Summer Programs

Interested in studying with Writers’ Workshop faculty and visiting writers?

This summer, the Workshop will offer graduate-level courses in two separate summer school sessions for college credit. Admission is based on manuscript review and is open to all applicants, whether enrolled in a degree program currently or not. The postmark deadline for application to the 3-week or 8-week sessions is March 1.

Fiction Workshops

May 16-June 3, 2022 IN-PERSON

Workshop director, Lan Samantha Chang will teach a 3-week graduate fiction workshop.

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May 16-June 3, 2022 IN-PERSON

Author Amy Parker will teach a 3-week graduate fiction workshop with an emphasis on speculative fiction.


June 13-Aug 5, 2022 IN-PERSON

Author Tom Drury will teach an 8-week graduate fiction workshop.


Tom Drury

The Black Brook

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Poetry Workshops

May 16-June 3, 2022 IN-PERSON

Workshop poetry professor, Mark Levine will teach a 3-week graduate poetry workshop.

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A writing sample is required for both courses: 10-12 poems for the poetry session, 2 or 3 short stories or chapters of a novel for the fiction sessions.

Application deadlines

3-week session application deadline: March 1
8-week session application deadline: March 1
All applications should be postmarked by March 1.

Click here to apply to graduate summer sessions

Tuition and Fees

Residents of the U.S. may register for three semester hours for the 3-week session or four semester hours for the 8-week session. Tuition and fees range from $1,400- $2,800 (depending on educational level).

To look up tuition and fees for three or four semester hours, please see the University of Iowa Office of the Registrar Tuition & Fees schedule.

  • At top right where it says "Select a session", please use the pull-down to select the "Summer Session 2022" option.
  • If you have completed an undergraduate degree, please select "Graduate College" from the pull-down to the right of the session, and then below, for "Filter by Curricular College," please select "College of Liberal Arts and Sciences"
  • If you have not completed an undergraduate degree, please select  "College of Liberal Arts and Sciences" from the pull-down to the right of the session

International students may register for three semester hours for the 3-week session

International students attending the 8-week session are legally required to enroll as full-time students, with 5 semester hours, and two months of living expenses and health insurance. International students should contact Andrew Wade in International Admissions for the complete requirements, by phone, at (319) 335-1534, or by email, at

The University of Iowa cannot offer or facilitate financial aid for non-degree students for Summer Session tuition and fees.

Class schedules

2022 summer schedule is to be announced

Last summer the 3-week poetry workshop met on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CDT)
The 3-week fiction workshops met on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The 8-week fiction workshop met on Mondays, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

Housing during summer sessions

The Workshop will send information on local hotel and bed and breakfast accommodations to everyone admitted to the graduate summer sessions.

Undergraduate summer courses

Several six-, eight-, and twelve- week creative writing courses are offered for undergraduates (CW:2870, CW:1800, CW:7870, CW:7875). Check MyUI for course listings.

The 6-week sessions for Undergraduates, June 27-August 4, 2022 are:

CW:1800:0001 Creative Writing Studio Workshop

CW:1800:0002 Creative Writing Studio Workshop

Housing is usually available to undergraduate-level students through Residence Services. The Housing Office number is 319-335-3009.

Other summer writing programs

Iowa Summer Writing Festival
Weekend and week-long workshops throughout June and July

Iowa Young Writers' Studio
A creative writing summer program for high school students, taught by Writers' Workshop graduates

Iowa Study Abroad 
The Irish Writing Program: Summer Abroad in Ireland

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