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Making Art with Impact

In a world where many voices go unheard—how will you make yours stand out? And how will you help to effect change? Three international writers (a playwright, a prose writer, and a poet/mixed-genre writer) will work closely with students on how to use writing to impact your audience and the world around you.

Usman Ali (playwright; Pakistan) is an instrumental figure in theater in Pakistan. He founded the only theater in the city of Mandi Bahauddin and his plays have been widely studied throughout Pakistan, with three to be staged at the Royal Court Theater in England. Ali believes theater initiates important conversations within and about society.



Eman AlYousuf  م. إيمان اليوسف (fiction, journalism; United Arab Emirates) is a chemical engineer and award-winning writer. Her feminist short film Ghafa (which was screen at the 2017 Dubai International Film Festival) received criticism for addressing controversial topics. AlYousuf has stated that her role as a writer is to provoke readers to ask questions.









Roberto Echeto (poetry, prose; Venezuela) works in many mediums including visual art and radio in addition to writing. He is a founding member and teacher at the Instituto de Creatividad y Comunicación (Institute of Creativity and Communication) where he shares the talents that won him the mixed-media competition from Cultura Urbana.

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Instructor: University of Iowa International Writing Program

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 09/26/2018

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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University of Iowa International Writing Program

The INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM (IWP) is the oldest and largest multinational writing residency in the world. With a tradition of excellence that has continued for nearly five decades, the IWP annually brings outstanding authors from every continent to the University of Iowa, a major American research institution internationally renowned for its writing programs. Since 1967, over 1,400 writers from more than 190 nations have taken part in the Fall Residency. The goal of the IWP is to provide authors a one-of- a-kind inter-cultural opportunity and the time and space to write, read, translate, study, conduct research, travel, give readings, stage work, and become part of the vibrant literary and academic community at the university and in Iowa City, the only American city designated as a UNESCO City of Literature, in part because of the IWP’s presence.

For 2017, the IWP will bring together 35 of the world’s emerging and established writers to participate in the Fall Residency’s unique inter-cultural experience. Over the course of 11 weeks, aside from working on their own projects, writers will give readings and lectures that share their work and cultures, collaborate with artists from other genres and art forms, and travel and interact with American audiences and literary communities across the United States.

Esther DISCHEREIT (poet, novelist, essayist, stage and radio dramatist; Germany) has given lectures and readings around the world. Most recently she published Blumen für Otello. Über die Verbrechen von Jena [Flowers for Othello. On the Crimes of Jena] and edited Havel, Hunde, Katzen, Tulpen, Garz erzählt [Havel, Dogs, Cats, Tulips – Garz Talking]. Her work spans multiple genres and often reflects the post-Holocaust landscape in Germany, e.g. Joëmis Tisch [Joëmis Table] and Übungen jüdisch zu sein [Exercises in Being Jewish]. In 2009 Dischereit received the Erich Fried Prize. In 2017 she was a visiting professor at the University of Virginia; she teaches at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna. Her participation is made possible by the Max Kade Foundation.

Julienne VAN LOON (novelist, essayist; Australia) is a research fellow at non/fictionLab of RMIT University in Melbourne. She won the Australian/Vogel’s Award and in 2005 was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize First Book Award for Road Story. Her work, including the recent novel Harmless, has strong creative and cultural connection to Asia, particularly China. Her forthcoming collection The Thinking Woman includes interviews with leading women from across the globe. Her participation is made possible by the Paul and Hualing Engle Fund.

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