Summer writing workshop – “Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience”

The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP) invites young Russian writers to apply to participate in a two-week summer cultural exchange program called Between the Lines (BTL). In 2019, three young writers from Russia  join 30 other students from all over the world and 10 American writers for a residency and workshop program in Iowa City in July  All program activities will be in English and will include writing workshops, group and individual writing assignments, world literature seminars, cultural visits, and other local events. Upon the completion of the program, IWP will publish the students’ writings as an anthology. The program will cover the cost of travel, per diem, and other expenses associated with the students’ stay in the United States. Funds may also be available to support in-country travel for visa interviews.

Ideal candidates are talented young writers who show promise to become future literary figures in Russia. Students must be:

  • 18 years old at the time of the program;
  • proficient in English (reading, writing, and speaking);
  • able to participate effectively in intercultural exchange.

The final selection of participants  is be determined by Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and IWP.

Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible to apply:

  • S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of a participating country;
  • Alumni of U.S. Government-funded programs;
  • Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State; employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State employees; family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment.

Student applications must include the following items:

  • Application form – please remove the link
  • brief response(no longer than 300 words) to the writing prompt
    personal statement (no more than three pages)
  • brief statement of purpose(no more than 250 words)
  • creative writing sampleof 6-8 pages of prose in English (fiction or creative nonfiction) and/or poetry. Self-made translations of applicant’s own works in Russian are also accepted. Critical essays (book reports, academic reports, and so forth) will not be accepted.


2019 application season is over. Information about applying for the 2020 program will be available in December 2019 – January 2020.

More information about the program can be found here:

Please contact our office if you have further questions about the program: