Summer application deadline: March 3, 2024

To apply, please submit a manuscript of:

10-12 poems for poetry
2 or 3 short stories or chapters of a novel for fiction

Applications for summer 2024 are now closed

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Tuition for summer 2024: $1,878.00 per class*

* cost per class is based on University tuition rates; because we are a graduate program, you must be enrolled for credit to attend the class
** for international students, additional fees may apply in certain circumstances, for example if taking more than one class

Are you currently a high school student?

The Iowa Young Writers' Studio is a summer writing program dedicated to high school students.

For Admitted Students

Once you are admitted to the summer workshop, you will need to apply for admission to the University of Iowa as a Nondegree student. This application does not require a writing sample, but does require an official transcript. We will send an email with instructions to every admitted student.

Please be aware that acceptance to the summer program does not alter your chances of being admitted to the Writers' Workshop full-time graduate program.

Questions can be directed to:


The University has some level of available housing for undergraduate students. Most summer workshop students live in sublets and temporary housing (hotels, bed and breakfasts, Airbnbs). We will do our best to help.

Registration and Credit

The Writers’ Workshop is a graduate program, so our classes are generally not open to undergraduates. We are, however, able to make exceptions for the summer session. If you are admitted to a summer workshop and you are currently pursuing an undergraduate degree or never received an undergraduate degree, please respond to your admissions email and tell us. We will let you know what steps to take.

Class Schedules

Typically, the 3-week poetry workshop meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Typically, the 3-week fiction workshops meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to classes, the summer program hosts readings and events during the week and occasionally over the weekend. Attendance at the events is not required, but they are a nice benefit of being in Iowa City.

International Students

International students should contact Andrew Wade in International Admissions for the complete requirements, by phone, at (319) 335-1534, or by email, at

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