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: Gabriela Román Fuentes

5Q Interview: Tautvyda Marcinkevičiūtė (Lithuania)

5Q Interview: Amanda Michalopoulou, Αμάντα Μιχαλοπούλου (Greece)

5Q interview: CHAN Lai-kuen  陳麗娟 (Hong Kong)

Program Highlights

 


   Founded in 1967

   Notable alumni include Orhan Pamuk, Tomaž Šalamun, Mo Yan, Sebastian Barry, Edward Carey among many others 

   Over fifteen 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 International Writing Program (IWP) was the first writers residency to reach out across national borders, and remains unique in the world of letters. Established writers from across the globe gather every fall to spend three months in Iowa City, the first UNESCO City of Literature in the New World, and here they write, research, give readings and lectures, becoming part of the lively literary community on and off campus. Over the years, the IWP has hosted more than 1,500 writers from 150 countries, who have garnered nearly every important literary prize in the world, including two Nobel Prizes in Literature (Orhan Pamuk from Turkey, and Mo Yan from China). Which is why the IWP has come to be known as the United Nations of Writers. The IWP also runs summer writing camps for high school and college students; conducts Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other digital events; organizes symposia here and abroad; takes delegations of American writers to places of strategic interest to the U.S. Department of State, which supports many of our programs.

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