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International Writing Program (IWP) 2022
February 10, 2022

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The U.S. Embassy in Argentina is currently accepting applications from rising literary stars for the International Writing Program (IWP), to take place at the University of Iowa from late August or early September to mid- or late November 2022 (specific dates to be announced at a later date). The Embassy will accept applications until Monday, March 14, 2022 at ExchangesBA@state.gov; the subject line of the email should specify “International Writing Program.” Applications must include an updated literary-based CV or resume in English (including contact information for the applicant), and 10 to 15 pages of written work in both the original language and an English literary translation that give a good sense of the writer’s strengths and style.

The U.S. Embassy will contact only those candidates pre-selected for an interview by April 8, 2022.

The U.S. Embassy will consider only applications from candidates who reside in Argentina, and are not citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States.

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 U.S. Department of State funds all participation expenses for selected candidates, including airfare, lodging, visa fees, per diem and health insurance.

Program dates and/or format may vary and/or incorporate virtual portions depending on the evolution of the current public health situation.

For more information about this program, please visit this page.