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The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is a program for adults. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. For a list of summer programs for youth at The University of Iowa, visit




For questions regarding registration, contact the Center for Conferences at 319-335-4141 or 800-551-9029, or email


For questions regarding workshop content, or for help choosing a workshop, call the Festival office at 319-335-4160. See Choosing a Workshop for more information.


All workshops are noncredit. Auditors or other nonparticipating visitors are not permitted.


You may enroll in only one workshop per week or weekend. You may, however, enroll in as many weeks or weekends as you like. Weeklong and weekend workshops do not overlap. See Schedules for a view of how weeklong and weekend workshops unfold.


Payment must accompany registration. Register online or by phone, fax, or mail with MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express. Checks or money orders are accepted with registrations in person and by mail.


Register online: (select “Event Group” Iowa Summer Writing Festival to view workshops by date)


Register by phone: 319-335-4141 or 800-551-9029


Register by fax: 319-335-4039


Register by mail: Send us a note with your contact information, including your phone number, and indicate which workshop (title and date) you would like to sign up for. You must include your payment. Make checks or money orders payable to Center for Conferences. Mail to:


Center for Conferences

The University of Iowa

250 CEF

Iowa City, IA 52242




Registrations for weeklong and weekend workshops are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Class size is limited to twelve. It is a good idea to register early. We will notify you promptly if the workshop you have selected is full. If you do not wish to enroll in a second choice, we will refund your entire payment.


Admission to two-week intensive workshops is by application only and limited to 10 registrants. The application deadline is April 7. Decisions are made by April 24.




Housing and most meal costs are not included in workshop fees. Fees for weeklong workshops include a light dinner on the Sunday evening of registration, a reception Monday evening, and dinner Thursday evening. Weekend fees include a Saturday morning continental breakfast.


A nonrefundable deposit is required for each course for which you register.


Weeklong Workshop

$750 if paid in full when you register. $275 of your payment is a nonrefundable deposit.


Weeklong Workshop Installment Plan

$775 if paid in two installments, $300 nonrefundable deposit when you register and the remaining $475 ten days in advance of your workshop. A schedule for payments due on the installment plan appears below.


Weekend Workshop

$385 payment in full when you register. $125 of your payment is a nonrefundable deposit. Receive $25 off one weekend workshop for every weeklong workshop in which you enroll. Discounts may not be transferred or combined. Installment plan is not available for weekend workshops.


Two-Week Intensive Workshop

Note that fee structures, deadlines, and refund policies for two-week workshops differ from those described elsewhere.


Total cost is $1985. A $985 nonrefundable deposit is due upon acceptance.


Two-week workshops require a $35 nonrefundable submission fee. If you are accepted into the workshop, this fee will be applied toward your tuition.


If you are not admitted to a two-week workshop and wish to register for something else, your $35 submission fee can be applied toward another workshop. If you apply for a two-week intensive workshop and want to register for another workshop as a back-up, you may. We will transfer your registration and apply your fees toward the two-week workshop if you’re accepted.


Applications for the Memoir Manuscript Two-Week Intensive Workshop are due Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Pay your $35 submission fee by calling the Center for Conferences at 319-335-4141, or via online registration at Then email submission materials (detailed in the course description) to Please include the workshop title (Memoir Manuscript Workshop) and your name in the subject line.


We will notify you of decisions for the two-week intensive workshop by Friday, April 24. If accepted, you must pay your nonrefundable deposit of $985 by Tuesday, May 5 to secure your spot. Full payment is due Tuesday, June 2. No refunds will be made after June 2.


If admitted to the two-week intensive workshop, plan to submit your full manuscript to the instructor via email for distribution to fellow workshop members no later than Tuesday, May 12.




If you wish to transfer to another workshop after you have registered, there will be a processing charge of $50 for each transfer, provided the transfer is at least ten days prior to the start date of your workshop. Thereafter, the charge to transfer is $150. Deadlines for transfers follow the schedule below.



If you must cancel your registration, and the cancellation is at least ten days prior to the beginning of your workshop, we will refund your payment minus your deposit. You will forfeit your deposit for each workshop for which you are registered and cancel. If you must cancel within the ten days preceding your workshop for any reason, you will forfeit your entire payment. A schedule for refunds (minus nonrefundable deposits) appears below.


If we must cancel a workshop due to insufficient enrollments, we will do so at least three weeks before the workshop begins. You will have the opportunity to transfer to another workshop without penalty or cancel your registration and receive a full refund.


Terms: The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is a community built on an assumption of shared enterprise, in the spirit of mutual respect. We reserve the right to a) revoke the registration of or b) dismiss from the program any person who disrupts the learning/working environment of others or threatens this enterprise. In addition, participants in the Festival are subject to all University of Iowa policies governing conduct in our community, including the University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment:


We are not able to make exceptions to the cancellation and transfer policies.




If the workshop begins:

You must cancel/transfer your registration/pay your balance by 12:00 noon, Thursday:

June 14

June 4

June 20 (weekend)

June 11

June 21

June 11

June 27 (weekend)

June 18

July 12

July 2

July 18 (weekend)

July 9

July 19

July 9

July 25 (weekend)

July 16