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Oct. 13, 2005

On Oct. 26, IWP Participants Identify Their Writing Goals And Methods

A panel of writers in residence at the University of Iowa International Writing Program will discuss "Why I Write What I Write, and How I Write It" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Meeting Room A in the Iowa City Public Library.

Participants will include Ameena Hussein from Sri Lanka, Lidija Dimkovska from Macedonia and Sandra Sodhy from Malaysia. 

Biographies of the writers are accessible at www.uiowa.edu/~iwp/WRIT/WRITmain.html.

Through the IWP, 35 writers from 28 countries will be members of the UI community through mid-November. The IWP introduces talented writers to American life; enables them to take part in American university life; and provides them with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. Since 1967, more a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have attended the IWP, including poets, fiction writers, dramatists, screenwriters and non-fiction writers.

The IWP, which functions as a United Nations of writers, stresses the common interests of writers everywhere, in an atmosphere that puts political differences into perspective. For writers who live under repressive regimes, the IWP has provided an unprecedented opportunity to write, speak and interact freely.

The IWP is staffed and housed by the UI. IWP writers are financed through bilateral agreements with numerous countries; by grants given by cultural institutions and governments abroad; and by private funds that are donated by a variety of American corporations, foundations and individuals. The activities of the IWP are assisted financially by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended.

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