International Writing Program (IWP) Between the Lines 2019: Peace and the Writing Experience

International Writing Program (IWP) Between the Lines 2019: Peace and the Writing Experience


The U.S Embassy in Tbilisi is pleased to announce the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa titled “Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience.”  This program will bring together young writers from countries along the historic Silk Road land route and their U.S. peers for a two-week creative writing residency in Iowa City on July 13-27, 2019.

This year’s version of Between the Lines (BTL) will bring together 30 writers, aged 15-18, from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, along with 10-12 U.S. peers.  All program activities will be in English and will include writing workshops, group, and individual writing assignments, world literature seminars, cultural visits, and other local events.  Upon the completion of the program, IWP will publish the students’ writings as an anthology.  The program will cover the cost of travel, per diem, and other expenses associated with the students’ stay in the United States.

Ideal candidates are talented young writers who show promise to become future literary figures in their respective countries.  Students must be between the ages of 15-18 as of July 13, 2019, proficient in English (reading, writing, and speaking), and able to participate effectively in intercultural exchange.

The application package includes:

  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Personal statement
  • Statement of purpose 
  • Creative writing sample of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction) and/or poetry. 

Please send an application package in one email with a subject line “Between the Lines 2019: Peace and the Writing Experience” to

The submission deadline for the applications is 18:00 (local Georgian time) March 14, 2019.