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Oct. 16, 2003

Photo (from left): BriBosnian poet Mirsad Sijaric, Japanese novelist Minae Mizumura, Chinese novelist Yu Hua, Korean fiction writer Kim Young-Ha and Ukranian poet and fiction writer Yevgeniya Kononenko.

IWP Writers Discuss Literary Motivations In Oct. 29 Panel

Foreign writers participating in the International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa will present "Why I Write What I Write: II," a free panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 in the Iowa City Public Library.

Brief prepared presentations will be offered by Bosnian poet Mirsad Sijaric, Japanese novelist Minae Mizumura, Chinese novelist Yu Hua, Korean fiction writer Kim Young-Ha and Ukranian poet and fiction writer Yevgeniya Kononenko. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

"Why I Write What I Write" has been a regular topic for IWP panels over the years, and this is the second 2003 panel to address the question. The writers will address topics including the choice to become a writer, the choice of styles and genres, and the influences on choices of subject matter.

The IWP is a unique residency program that brings together established writers from around the world. Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers' residency at a university, and it remains unique in world. This year, 25 writers from 21 countries are participating in the program.

Biographies of the participating writers-in-residence are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp/WRIT/WRITmain.html. The texts of the prepared presentations of the IWP panels will be mounted on the website.

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