The International Writing Program (IWP) is set to be held at the University of Iowa again this fall. Many prominent Arab authors have participated in past IWPs, including Palestinian poet and Beirut39 laureate Najwan Darwish, Egyptian novelist and blogger Ghada Abdel-Aal, Egyptian novelist Khaled al-Berry (shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction), Kuwaiti author Taleb al-Refai, celebrated Syrian novelist Nihad Sirees, and Saudi Beirut39 laureate Abdullah Thabit:
You could go to the next IWP: It’s scheduled to take place at the University of Iowa this year from August 24 – Nov 12, and is for established and emerging creative writers who have published at least one book or whose work has appeared in significant publications over the past two years. They also must possess sufficient proficiency in English to benefit from the experience.
The 2013 program will feature increased opportunities for writers to participate in cross-discipline collaborative projects, including with theater and dance. Further details about the program are available on the IWP website
– Poets, fiction writers, dramatists, and screenwriters, literary translators and writers whose publications and
careers focus on creative non-fiction (feature journalism, cultural commentary, biography, and memoirs)
– Candidates should have at least one published volume of work, or works that have appeared in significant
publications over a period of at least two years.
– Candidates should be fluent in English.
These application instructions are Egypt-specific, but I imagine, in other countries, it’s much the same?
Completed applications must include:
– A curriculum vitae (C.V.) – 10-15 page writing sample in English or English translation. – Copy of Egyptian National ID and/or passport
– One page statement of interest (in English) addressing the following:
1) Why are you interested in participating in the program?
2) What do you anticipate to gain from the experience and how would it contribute to the fulfillment of your
3) How might you share this experience with others in Egypt both in your work and community?