Between the Lines (BTL) brings students ages 16-19 from abroad to the University of Iowa in Iowa City to join American students who are interested in strengthening their creative writing skills while also reading diverse literature and meeting students from other cultures.
A two-week summer camp, BTL will host two different programs, the first brings together students (16-19) from Russia, Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and the U.S. (June 25-July 9). A second smaller session unites Americans with students from Silk Routes countries India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic (July 16-July 30).
During the program, students are quite busy every day, taking a morning Global Literature seminar and attending a Writing Workshop each afternoon. Evenings are often filled with cultural exchange activities in Iowa City and surrounding areas. Each year we hand-select instructors who are also well-known writers and poets, one from each region. The Russian/Arabic session features distinguished American poet and professor at Johns Hopkins University Dora Malech, Russian novelist and editor Alisa Ganieva, and Egyptian writer Karim Alrawi. The Silk Routes session features American poet and professor of creative writing at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Mary Hickman, and Sri Lankan fiction writer and publisher, Ameena Hussein.