International Writing Program (IWP) Between the Lines 2022: Peace and the Writing Experience

The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon is pleased to announce the international writing program, “Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience,” sponsored by the Department’s Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs. of American state.

BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience will bring together 30 international students and 14 American students, ages 15-18, for two weeks of intensive BTL summer programs hosted online by the International Writing Program (IWP) and the University of Iowa (IU). All programming is conducted in English and includes creative writing workshops, world literature seminars, literary readings and Q&As with guest authors, conversation sessions with youth and mentors, social opportunities cultural exchange, as well as group and individual writing work outside of class. The virtual program is free for all selected participants.

This year’s version of Between the Lines (BTL) will feature participants from Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon , Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Candidates must be between the ages of 15 and 18 on July 15, 2022, be fluent in English (read, written and spoken) and be able to participate effectively in intercultural exchanges online.

All participants must have the ability to read, write and converse in English. During the two-week program, students will attend a writing-focused literature seminar – in English – with their American and international counterparts. They will also participate in a writing workshop with BTL teachers. Active discussion is an essential part of teaching.

All program activities will be in English and will include synchronized writing workshops, world literature seminars, special literary events and social opportunities for cultural exchange, as well as group and individual writing assignments outside lessons. During the program, participants will document and share their daily experiences on BTL’s Instagram @btl_uiiwp. At the end of the program, each participant will receive a certificate (PDF) and IWP will digitally publish the students’ writings as an anthology. BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience 2022 alumni may also be eligible to apply for BTL follow-up micro-grants. These grants will support new work and projects that promote creative writing and literature, youth leadership skills, professional development, community engagement, and community transformation through collaborative literary projects. The overarching goal of BTL program activities is to empower young writers to address social issues such as inclusion, women’s empowerment, disability awareness and equality through their creative work.

Please note that the IWP will host an information session on February 20, 2022, for potential applicants to learn more about this year’s virtual BTL program..The online meeting will be an opportunity for young writers interested in the BTL program to join IWP BTL staff and BTL alumni for a presentation on BTL and a Q&A session on the program and process. application/appointment:

Between the Lines 2022 Information and Q&A Session
When: Sunday, February 20, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central Time
Register in advance:

The application file includes:

  1. completed application
  2. A 6-8 page writing sample of prose (creative/documentary fiction) and/or poetry in English. Critical essays (book reports, academic reports, etc.) will not be accepted. Types of documents accepted: PDF, DOC, DOCX. All writing samples should be submitted in 12 point typeface, double spaced and with one inch margins. Poems can be single-spaced with multiple poems per page.
  3. An essay, in English, of no more than three pages in response to the following prompt: “In our daily lives, we navigate many different roles: student, sibling, daughter, son, peer. We negotiate family, friends, religious groups, as well as class, gender, race, country and so many other groups, adjusting how we speak or behave to meet the demands of each encounter. As we go through the day, we examine how and why we fill each particular role. What do you consider to be the strongest and most central aspects of your identity? What does it mean to you to be a member (or considered a member) of a particular group? How does your identity influence you as a creative writer and reader? »
  4. A brief response (no more than 300 words) to the following: “An essential element of Between the Lines is to encourage participants to explore the unknown and the unknown in a safe and supportive setting. Please describe a time in your past when you had to engage with a new situation, person, or idea that initially felt uncomfortable or strange. How did you proceed? If you had the chance, what would you do the same way and what would you do differently? »
  5. Statement of purpose outlining why creative writing is important in your life and what you hope to learn through our BTL program. (250 words maximum).
  6. All participants must have the ability to read, write and converse in English.

Please Note: The following formatting standards are required for all submitted documents. If not followed, applications may not be considered. Any evidence of plagiarism, handwritten application or incomplete submission will not be considered.

Format: typed (Microsoft Word or PDF file)
Font Type: Times New Roman
Font size: 12 point
Spacing: Double (poems can be single-spaced with multiple poems per page)
Margins: 1 inch on all sides
Header: include your name, the name of the piece (creative work, prompt #1, prompt #2, statement of purpose)
Footer: include page numbers
Quotes: If you use other people’s words/content, always give them credit

Please send an application package in a single email with the subject “Student 2022 between the lines – [ Your Last Name].” to [email protected], and complete the participant’s information and include it in the email:

  1. Candidate’s full name (as it appears on their passport);
  2. City and country of birth (as shown on their passport);
  3. The gender of the applicant (as it appears on their passport);
  4. Town of residence ;
  5. Country of Residence;
  6. Country of Citizenship;
  7. Candidate’s date of birth;
  8. Candidate’s email address.

Frequently Asked Questions

The deadline for submitting applications is March 01, 2022.
Virtual Program Dates: July 15 – July 30, 2022

Scott R. Banks