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Aspiring Young Authors: Write with IWP in Iowa This Summer!

American participant Zora Hurst performing at the 2013 Seldom Seen Festival as part of BTL 2013.
American participant Zora Hurst performing at the 2013 Seldom Seen Festival as part of BTL 2013.
Between the Lines: The Writing Experience, the International Writing Program's creative writing summer program for teenagers, is now accepting nominations for young 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.

Now in its seventh year, from June 21st to July 5th 2014 this group of young writers will live and study together on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa. Daily activities include world literatures seminars, creative writing workshops with award-winning authors, and nightly cultural exchange activities. 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.

Here's what students who participated in Between the Lines 2013 have to say about the experience:

All international applicants must apply through the US Embassy or consulate located in their country. The list of participating countries for 2014 includes:  Russia, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Syrian students living outside of Syria are also eligible and may contact the IWP for further guidance.

“It’s a chance to discover the real America, not like we see on TV and the internet,” says BTL '13 participant Inna Dmitrieva.
“It’s a chance to discover the real America, not like we see on TV and the internet,” says BTL '13 participant Inna Dmitrieva.
Applications for international students are due by March 1, 2014. For further information, please visit the program’s international FAQ page.

U.S. students may apply directly to the program via the IWP's online portal: https://iwp.grad.uiowa.edu/. Applications from U.S. students are due by April 1, 2014

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. Between the Lines looks forward to welcoming a new cohort of talented young writers to Iowa City this summer.

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