International Writing Program


Program Details

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs collaborates annually with the University of Iowa to bring together international established and emerging creative writers to the United States to participate in the International Writing Program (IWP) in Iowa City, Iowa. IWP is one of the most renowned global forums bringing together rising literary stars, including screenwriters, multi-media platform writers and influential opinion leaders to participate in a 12-week residency program.

Candidates must be fluent in English, comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics and interested in interacting with other artists from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Except under exceptional circumstances, candidates should have published at least one volume of work or professional script credit, or authored works that have appeared in significant publications or attracted significant audiences over the last two years. Poets, fiction writers, dramatists, and screenwriters are eligible. Writers whose publications and careers are based on literary translation and creative non-fiction (e.g. journalism, cultural commentary, biography and memories) will be evaluated mainly for their work in one creative genre. Selected participants must attend the full 12 week program in the United States.  No absences, late starts/early departures are permitted. Due to housing limitations and the intense nature of this program, family members are not permitted to accompany the writers during the course of the residency.

The Embassy nominates Argentine candidates for IWP on a yearly basis. The call for applications is typically open in February / March.