Iowa Young Writers' Studio

Iowa City, IA


Every summer, 132 high school aged writers from across the country come together to share their work, practice craft, and improve their writing in Iowa City, Iowa, home of the University of Iowa.

At the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, you will choose a single Core Course of study—Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Writing (a survey that includes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction)—as your focus for the two weeks of the program. 

Teachers and counselors at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio are chosen, with rare exceptions, from among the students and graduates of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.

The Iowa Young Writers’ Studio is open to any academically motivated and socially mature student who will have completed at least their sophomore year in high school by June 2016. Nearly all students who attend the Studio have just completed their sophomore, junior, or senior years. In very rare cases, if there is space, we will admit an exceptionally talented and mature 9th grader. We accept applications from students outside the United States.

Cost and Session Information

JUNE 12-25 (SESSION 1) & JULY 10-23 (SESSION 2), 2016

The cost of the 2016 Iowa Young Writers’ Studio will be $2,350. This program fee includes room and board, all instruction fees, textbooks, photocopying, and transportation to and from the Cedar Rapids airport or Iowa City bus station. Once a student is accepted into the Studio they must pay a $250 deposit to reserve their position. The balance of the fee is due June 1. There is no cost to apply!

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