The 2021 Summer Residential Program will take place entirely online.
Monday, January 24, 2021: After considerable thought, we have decided to offer our 2021 Summer Residential Program completely online. Given the intensity of the pandemic, the unlikelihood of vaccines being available in time to provide sufficient protection for staff and for students 16 and older, and the absence of a plan to vaccinate younger students, we do not feel we can expect to host a safe residential program in late June or early July. We have reached this decision independently of the University of Iowa, though we expect the university to cancel all summer residential programs for youth for similar reasons.
The challenge of offering last summer's residential program online, as a kind of online camp, and the feedback we received from participating students, left us with a number of great ideas to make Online Camp 2021 even more engaging and fulfilling, During each of two, 2-week sessions, June 13-26 and July 11-24, 2021, we'll be offering an intense, immersive writing experience that will include core courses in poetry writing, fiction writing, creative writing (fiction, poetry, and personal essay), and, new this year, playwriting and TV writing—all courses to be taught by graduates of the Iowa Writers' Workshop or other fine Iowa MFA programs. We'll offer exclusive readings by exciting published writers; workshops and discussions on writing-related subjects taught by expert staff; as well as open mics, talent shows, social gatherings, icebreakers, and other events that are typically a part of our Summer Residential Program, and that will be specifically designed to allow students to connect with other young writers like themselves.
We will accept applications for Online Camp 2021 according to the normal procedure (for the Summer Residential Program) during the upcoming Application Period, January 25-February 8, 2021. Applicants will be informed of decisions by e-mail on April 9, 2021. You can learn more about how to apply to Online Camp 2021 here.
The cost of a 2-week session of Online Camp 2021 will be $575. This fee includes instruction and materials for the core course and access to all extracurricular camp events (readings, workshops, discussions, writing activities, open mics, talent shows, social gatherings, etc). More here.
If you're a student who was accepted into the (cancelled) 2020 Summer Residential Program and would like to be a part of Online Camp 2021, you must register in Submittable (link here) by Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST. Students who register by this deadline will receive an acceptance e-mail on April 9, 2021 along with other accepted students. Students who do not register by the deadline will not be offered a place in the program.
We're very sorry not to be able to proceed with a residential program this summer, but we're determined to offer students an engaging, fulfilling, and meaningful writing experience. I hope you'll be a part of it!
Stephen Lovely, Director