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International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency

Please email the application package with the subject line “2022 Iowa Writing Program” to TbilisiExchanges@state.gov

The submission deadline for the applications is 18:00 (local Georgian time) March 17, 2022.

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is pleased to announce a call for applications for the International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency.

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 a 12-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 12 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: http://iwp.uiowa.edu/.

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.

Nominees must be adults between the age of 21 and 64 at the time of the program, non-U.S. citizens. Participants must stay the full 12 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 the above-translated writing sample, including reference to the name and date of its original publication, if any.
  4. Completed 2022 International Writing Program Application Form.
  5. Digital image of the passport main page (if available).

The maximum file size is 10MB.