WRITER: MICHELLE YONG
CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Jan. 27, 2003
Iowa Young Writers' Studio Seeks Applicants
The University of Iowa's Division of Continuing Education is seeking applicants
for its Fourth annual Iowa Young Writers' Studio, a two-week summer program
that offers high school students from Iowa and across the country a chance
to focus on creative writing. The Studio will hold two sessions this year,
June 22 to July 5 and July 13-26, on the UI main campus.
Students at the Iowa Young Writers' Studio choose a single course of study
in fiction, poetry or creative writing (a mix of fiction, poetry, creative
non-fiction and/or drama). Daily activities include morning literature seminars,
afternoon workshops and individual conferences with instructors. The program
also hosts a variety of visiting readers and offers special evening and weekend
activities, which last year included one-day projects at the UI Center for
the Book and the KSUI/WSUI radio station.
"This is a completely amazing program, with an atmosphere conducive
to creativity," says one former student, in an article highlighting the
Studio in the Iowa Alumni Magazine's October 2002 issue. "It's about
taking writing seriously, not people taking themselves seriously...It changed
Instructors for the Studio include Thisbe Nissen, Ben Doyle and other graduates
of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Last year, high school students from 24 states,
including Iowa, New York, California and Texas, participated in the program.
The cost for the Iowa Young Writers' Studio is $1,375, which includes housing
in the University of Iowa Residence Halls, board, instruction fees, textbooks
and transportation to and from the Cedar Rapids airport. Some financial aid
Applications to attend the program are due April 1. For more information,
or contact program director Trish Walsh at (319)335-4209 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.