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.

2022 Summer graduate course dates and instructors to be announced

Fiction Workshops

May 18-June 5, 2021 VIRTUAL

Workshop fiction professor, Charles D'Ambrosio taught a 3-week graduate fiction workshop.

Charles D'Ambrosio New & Collected Essays

May 18-June 5, 2021 VIRTUAL

Author, Jenny Zhang taught a 3-week graduate fiction workshop.

Jenny ZhangSour Heart

June 15-August 6, 2021 VIRTUAL

Author, Tom Drury taught an 8-week graduate fiction workshop.

Tom Drury

The Black Brook

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Poetry Workshops

May 18-June 5, 2021 VIRTUAL

Workshop poetry professor, James Galvin taught a 3-week graduate poetry workshop.

James GalvinEverything We Always Knew Was True

June 15-August 6, 2021 VIRTUAL

Director of Iowa's Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing, Daniel Khalastchi taught an 8-week  graduate poetry workshop.

Daniel KhalastchiTradition








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A writing sample is required for both courses: 10-12 poems for the poetry sessions, 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- $2,600.

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

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 poetry workshop met on Mondays, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:50 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 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 28-August 5, 2021 were:

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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