The INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM (IWP) is the oldest and largest multinational writing residency in the world. With a tradition of excellence that has continued for nearly five decades, the IWP annually brings outstanding authors from every continent to the University of Iowa, a major American research institution internationally renowned for its writing programs. Since 1967, over 1,400 writers from more than 140 nations have taken part in the Fall Residency. The goal of the IWP is to provide authors a one-of-a-kind inter-cultural opportunity and the time and space to write, read, translate, study, conduct research, travel, give readings, stage work, and become part of the vibrant literary and academic community at the university and in Iowa City, the only American city designated as a UNESCO City of Literature, in part because of the IWP’s presence.
For 2016, the IWP will bring together 30-35 of the world’s emerging and established writers to participate in the Fall Residency’s unique inter-cultural experience. Over the course of 10 weeks, aside from working on their own projects, writers will give readings and lectures that share their work and cultures, collaborate with artists from other genres and art forms, and travel and interact with American audiences and literary communities across the United States.
The Iowa portion of the Fall Residency will run from August 20 to November 2, 2016. The first days are set aside to welcome and orient the writers to life in Iowa City and at the IWP. Weekly calendars include public readings on Sundays and Fridays, film screenings on Tuesday evenings, and IWP writer-based courses for UI students on Monday and Friday afternoons; excursions, field trips, and cultural outings will take place most weekends.
Some of these activities include:
For examples of past, full calendars of events, please see our Annual Reports.
Accommodations for most IWP writers are at the Iowa House Hotel, which is located directly on campus. Writers will live predominantly on the same floor, which includes a ‘common room’ for group use, and an office for the IWP’s Housing Coordinator. Each room provides a private bathroom, a writing desk, and wireless internet, as well as a mini-fridge, coffee pot, and microwave. Continental breakfast is provided during certain set hours weekday mornings; other meals are mostly eaten away from the hotel. Other amenities include a cafeteria, computer labs, and complimentary access to nearby exercise facilities. As part of campus life, IWP writers are also given visiting scholar privileges, providing access to the state-of-the-art University of Iowa library system.