The 2020 International Writer’s Program – Fall Residency

March 17, 2020 
Public Affairs Section 
U.S. Embassy Mongolia 

Call for Applications: PAS-Ulaanbaatar-013/FY2020 
The 2020 International Writer’s Program – Fall Residency 

The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of American is accepting applications for the 2020 International Writer’s Program (IWP) – Fall Residency.  The IWP Fall Residency is scheduled to take place at the University of Iowa from August 30 to November 17, 2020 (dates may be subject to change) and is designated for established and emerging writers of fiction, graphic novels, drama, poetry, and screenplays.   

The IWP Fall Residency brings together globally recognized writers and up-and-coming literary creators in all genres for a multicultural exchange designed to help participants hone their writing skills, participate in group projects, teach, and collaborate on in-depth outreach events with U.S. communities, organizations, and businesses.  The Residency supports U.S. foreign policy objectives to promote the freedom of expression and civil society development through individual mentoring, workshops, collaborations, and public presentations that foster respectful exchanges focused on a range of opinions, ideas, and approaches. 

Participants in the IWP Fall Residency spend 12 weeks in Iowa City presenting their work to local audiences, working with students, and attending and teaching classes.  The program enables participants to present their countries’ literature to U.S. audiences and to learn more about U.S. society and culture at the same time.  Additionally, participants develop their professional skills, become familiar with the U.S. publishing industry, and experience U.S. volunteerism and its central role in American society.  Further details, please visit https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/iwp and https://iwp.uiowa.edu/residency 

To qualify, the applicant must: 

·         Be a Mongolian citizen between the ages of 21 and 65, currently residing in Mongolia;
·         Be primarily a writer of fiction, graphic novels, drama, poetry, and/or screenplays;
·         Have a significant publication record; at least one professionally published book, screenplay, or play, or a record of publishing regularly over the previous two years in traditional or online media;
·         Have earned national recognition for their literary work;
·         Be fluent in English; 
·         Be comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics, and eager to engage with other writers from diverse cultures;
·         Be able to travel to the United States and stay for the full 12 weeks;

The working language of the program is English, and candidates are expected to be proficient speakers of English.  Candidates need not write in English; the program provides translation for their creative work as needed.  Family members and others are not allowed to accompany the writers during the Fall Residency.  The IWP welcomes nominees with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in the program.  

A complete application will include: 

1.       Completed Application Form (.DOC 120 KB);
2.       A Literary-based Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English;
3.       10-15 pages writing sample in English (original or translated) from a published work; 

Complete applications must be submitted to exchange@usembassy.mn by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 7, 2020 at the latest. 

Any inquiries about the program will not be answered via phone. Please direct all inquiries to exchange@usembassy.mn.