Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Blog
By: Raouia Briki
Summer 2013 Intern
The University of Iowa will host students from the Arab world and Russia for a two weeks for “Between The Lines,” a creative writing program from June 22 to July 16. Since 2008, it has become a tradition for Iowa, the only UNESCO city for literature, to bring together talented young people from the Arab world, Russia and the US to enhance their creative writing skills and learn about each other’s cultures and literatures.
Through intensive creative writing mentorships, this year’s BTL students will work closely with authors to polish their talents and unleash their creativity. BTL Arab World instructors include award-winning poet John Murillo who teaches creative writing at New York University and bestselling Egyptian novelist, screenwriter, and blogger Ghada Abdel Aal, an alumna of the International Writing Program’s Fall Residency. BTL Russia instructors include poet Kiki Petrosino who teaches at the University of Louisville, and the acclaimed Russian novelist Alan Cherchesov, also an IWP alumnus. Students will spend two weeks on the University of Iowa campus, participating in intensive writing workshops and seminars, sharing ideas about their respective literatures (Arabic and Russian-speaking students divide their time between craft study in their native language and in English), attending literary events, and even giving public readings of their work at local literary landmark, The Haunted Bookshop.
Students participating in BTL 2013 began getting to know their peers and instructors last week, using Blackboard technology to connect to a virtual classroom and go over workshop basics before meeting in person in Iowa City next week.
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