Summer Residential Program (Summer 2022)

Two students posing for a group photo during the Summer Residential Program

NOTE: Plans for the 2022 Summer Residential Program are currently tentative. More here.

Students at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio's Summer Residential Program spend 2 weeks living the writing life in Iowa City, Iowa, a mecca for creative writers. There are 2 (2 week) sessions, one in June and one in July. We accept applications to the Summer Residential Program from students who are currently in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade. (9th graders may apply, though we only rarely accept them). Students take core courses in fiction writing, poetry writing, or creative writing (which includes some combination of fiction, poetry, and personal essay) with teachers who are students or graduates of the renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop. We also offer courses in TV writing and playwriting. Students in the Summer Residential Program share their writing with teachers and peers, receive constructive critique, participate in writing exercises and activities, and attend readings and literary events. We believe that cultivating and protecting one's writing life—the artistic practice, the inner journey of exploration and discovery—should take precedence over pursuing a writing career, though certainly the former can lead to the latter. A key goal of the Summer Residential Program is to bring adolescent writers together to appreciate and celebrate all that they have in common, and to welcome them into the larger community of writers in Iowa City and beyond.

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