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Between the Lines International Writing Programme in USA 2021

The University of Iowa welcomes applications for the Between the Lines International Writing Programme in 2021.

Since 2008, Between the Lines (BTL) has welcomed young writers at the University of Iowa for a cultural exchange program that concentrates on the art and skill of creative writing. Partakers, aged 15-18, rendezvous in Iowa City for a rigorous two-week session. During the session, they reside in campus dorms and spend their days in creative writing seminars and international literature workshops designed to widen their literary horizons and expand their empathy for and comprehension of one another’s identities and stories.

BTL provides two summer sessions—Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience (for candidates from the U.S. and 28 nations) & Between the Lines: Identity and Belonging (for candidates from the U.S. only).

With professional U.S. and foreign writers as their teachers, partakers widen their literary horizons, expand their empathy and their comprehension of one another’s cultures, and develop their communication skills. All programming is carried out in English.

Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience is funded via a collaborative agreement with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States State Department. Programming partners comprise the University of Iowa, Prairie Lights Bookstore, and other local clusters and university departments.

Worth of Between the Lines International Writing Programme

  • For selected foreign students, all fees, comprising travel, accomodation, and meals, are waived – membership is free of charge.
  • As mandated by the U.S. State Department, candidates will travel with an adult chaperone, appointed by the International Writing Program, on the pancontinental flight to and from the US.

Eligibility for Between the Lines International Writing Programme

BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience merges 30 foreign students with 10-14 U.S.-based contemporaries (all age 15-18) for two weeks of demanding BTL summer programming at the University of Iowa. U.S. Consulates/Embassies in the following nations are welcome to nominate students and chaperones for the 2020 BTL program: Armenia, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bangladesh, Georgia, Egypt, Iraq, India, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Oman, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Poland, Sri Lanka, the Russian Federation, Tunisia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Uzbekistan.

How to Apply for Between the Lines International Writing Programme

  • The U.S. Embassy in your home nation must first accept to nominate you, and then will hand in an application on your behalf. 
  • You will have to provide them with the documents specified on their website.
  • These entail your original creative writing in English language, your answers to the two written prompts, and a statement of motivation.
  • Your prepared credentials have to be uploaded as attachments via the application form.

A Note on Formatting

The following formatting standards are mandatory for all handed in documents. If not adhered to, applications may not be processed.

FormatTyped (Microsoft Word document desired but not mandated)
Font typeTimes New Roman
Font size12 point
Margins1 inch on all sides
HeaderAdd your name, title of piece (creative work, Prompt #1, Prompt #2, Statement of Motivation)
FooterInclude page numbers
CitationsIf making use of other people’s words/content, make sure you give them credit

Deadline: The Between the Lines (BTL) Application closing date is March 31, 2021, by 11:59PM (23:59) CST (GMT-6). Non-U.S. Students: The closing date for application, through the U.S. Embassy in your home nation, may be sooner. Verify with your embassy as soon as possible.

In 2021, The International Writing Program will host BTL: Identity and Belonging online (available to U.S. candidates only) from June 19-July 3, and BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience online (available to U.S. and foreign candidates) from July 10-24. ​​​​​ For additional details about the sessions and the 2020 BTL virtual experience, please check the ​​​​​​Between the Lines 2021 page

Visit here for more information and to apply

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