The Iowa Young Writers’ Studio is open to any academically motivated and socially mature student who will have completed at least their sophomore year in high school by June 2016. Nearly all students who attend the Studio have just completed their sophomore, junior, or senior years. In very rare cases, if there is space, we will admit an exceptionally talented and mature 9th grader. We accept applications from students outside the United States.
To apply to the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio you must submit the following 4 items:
- A creative writing sample. The sample should consist of approximately ten pages of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction/essay, or any combination of the three. We are looking for writing that is clear, concise, vivid and interesting. For fiction, the sample may consist of a short story, part of a short story, several very short stories/pieces, or part of something longer (i.e. a novel or novella). The same applies for poetry and creative non-fiction/essay — whole works or parts of works are acceptable. (Bear in mind, however, that parts of works should not be so small, fragmentary and/or isolated as to be incoherent. Meaning: please don’t send ten pages of fragments of sonnets). Writing samples do not have to be in the same genre as the course you want to take, though we recommend that you apply with your strongest work, whether that be fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or some combination of the three. The writing sample should be typed and double-spaced (poems do not need to be double-spaced) and should be submitted as either a Microsoft Word or PDF file.
- A statement of purpose. In 1-2 pages, tell us why you want to participate in the Studio and what you hope to accomplish here. You may want to discuss your writing sample or talk about writers that you admire. This is a chance for us to get to know you a little bit from your own words. The statement of purpose should be typed and double-spaced and should be submitted as either a Microsoft Word or PDF file.
- A letter of recommendation from an English teacher or other instructor who is familiar with your writing. Guidelines for recommenders can be found here. The letter of recommendation should be submitted as either a read-only Microsoft Word or PDF file.
- A transcript from your high school (an unofficial transcript is fine if an official transcript cannot be uploaded or emailed).
Applications to the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio will be accepted via Submittable, an online submissions manager, during a one-week Application Period in February, 2016. We will begin accepting application materials via Submittable at 12 AM (Central Time) Monday, February 1, 2016 and stop accepting application materials at 12 AM (Central Time) Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Application materials will not be accepted before or after the Application Period. During the Application Period, you must complete these 3 steps:
STEP 1: Register free at Submittable and enter your basic information. You will be taken to the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio application. You will be asked a few more questions and have the opportunity to upload your writing sample and statement of purpose (Microsoft Word document or PDF only). Please upload your writing sample and statement of purpose as separate files.
Click here to register at Submittable, fill out your application, and upload your writing sample & statement of purpose. This page will not be active until the Application Period begins.
STEP 2: Ask your recommender to upload his or her letter of recommendation (Microsoft Word read-only document or PDF). If your recommender prefers to upload your letter, he or she can register free at this link and do so. If your recommender uploads your letter, only your recommender will receive a confirmation in Submittable. You, the applicant, will not be able to see the letter of recommendation in your Submittable profile. If you have any doubt as to whether your letter of recommendation has been uploaded, please check with your recommender before contacting the Studio.
Your recommender can click here to upload a letter of recommendation. This page will not be active until the Application Period begins.
We prefer that all letters of recommendation be uploaded via Submittable. However, if absolutely necessary, your recommender can e-mail his or her letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. LETTER OF REC should appear in the subject line, and the student’s name should be included in the body of the message.
STEP 3: Have your school upload your transcript (Microsoft Word read-only document or PDF). If your high school prefers to upload your transcript, they can register free at this link and do so. If your high school uploads your transcript, only your high school will receive a confirmation in Submittable. You, the applicant, will not be able to see your transcript in your Submittable profile. If you have any doubt as to whether your transcript has been uploaded, please check with your high school before contacting the Studio.
Your school administrator can click here to upload a transcript. This page will not be active until the Application Period begins.
We prefer that all transcripts be uploaded via Submittable. However, if absolutely necessary, your school can e-mail your transcript to email@example.com. The word TRANSCRIPT should appear in the subject line, and the student’s name should be included in the body of the message. Your school can also send us your transcript by other electronic means (Docufide, Parchment, etc).
There is no cost to apply to the Studio. During Step 1 you will be given the chance to list your session preference. Session preferences do not influence acceptance decisions. You can only attend one session of the Studio. When your application has been uploaded successfully you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Submittable. Uploaders of letters and transcripts will also receive comfirmation e-mails. Decisions will be e-mailed to all applicants on March 29, 2016. Once students are accepted, they must reserve their place at the Studio with a $250 deposit. The balance of the tuition is due on June 1. In the event that a student accepted into the Studio chooses not to attend, the position will be filled from a list of alternates.
Please direct all questions about the application process to firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-335-4209.
We look forward to reading your work!