Exchanges and Events

The IWP's online events offer unique opportunities for students, writers, and teachers in Iowa City and abroad to join in the experience of live performances, readings, and discussions. Supported by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the University of Iowa, each event is designed to provide a window onto the communities of the IWP, the University of Iowa, and the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature.

The IWP's online exchanges bring together writers and artists in far-flung communities for collective creative work. Exchanges offer live video meetings; asynchronous online workshopping; and ongoing opportunities for collaboration across geographical divides. Each exchange is led by facilitators who are experienced teachers and mentors with substantial professional credentials. Supported by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the University of Iowa, each exchange is designed to facilitate the formation of new international relationships and communities.

Past Exchanges and Events

To view our past exchanges and events, please visit the Past Distance Learning Programming page.

Exchange Collections

The IWP's past exchanges featured collaborations between writers and photographers from around the world. Their work is showcased on the Collections from the IWP Experience website (

For inquiries about our exchanges and events, or other online programming, please email us by selecting "Digital Learning courses"  from the drop-down menu on our contact form here >

Happening Now

  • To mark PEN International’s centennial, Words Without Borders has published a sampler of works by writers committed to freedom of expression. Algerian novelist and scholar Med MAGANI is among them.

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

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