 2019, Between the Lines will host BTL: Identity and Belonging from June 22-July 6, and BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience from July 13-27.  For more information about the sessions, visit the Between the Lines program page.

Students must be between 15-18 years old to participate in either program. International students travel to the U.S. with an adult chaperone selected and trained by BTL. 

International Students

Because international students accepted into BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience have all expenses paid for by funds 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. New in 2019: In addition to Russia, eligible countries include those along the historic Silk Road land route.  Posts in the following countries are invited to nominate students for the 2019 BTL program: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Students from counties outside of these regions are unfortunately not eligible: we hope to expand in the near future. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country for more information on their application process; you will need to prepare the materials listed below when you apply. You must then go through a process of nomination with your U.S. Embassy. After your U.S. Embassy agrees to nominate you, you will work with them to fill out the Between the Lines 2019: Peace and the Writing Experience Application here. It is likely they will apply for you, after you've provided them with the information the application requests. 

Materials needed for international student application

  • After your U.S. Embassy agrees to nominate you, they will fill out the Between the Lines 2019: Peace and the Writing Experience Application here. You will need to have the responses to the written prompts below when they fill out the application, so the embassy may add them as attachments.
  • You must have a passport at time of application. Students who are accepted will immediately be asked to share a scan of their passport with their embassy. This is to initiate the visa process, which can be lengthy. Failure to share your passport in a timely manner could result in visa delays, and even the loss of your spot. Be ready!
  • Attachments for Application:
    • 6-8 pages of original creative prose and/or poetry, written in English. Book reports and other academic writing will not be accepted. Documents should be 12-point font and have 1-inch margins all around. Document types accepted: PDF, DOC, DOCX.
    • The 2019 Between the Lines session will include discussion of identity as it relates to creative writing and the life of a writer. Please include 2-4 pages of your personal response to the following: In our daily lives, we navigate many different roles—student, sibling, daughter, son, peer. We negotiate family, friends, religious groups, as well as class, gender, race, country, and so many other groups, adjusting the way we speak or behave to fit the demands of each encounter. As we move through the day, we work through how and why we occupy each particular role. What do you consider to be the strongest, most central aspects of your identity? What does it mean to you to be a member of (or seen as a member of) a particular group? In what way does your identity influence you as a creative writer and reader?
    • An essential component of Between the Lines is encouraging participants to be vulnerable and explore the unfamiliar and unknown in a safe and supportive setting. At many points, whether in workshop or interpersonally, participants may feel out of their comfort zone. Please describe a time in your past when you had to engage with a new situation, person, or idea that initially felt uncomfortable or strange. How did you proceed? If you had the chance, what would you do the same, and what would you do differently? (400 words maximum)
    • A statement of purpose (250 words maximum) describing why creative writing is important in your life, and what you hope to learn at our program in Iowa.

 

American Students for all BTL programs 

American students apply directly through the International Writing Program. **The deadline for American student applications for both BTL sessions have been extended to April 26, 2019.**

Applications for BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience can be submitted through this link.

Applications for BTL: Identity and Belonging can be submitted through this link

While students can only participate in one session, if you are an American student willing to attend either BTL, please fill out the application for BTL: Identity and Belonging and email the program coordinator at btl-program@uiowa.edu to indicate you'd like to be considered for either session. 

Materials needed for American student application

  • BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience applications can be submitted through this link. BTL: Identity and Belonging applications can be submitted through this linkYou will need to have the responses to the written prompts below when you fill out the application, adding them as attachments.
  • Attachments for Application:
    • 6-8 pages of original creative prose and/or poetry, written in English. Book reports and other academic writing will not be accepted. Documents should be 12-point font and have 1-inch margins all around. Document types accepted: PDF, DOC, DOCX.
    • The 2019 Between the Lines session will include discussion of identity as it relates to creative writing and the life of a writer. Please include 2-4 pages of your personal response to the following: In our daily lives, we navigate many different roles—student, sibling, daughter, son, peer. We negotiate family, friends, religious groups, as well as class, gender, race, country, and so many other groups, adjusting the way we speak or behave to fit the demands of each encounter. As we move through the day, we work through how and why we occupy each particular role. What do you consider to be the strongest, most central aspects of your identity? What does it mean to you to be a member of (or seen as a member of) a particular group? In what way does your identity influence you as a creative writer and reader?
    • An essential component of Between the Lines is encouraging participants to be vulnerable and explore the unfamiliar and unknown in a safe and supportive setting. At many points, whether in workshop or interpersonally, participants may feel out of their comfort zone. Please describe a time in your past when you had to engage with a new situation, person, or idea that initially felt uncomfortable or strange. How did you proceed? If you had the chance, what would you do the same, and what would you do differently? (400 words maximum)
    • A statement of purpose (250 words maximum) describing why creative writing is important in your life, and what you hope to learn at our program in Iowa.

 

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