International Writing Program

What is it?

The IWP is a leading forum for bringing together foreign literary figures including television/film writers and multi-media platform writers for a 12-week Fall Residency program. Hosted by the University of Iowa, the Fall Residency brings together global writers for a multicultural forum of conversations, workshops, collaborations, and public presentations. Participants in the IWP Fall Residency spend 12 weeks in residence at the University of Iowa in Iowa City presenting their work to local audiences, working with students, and attending and teaching classes. The program enables participants to bring their countries’ literary works to a wider audience and learn more about U.S. society, culture, and literature. A ten-day trip will be planned to different regions of the United States to meet and collaborate with diverse American writers.

Do participants need to pay anything to take part if selected?

No. The program will cover all costs, including airfare, per diem, and program costs.

What are the criteria for selection?

Participants must be established writers who have achieved literary distinction in their own countries, OR rising stars who have demonstrated notable literary talent. Fiction and literary non-fiction writers, screenwriters, poets, and dramatists are eligible for nomination. Candidates should have at least one published volume of work or professional script credit, or works that have appeared in significant publications or attracted significant audiences over a period of at least two years.

Nominees must be fluent in English, comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics, and eager to engage with writers from diverse cultures.Participants must stay the full 12 weeks in the United States; there are no exceptions. Family members are not allowed to accompany the writers during the Fall Residency.

Applications (PDF 171 KB) for the Fall 2016 program were due to AshgabatEducation@state.gov on April 22, 2016. Please check back here for updates on future programs.