Call for Applications – 2019 International Writing Program Fall Residency

The Embassy of the United States of America to Mauritius and Seychelles is accepting applications for the 2019 Fall Residency with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

The deadline to submit application is April 3, 2019

Program Overview:

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 an 11-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.  The Residency supports U.S. foreign policy objectives to promote the freedom of expression and civil society development through individual mentoring, workshops, collaborations, and public presentations that foster respectful exchanges focused on a range of opinions, ideas, and approaches.

Participants in the IWP Fall Residency spend 11 weeks in Iowa City presenting their work to local audiences, working with students, and attending and teaching classes.  The program enables participants to present their countries’ literatures to U.S. audiences and to learn more about U.S. society and culture at the same time.  Additionally, participants 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:

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) expects to fund up to 15 writers in fiscal year 2019, including international airfare, per diem, and other program costs.  IWP and the corresponding regional bureau public diplomacy office, taking into account quality of writing, country prioritization, mission strategic objectives, and the justifications, will review nominations from the U.S. Embassy.

The University of Iowa plans to host the Residency from September 1 to November 17, 2019 (dates may still be subject to adjustments).

Click here for more details on the application process.