Summer Programs

Coffee cups on a workshop table next to a computer and booksAnyone may apply for non-degree summer coursework offered; this summer, the Workshop will offer courses in two separate summer school sessions. The postmark deadline for application to the 3-week session is March 2, 2020.  *The postmark deadline for the 8-week sessions has been extended to March 12, 2020.*

Three-week Intensive May Session: May 18 – June 5, 2020

Eight-week Summer Session: June 15 – August 6, 2020

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 session.

Application deadlines

3-week session application deadline: March 2
8-week session application deadline: March 2 (*8-week session postmark-deadline has been extended to March 12*)
All applications should be postmarked by March 2.

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- $2,600.

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, and select the "Summer Session" option for the Graduate College. Next to "Filter by Curricular College," select "College of Liberal Arts and Sciences."

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

The 3-week poetry workshop will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The 3-week fiction workshop will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The 8-week poetry workshop will meet on Mondays, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
The 8-week fiction workshop will meet on Mondays, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

Undergraduate summer courses

Several four- six- and eight-week creative writing courses are offered for undergraduates (CW:2870, CW:1800). You do not have to submit a manuscript in order to take these classes. Check MyUI for course listings.

The 6-week sessions for Undergraduates, June 29-August 6, 2020:

CW:1800:0001 Creative Writing Studio Workshop

CW:1800:0002 Creative Writing Studio Workshop

Housing during summer sessions

Housing is usually available to undergraduate-level students through Residence Services. The Housing Office number is 319-335-3009. The Workshop will send information on local hotel and bed and breakfast accommodations to everyone admitted to the graduate summer sessions.

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

The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of  consideration as an individual. The university also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to  university facilities. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and  Diversity, the University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA, 52242-1316, 319-335-0705 (voice), 319-335-0697 (TDD), If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in these programs, please contact the Writers' Workshop at (319) 335-0416.