Announcing 2019 “BETWEEN THE LINES” Program for Young Writers

Applications are now open for the 2019  “Between The Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience” BTL,  International Writing Program IWP for young writers (15-18 years old) which will be conducted at the University of Iowa for the period July 13 – July 27, 2019.  The program is sponsored by and jointly administered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Cultural Programs Division. All nominees must send the biographic page of their passport and the required writing samples (in PDF or Word) to IraqCulturalAffairs@state.gov  before March 14th. For more information, please visit https://iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/between-the-lines and https://www.facebook.com/btlwriters 

Requirements for Students:

The program is designed for talented young writers who show promise to become future literary figures in their respective countries.  It is open for young writers between the ages of 15-18 as of July 13, 2019 who are proficient in English (reading, writing, and speaking).  All nominees must send the biographic page of their passport and the following writing samples (in PDF or Word) to IraqCulturalAffairs@state.gov before March 14th:

a) A brief response (no longer than 300 words) to the following: “An essential component of Between the Lines is encouraging participants to explore the unfamiliar and unknown in a safe and supportive setting.  Please describe a time in your past when you had to engage with a new situation, person, or idea that initially felt uncomfortable or strange.  How did you proceed?  If you had the chance, what would you do the same, and what would you do differently?”

b) A personal statement (no more than three pages) in response to the following prompt: “In our daily lives, we navigate many different roles—student, sibling, daughter, son, peer.  We negotiate family, friends, religious groups, as well as class, gender, race, country, and so many other groups, adjusting the way we speak or behave to fit the demands of each encounter.  As we move through the day, we work through how and why we occupy each particular role.  What do you consider to be the strongest, most central aspects of your identity?  What does it mean to you to be a member of (or seen as a member of) a particular group?  In what way does your identity influence you as a creative writer and reader?”

c) A brief statement of purpose (no more than 250 words) describing why writing is important to the applicant’s life, and what he/she hopes to learn at BTL.

d) A creative writing sample of 6-8 pages of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction) and/or poetry.  Critical essays (book reports, academic reports, and so forth) will not be accepted.

Note: All writing samples must be in English using 12-point font and one -inch margins all around.

All applicants should include the following information in the body of the email: 

a) Nominee’s full name (as it appears on his/her passport);

b) City and country of birth (as it appears on his/her passport);

c) Nominee’s gender:

d) City of residency:

e) Country of residency:

f) Country of citizenship:

g) Nominee’s date of birth:

h) Nominee’s email address: