Thursday, February 2, 2012

Calling for applications for Iowa International Writing Program

Creative New Zealand is currently calling for applications for the University of Iowa International Writing Program, which involves a three-month residency for a New Zealand writer, who will get to be part of an international programme that has hosted 1,400 writers from 140 countries over the past 45 years.

Given we have some terrific crime writers here in New Zealand, I thought I would share this news here - because there is no reason (as far as I'm aware) that they couldn't apply for the programme too. It looks like a wonderful opportunity. As I noted earlier this week, Eleanor Catton (whose second novel is something of an historical murder mystery), has attended.

Here's a press release (hat tip to Bookman Beattie for the heads-up).

Calling for applications for Iowa International Writing Program

Creative New Zealand is calling for applications from New Zealand fiction and non-fiction writers, poets and playwrights to take part in the renowned University of Iowa International Writing Program in the United States.The result of a 20-year partnership between Creative New Zealand and the university, the three-month residency is an opportunity for writers to participate in a programme which has hosted more than 1400 writers from a 140 countries since its inception in 1967.

Emerging or established writers, with a publishing track record, will have time to work on an approved project and take part in literary activities, field trips and excursions with other writers from all over the world. New Zealand’s 2010 recipient writer David Hill described the programme as a “writer’s paradise”. “For three months I was able to write in a state of financial security, intellectual stimulation and professional collegiality.”

The residency includes travel costs, accommodation, a stipend and is supported by Creative New Zealand. It will run from late August to mid-November, 2012 and the recipient will be expected to have completed, or substantially completed, a body of writing.The deadline for applications is Friday 9 March 2012.

To find out more about how to apply please go to our website or to forward to potential applicants click on the ‘Pass it on’ link on the right hand tool bar. About the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.

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