International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency

2018 International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is pleased to announce call for applications for the International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency. The Residency in Iowa City will take place this year from August 18-November 6, 2018.

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 150 nations have taken part in the IWP’s 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 2018, 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 12 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 candidate should be primarily a writer of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, or screenplays. Literary translators, journalists, and biographers have also participated, but those candidates must display a comparable track record in one of the creative genres.
  • The candidate should have at least one published book or volume, or a sizable number of works in significant publications (anthologies, journals, literary magazines) over the last two years.
  • The candidate should also have earned form/s of national recognitionfor their literary work.
  • The candidate must have a facility in speaking English sufficient to benefit from a 12-week writing residency where intensive discussion of literary and cultural issues forms a vital part of the experience.
  • The candidate must also be comfortable with cross-cultural dynamicsand interested in close interaction with artists from diverse cultures and backgrounds through numerous IWP-led outreach and engagement events.
  • The candidate should not be a resident of, nor currently residing in, the United States. Priority is given to writers who have not had extended periods of time in the U.S.

Candidates should submit the following documents as an application package:

  1. A Literary-based resume or CV (file must be less than 5 MB. Allowed file types: txt, pdf, doc, docx, rtf, odf, odt)
  2. 10-15 pages of clearly formatted poetry or prose translation that gives a good sense of the writer’s strengths and style. (file must be less than 5 MB. Allowed file types: txt, pdf, doc, docx, rtf, odf, odt)
  3. The original-language text of above translated writing sample (file must be less than 5 MG. Allowed file types: txt, pdf, doc, docs, rtf, odf, odt)
  4. Any additional writing samples (file must be less than 1 MG. Allowed file types: txt, pdf, doc, docs, rtf, odf, odt)
  5. Completed Author Information Form (file must be less than 50 MB. Allowed file type: pdf)
  6. Completed 2018 International Writing Program Application Form
  7. Digital image of the passport (if available).

Please email requested application package with a subject line “2018 Iowa Writing Program” to:

Application deadline:  April 5, 2018 6:00 PM Tbilisi time