University of Iowa

How to Register/Fees

The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is a program for adults. You must be at least 18 years old to participate.




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 “Skill Levels/Choosing a Workshop” in Workshops.


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.


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


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


Register by fax: 319-335-4039


Register by mail: complete the registration form on pages xx, indicating workshop(s) and including 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. We will honor your choices according to availability.


Two-week intensive workshops are by application only and limited to 10 registrants. The application deadline is April 19.





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

$685 if paid in full when you register. $275 of your payment is a nonrefundable deposit.


Weeklong Workshop Installment Plan

$705 if you pay in two installments, $275 nonrefundable deposit when you register and the remaining $430 at least ten days in advance of your workshop. A schedule for payments due on the installment plan appears below.


Weekend Workshop

$360 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.


Two-Week Intensive Workshop

See below for fees, dates, and instructions regarding applying for two-week intensive workshops.



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 low enrollment, 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:



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.


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 16 (weekend)

June 7

June 17

June 7

June 23 (weekend)

June 14

June 24

June 14

July 8

June 28

July 14 (weekend)

July 5

July 15

July 5

July 21 (weekend)

July 12

July 22

July 12


Two-Week Intensive Workshop: Total cost is $1985. A $985 nonrefundable deposit is due upon acceptance.


There is a $35 nonrefundable submission fee for two-week intensive workshops. If you are accepted into a two-week intensive workshop, the $35 submission fee will be applied toward the cost of the workshop. The $35 submission fee may be applied toward the registration cost of a weeklong or weekend workshop if you are not admitted to the two-week intensive.


Applications for the Novel Manuscript Two-Week Intensive Workshop must be received by Thursday, April 19, 2018. 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 (Novel Manuscript Workshop) and your name in the subject line.


Notification of acceptance into the two-week intensive workshop will be made on or before Friday, May 4. If you are accepted, you must pay your nonrefundable deposit of $985 by Wednesday, May 9 to secure your spot. Full payment is due Friday, June 8. No refunds will be made after June 8.


If admitted to the two-week intensive workshop, Plan to submit your full manuscript to the instructor via email for distribution among your fellow novelists no later than Friday, May 11.