International Writers Workshop (IWP)

International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency at The University of Iowa

The U.S. Embassy in Mozambique is currently accepting applications for the 2018 International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency at the University of Iowa. The IWP was founded in 1967 and is the most prestigious program of its kind in the United States, bringing together rising literary stars, including screenwriters, poets, fiction writers, dramatists, and non-fiction writers,  to participate in a 12-week residency program.  The University of Iowa is also home to the world-renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and in 2008 Iowa City was designated the first UNESCO City of Literature in the United States.

Program Description

The IWP Fall Residency convenes emerging and recognized writers from around the world for an intensive 12-week program designed to spur creativity, support professional development, and promote freedom of expression.  The 2018 Fall Residency is scheduled to take place from August 18-November 6 at the University of Iowa.  In addition to the Fall Residency, the IWP also hosts a range of in-person and distance learning opportunities.  Additional details are available on the IWP website:

Eligibility Criteria

The IWP Fall Residency is open to established and emerging writers from any country working primarily in the genres of fiction, creative non-fiction, screenwriting, drama, and poetry. Candidates must:

  • except in extraordinary cases, have at least one published volume of work or have works appearing in significant publications over a period of at least two years
  • be fluent in English
  • be comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics and eager to engage with other writers from diverse cultures
  • be adults between the age of 21 and 65
  • be non U.S. citizens who are able to travel to the United States
  • and be able to stay for the full 12 weeks.

Family members and others are not allowed to accompany the writers during the Fall Residency.

Application Process

Application Deadline:  March 29, 2018

A complete application package will include:

  • IWP Application Form (PDF 219 KB)
  • Detailed literary CV
  • 5-10 page writing sample in English (original or translated). Sample must come from a published work.

Applications should be sent to, with “International Writing Program” in the subject line. Selected applicants will be contacted for interview in early April. Other applicants will not be contacted.

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