Every year, with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, IWP organizes a number of programs that aim to make a connection between literary communities overseas and distinguished American writers. These programs have ranged from symposia and conferences through reading and study tours, to writing workshops, taught both on the UI campus and abroad.

Interdisciplinary Narrative-making through Intercultural Interaction

We are no longer accepting applications for this program. The 2022 cohort, the final group to participate, was previously selected. For questions, please write to More

MOOCs, Off-Campus Courses & Outreach

Lower left image by The IWP’s Digital Learning Program offers a year-round program of online courses, exchanges, and events whose goal is to encourage worldwide cultural and... More

Students sitting and talking under trees by the Iowa River in the beautiful light of magic hour.
Peace and the Writing Experience & Identity and Belonging

“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”   —Toni Morrison  The new deadline for Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing... More

Reading Abroad: American Writers on Tour

In partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the International Writing Program organizes reading tours to countries or regions with a relatively... More

In a world with seemingly infinite amount of information at our fingertips, how do we distinguish what is real, and what is trustworthy from that which is merely arresting? How do we approach the... More

Yvonne Owuor Speaks at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Right: Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (IWP Fall Resident 2005 & 2017, Kenya), shown here speaking at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is a mentor for IWP’s inaugural Women’s Creative... More

A Poetry Project for Iraqi Youth

Lanterns of Hope: A Poetry Project for Iraqi Youth, launched in March of 2015, was a program designed to encourage Iraqi youth, ages 16 to 23, to creatively communicate their visions for the... More

Heritage, Trade, Practice

Silk Routes: Heritage, Trade, Practice is a three-year project (2014-2016) designed to foster long-term region-wide networks of younger writers in South and Central Asia working in their own... More

A Virtual Drama

2012-2015:  Book Wings is a collaborative exchange and performance initiative designed to bring together writers, actors, directors, and new media professionals from the United States and... More

Writers in Direct Conversation

IWP's international conferences are designed to bring together international and American writers in direct conversations around a pressing theme. They commonly result in a collection of topical... More

A study tour of the Mid-Atlantic and the American South

In April 2011, the International Writing Program launched Writers in Motion, a study tour of the Mid-Atlantic and the American South, where eight international writers explored the theme of "Fall and... More

A US/Western China Exchange 文化探寻

In 2009, the International Writing Program and the Chinese Writers' Association began a pilot exchange project, the Life of Discovery. The project’s aim was to bring together writers and artists from... More