2024 International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency

We are looking for established and emerging writers of fiction, graphic novels, drama, poetry, and screenplays!

Deadline is March 5, 2024.

The IWP Fall Residency will be hosted by the University of Iowa from approximately September till November 2024. The in-person session will bring around 35 emerging and mid-career writers from around the world to Iowa City for an immersive eleven-week cultural exchange. IWP’s Fall Residency furthers participants’ professional development, advances their understanding of creative writing, literature, publishing and U.S. societal values, and facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration.

IWP is one of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the United States that counter disinformation, build mutual understanding, advance freedom of expression, and explore the important role of inclusion in building resilient democratic communities.

Program activities will provide international writers with opportunities to engage with the U.S. creative economy and culture and encourage American writers to connect with priority foreign audiences. IWP’s host institution, the University of Iowa, is also home to the world-renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In 2008, Iowa City became the first UNESCO City of Literature (http://www.iowacityofliterature.org/) in the United States, the third such city in the world. Two IWP alumni—Orhan Pamuk of Turkey and Mo Yan of China—have received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The IWP Fall Residency is open to established and emerging writers of fiction, graphic novels, drama, poetry, and screenplays from any country. Candidates should have a significant publication record; at least one published book or screenplay/play, or a record of publishing regularly over the previous two years in traditional or online media. Authors of graphic novels and screenplays should also have record of their creative work in another medium. The working language of the program is English, and visa issuance requires that candidates are proficient speakers of English. Candidates need not write in English; once a writer is selected, the program provides translation for their creative work as needed. Nominees must be comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics and eager to engage with other writers from diverse cultures.

Participants must be adults between the age of 21 and 64 at the time of the program (September, 2024), non-U.S. citizens and able to travel to the United States and stay for the full eleven weeks. This year the program is open for Russian citizens that either live in Russia or currently reside in other countries. Family members and others are not allowed to accompany the writers during the Fall Residency. The IWP welcomes nominees with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in the program. If you have any questions about a candidate’s qualifications, please visit the Fall Residency’s FAQ website or email apply.exchanges@gmail.com

The IWP is funded by The Cultural Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The funding covers participants` costs like international airfare, per diem, and other program costs.

Applications with attachments should be sent to apply.exchanges@gmail.com no later than March 5, 2024, 23:59 p.m. Moscow time.