The International Writing Program

Founded in 1967 by Paul Engle and Hualing Nieh Engle, the International Writing Program was the first writers residency to reach out across national borders and remains unique in the world of creative writing.

Program News

5Q Interview: Doyoon Kim 김도윤, 2017 IWP Resident

5Q Interview: Lava Omar Darwesh

5Q Interview: Maung Day, 2017 IWP resident

Interview with Christopher Merrill

Program Highlights


   Founded in 1967

   Notable alumni include Orhan Pamuk, Tomaž Šalamun, Mo Yan 

   Over fourteen hundred writers from more than 150 countries have been in residence

   Programs range from symposia and conferences through reading and study tours, to writing workshops, taught both on the UI campus and abroad

   Online MOOC creative writing courses

About Us

Founded in 1967 by Paul Engle and Hualing Nieh Engle, the IWP was the first writers residency to reach out across national borders, and remains unique in the world of creative writing. Established writers from across the globe gather for three fall months in Iowa City, becoming part of the lively literary community on and off campus. Over the years, the IWP has hosted more than 1,000 writers from more than 100 countries.

100 Shambaugh House | Iowa City, IA | 52242