July 7-26, 2019

Students in grades 9-12 (current academic year) may apply for the Summer Writing Residency (SWR), an immersive 3–week residency at The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center. Learn from world-class faculty on one of the premier arts campuses in the US. Participate in classes, workshops, evening tours, lectures, and events that will stretch you as a writer. The residency concludes with an art and reading showcase. Priority will be given to students who have participated in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

You may only attend SWR once.


The Summer Writing Residency (SWR) is a unique opportunity to work with world-class faculty in The Writing University. SWR consists of reading and writing fiction, poetry, and personal narrative in an intensive multi-genre seminar workshop. The art of creative writing will be taught through a combination of seminar discussions and critiques of class members' work. The creative writing produced by the students will be in response to the literature and techniques discussed in class. You may choose from poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction.



The Undergraduate Creative Writing Program, under the Direction of Robyn Schiff, is partnering with the Belin-Blank Center to provide an exciting program designed for talented high school writers from across the country. Instructors include University of Iowa faculty, graduates, and graduate students from the English Department, the Writers Workshop, and special visiting authors.

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Mack Basham, Fiction & Poetry Instructor

Mack Basham is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He received the Macintyre Postgraduate Fellowship in 2019 and just returned from Santa Fe where he taught creative writing at the New Mexico School for the Arts. Mack resides in Iowa City.

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Isabel Henderson, Fiction Instructor

Isabel Henderson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, where she received Truman Capote and Rydson fellowships. She earned a BA at Princeton University, where her creative thesis was advised by Joyce Carol Oates and Darcey Steinke. She has worked for The Atlantic, Granta, and The American Reader; her work has appeared in The Atlantic, and is upcoming in Prairie Schooner.

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David Ehmcke, Teaching Assistant

David Ehmcke was born in Sioux City, Iowa. The recipient of the 2018 Van Rensselaer Prize from Columbia University and a Gold Medal for Essay from the American Council for Teachers of Russian, his poetry, short stories, and essays have been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and are published or forthcoming in Euphony Journal, 4x4 Magazine, and Tabula Rasa Magazine, among others. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of The Columbia Review. David lives in New York and studies English and Slavic Studies at Columbia University.