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International Writing Program’s (IWP) Fall Residency

The Exchanges Office is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2018 International Writing Program’s (IWP) Fall Residency that will take place from August 18 – November 6, 2018.  The program will emphasize the freedom of expression and the vital role writers play in civil society.  Hosted by the University of Iowa, the Fall Residency brings together global writers for a multicultural forum where conversations, workshops, collaborations, and public presentation constantly embody an unrestricted, yet respectful flow of opinions, ideas, and information.  IWP was founded in 1967 and is the most prestigious program of its kind in the United States.  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.

Candidate’s Qualifications:

  •  The candidate should be primarily a writer of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, or screenplays. Literary translators, journalists, and biographers have also participated, but those candidates must display a comparable track record in one of the creative genres.
  • While nominations of writers who work in online mediums are welcome, such candidates, except in extraordinary cases, should also have at least one published volume of work or have works appearing in significant publications over a period of at least two years.
  • The candidate should have at least one published book or volume, or a sizable number of works in significant publications (anthologies, journals, literary magazines) over the last two years.
  • The candidate should also have earned form/s of national recognition for their literary work.
  •  The candidate must have a facility in speaking English sufficient to meet the visa requirement and to benefit from a 12-week writing residency where intensive discussion of literary and cultural issues forms a vital part of the experience.
  • Candidate must be adult between the age of 21 and 65.
  • The candidate must also be comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics and interested in close interaction with artists from diverse cultures and backgrounds through numerous IWP-led outreach and engagement events.
  • The candidate should not be a resident of, nor currently residing in, the United States. Priority is given to writers who have not had extended periods of time in the U.S.
  • Family members and others are not allowed to accompany the writers during the Fall Residency.
  •  The IWP will keep ten to fifteen pages of participating writers’ work in the original language and a translation of the work in English posted on its web site (http://iwp.uiowa.edu<http://iwp.uiowa.edu/>) for use in classes, readings, or as potentially publishable material, given the translator’s permission. The IWP’s website will also feature participating writer bios and photographs.

We appreciate your assistance in identifying a qualified candidate.

Please submit to Maxwell Harrington (HarringtonMS@state.gov<mailto:HarringtonMS@state.gov>) and Shita Dewi (dewisn@state.gov<mailto:dewisn@state.gov>) by Wednesday, April 4, 2018 the following nomination requirements:

  • Application form (as attached). Please feel free to have the writer complete the attached form personally.
  • 10 to 15 pages of work in both the original language and as translated into English that gives a good sense of the writer’s strengths and style. Should include the name and title of the professional translator.

  • A literature-based CV or resume.

  • Justification related to the nominee’s writing career or status describing how the nominee will benefit from IWP participation.

  • Scanned copy (pages 2/3 and 4/5) of valid passport.

Post submissions will ultimately be reviewed by ECA and IWP in coordination with the corresponding regional bureau public diplomacy office, taking into account country prioritization, mission strategic objectives, and post’s justification.

More info on IWP at: https://iwp.uiowa.edu/

Should you have any questions concerning these programs, please contact Maxwell Harrington or Shita Dewi at tel. (021) 3435-9651 or fax (021) 352-0144.

Best regards,

Maxwell S. Harrington

Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Jakarta

Office: +62-21-34359522 – Mobile/WhatsApp: +62-813-14859505

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