The International Writers Project at Brown University, designed in partnership between Brown's Department of Literary Arts and the Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies and funded in part through a grant from the William H. Donner Foundation, provides institutional, intellectual, artistic and social support to writers who face personal danger and threats to their livelihood in nations throughout the world. While writers-at-risk remain at the heart of the project, writing is being defined with increasing liberality.
Each academic year, the Project sponsors a resident fellowship for one writer who feels unable to practice free expression at home. The Project is a fully funded year-long residency in Providence.
Fellowships cover the costs of relocation and the writer's expenses in the U.S., and provide an office on the campus of Brown University for ten months. Deeply practical in nature and intention, the International Writers Fellowships allow persecuted writers to establish a new environment in which to pursue their work.
In addition to providing support for the writer-in-residence, Brown's International Writers Project sponsors festivals celebrating the cultural heritage of each Fellow, including guest speakers, readings and workshops by other writers, panels on current international issues, films and theatrical productions, and art exhibits with a shared national or cultural theme. Every year, the Project sponsors a speaker series featuring significant writers from around the world.
Applying to IWP
The Brown International Writers Project is currently seeking nominations and applications for its one-year fellowship with residency. The Fellowship is designed to provide sanctuary and support for established creative writers – fiction writers, playwrights, and poets – who are persecuted in their home countries or are actively prevented from pursuing free expression in their literary art. The Fellow will be a member of a supportive community that includes faculty members and graduate students in Brown's Department of Literary Arts and the Watson Institute for International Studies, co-sponsors of the Project. The fellowship will be accompanied by a series of lectures, readings and other events that highlight the national artistic and political culture of the writer and address the global issues of human rights and free expression. It will include a stipend, relocation funds, and health benefits. Brown will aid the writer in the visa and relocation process and provide administrative support, equipment and office space on the Brown campus in Providence, Rhode Island.
To apply or to nominate a candidate, send a letter, providing publishing history and explaining need, together with a resume, and if available, a writing sample (preferably in English) of creative work by the candidate to Literary Arts, Box 1923, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Supporting letters from others would be helpful. The application/nomination deadline for the next Fellowship is February 15, 2012.