International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency

2019 International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency


Please email application package with a subject line “2019 Iowa Writing Program” to

Application deadline:  April 5, 2019 3:00 PM Tbilisi time


The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is pleased to announce a call for applications for the International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency. The Residency in Iowa City will take place from September 1 to November 17, 2019 (dates may be subject to adjustments).

The International Writing Program (IWP) is an internationally known annual forum at the University of Iowa, which brings together emerging literary figures from around the world for an 11-week writer-in-residency program.  The IWP Fall Residency brings together globally recognized writers and up-and-coming literary creators in all genres for a multicultural exchange designed to help participants hone their writing skills, participate in group projects, teach, and collaborate on in-depth outreach events with U.S. communities, organizations, and businesses.

Participants in the IWP Fall Residency will spend 11 weeks in Iowa City presenting their work to local audiences, working with students, and attending and teaching classes.  The program will enable participants to present their countries’ literature to U.S. audiences and to learn more about U.S. society and culture at the same time.  Additionally, participants will develop their professional skills, become familiar with the U.S. publishing industry, and experience U.S. volunteerism and its central role in American society.  Further details about the program are available on the IWP website:

The IWP Fall Residency aims to bring together established writers who have achieved literary distinction in their own countries, while uplifting emerging literary figures of notable talent.  Fiction and literary non-fiction writers, bloggers, film/television screenwriters, playwrights, and poets are all eligible for nomination.

Candidates should have at least one prior published volume of work or professional script or works that have appeared in significant publications or attracted significant audiences over a period of at least two years.

Nominees must be fluent in English, comfortable with cross-cultural interactions, and prepared to engage with writers from diverse backgrounds.

Participants must stay the full 11 weeks in the United States; there are no exceptions to this rule.  Due to housing limitations and the intense nature of the program, family members are not allowed to accompany the writers during the Fall Residency.

Candidates should submit the following documents as an application package:

  1. 10-15 pages of poetry or prose in English. If the poetry or prose is translated into English, provide the name and title of the translator.
  2. A literary-based resume or CV.
  3. The original-language text of above-translated writing sample, including reference to the name and date of its original publication if any.
  4. Completed 2019 International Writing Program Application Form.
  5. Digital image of the passport main page (if available).

Maximum file size is 10MB.