This Friday: Writers in residence at the UI’s International Writing Program reflect on their time in Iowa

IWP's Heekyung Eun
South Korea’s Heekyung Eun, winner of the Korean Literature Award in 2008, is one of this year’s participating writers. — photo courtesy of the International Writing Program

Writers in residence at the UI’s International Writing Program (IWP) will speak about their three-month stay in Iowa City this Friday, Oct. 31 at an event entitled, “What We Saw: Images of America Through the IWP Fall Residency,” set for 12 p.m at the Iowa City Public Library’s Meeting Room A.

The IWP Residency Program connects writers from around the world by bringing 25-35 international authors to the University of Iowa from late August through mid-November. Writers of poetry, fiction, drama and non-fiction are all welcomed. The program provides international writers with the chance to engage with Iowa City’s literature scene and experience American ‘university life’ for about a semester’s worth of time.

During their time in Iowa City, writers work on their personal projects, present readings and lectures, and share their individual literary cultures with one another.

Each year, toward the end of the writers’ residencies, a “What We Saw” event is held for the participants in the program to reflect on their time at Iowa. This year, writers will present their stories and reflections of their experiences through a slideshow of images that they feel capture their overall experience with the program.

An open Q&A will take place following the writers’ presentations.

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