do I apply to attend the IWP?
If you are interested in taking part in the program, or if you know of a writer whom you wish to nominate, send a query to the associate director of the International Writing Program. Please include a completed nomination form (see link, above), brief resumé that indicates publications, and a representative example of the writing, 10 pages in English translation.
During the first few months of the new year, we
will refer qualified writers to the cultural affairs
office of the U.S. Embassy or U.S. consular office in her
or his country of residence, or to the various cultural
agencies and arts councils in countries with whom we hold
We encourage your queries, but before you contact us please be aware that the opportunty to participate is made compartively rare by limited funding sources.
The associate director can be reached by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax at 319/335-3843, or send materials to the International Writing Program, 430 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 52242-2020.
I know of a writer who would be
an interesting prospective participant. I would like to
nominate him for the IWP. How do I do this?
If you know of a writer whom you wish to
nominate, please send a completed nomination form, brief resumé that indicating the writer's publications, and a representative example of their writing (10 pages in English translation), to the program coordinator.
The coordinator can be reached by e-mail: email@example.com, by fax at 319/335-3843, or send materials to the International Writing Program, 430 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 52242-2020.
How are writers selected to attend
Writers to be sponsored by the Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs will be selected from among
the nominees advanced by cultural affairs officers at U.S.
In a few cases, writers are elegible for competitive
funds from private organizations and corporations, funds that are often reserved
for designated countries. From queries and nominations, the
IWP determines which writers to advance for these competitive
grants. The IWP also assists selected writers in applying
for grant support from arts councils in their own countries.
Nominations are confirmed by June 1 each
What is the difference between
the International Writing Program and the Iowa Writers Workshop?
Because both programs, based at The University
of Iowa, are the oldest and most widely recognized programs
of their kinds, they are often interchanged. The IWP is a
3-month residency at the University of Iowa. It is offered
to foreign writers who are not already in residence in the
United States, and who have achieved literary distinction
in their countries. The IWP is a non-degree program and does
not offer academic credit for participation.
The Writers Workshop offers the Master
of Fine Arts degree to students of creative writing at the
University of Iowa. More information about the Writers Workshop
may be found at: http://www.uiowa.edu/~iww
Does the IWP provide financial support for participants?
The IWP relies largely on external funding to support writing
residencies. Please contact the associate director for particulars about potential sources
where applicants might apply for grants.
Does the IWP offer classes or academic credit for participation?
The IWP does not award degrees to its participants. During
the fall residency session, the IWP offers a class, International Literature
Today, to students of the University of Iowa. A twice-weekly informal class
on current American culture, Text & Context, is offered to
the writers by the director. The International Translation Workshop, held each Friday, focuses
on the works of IWP participants. Students of comparative literature, creative
writing or modern languages are enrolled in the course, providing them with
a unique opportunity as translators to work face-to-face with authors, leading
to texts translated into English. If participants are interested in specific
classes in other departments at the University of Iowa, IWP staff will assist
in obtaining permission from the departments offering the class.
Is the program offered each semester?
No. The IWP is a three-month residency
held in the fall semester each year, from the end of August
(the start of the fall semester at the University of Iowa)
through the middle of November.
Does the IWP have regular publications?
The IWP's online journal is 91st Meridian.
It can be found at: http://91stmeridian.org
How can I locate further information
about particular writers who have previously attended
Please send your inquiries to the International Writing Program, 430 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 52242-2020.
We can also be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
by fax at 319-335-3843, or by phone at 319-335-0128.