International Writing Program

The UI International Writing Program (IWP) is a unique conduit for the world’s literatures, connecting well-established writers from around the globe, bringing international literature into classrooms, introducing American writers to other cultures through reading tours, and serving as a clearinghouse for literary news and a wealth of archival and pedagogical materials. The Residency, which runs from runs from late August to mid-November, is designed for established and emerging creative writers — poets, fiction writers, dramatists, and non-fiction writers. Meeting over the noon hour on Fridays in September and October, The IWP series at ICPL provides an opportunity for the community to meet and converse with writers from around the world who are Writers in Residence at the University of Iowa International Writing Program. The series is sponsored by The UI International Writing Program and The Iowa City Public Library.

Upcoming events

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A

A person’s body affects the way they navigate the world, and their experiences in it. How much power does a body (pertaining for instance to race, gender, sexuality, physical ability) have over (or in) an artist’s work? And, with what means can a...

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A

By definition, being a writer depends on having speech be free. Yet freedom of speech is understood and valued very differently across historical moments, cultures, and contexts; the concept of “hate speech” stands in sharp contradiction to that...

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A

As metaphor and as reality, in our ever-more-hybrid world, translation and polylinguality are now ubiquitous. Languages live side by side, commingle, influence each other. New words, accents, grammars, forms of data, are surging everywhere. A...

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Writers often create characters different from themselves in one way or another. When such a character “belongs” to a distinct, recognizable group—perhaps a minority—challenges may arise. What—if any—is the writer’s responsibility toward...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Tell us about how inspiration, travel-induced anxiety, or memories made on-the-go influence your writing. What persona emerges as your daily routines disappear? And, how does this inform you as a writer.

The International Authors series...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A

Join us for an open panel in which any and all writers will have a chance to offer brief personal comments about their time in Iowa.

The International Authors series provides an opportunity for the community to meet and converse with...