The International Writing Program (IWP) brings to The University of Iowa outstanding authors from every continent. In fall 2009, 36 writers from 32 countries gathered in Iowa City to work on their own projects, to give readings and lectures, to travel in the United States, and to interact with American audiences and the literary community. IWP is the oldest and largest multinational writing residency in the world, with a tradition of literary excellence that has continued for more than four decades.
Since 1967, IWP has brought over 1,200 writers from 120 nations to this country. The goal of the IWP is to provide authors with time and space to write, read, translate, study, conduct research, travel, give readings, stage work, and become part of the community at the UI.
IWP provides the setting for cultural exchange and arranges opportunities for the writers’ participation in the academic life of a major American research university situated within the vibrant literary community of Iowa City. IWP writers share their literary cultures with others and establish contacts with the larger American publishing scene. For many of the participants, the IWP residency is their first stay in the United States.