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UI writers-in-residence available for writing workshops in libraries, senior centers

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Public libraries and senior centers in Iowa are invited to participate in a University of Iowa outreach program, "Seeing Through a Writer's Eyes: Seeing as the Writer Sees" that brings international writers to communities throughout the state.

UI International Programs is hosting two international writers this spring -- Alexei Varlamov from Russia and Steve Sharra from Malawi, a small country in Southeast Africa -- who are responsible for conducting a series of workshops and lectures for libraries and senior centers across the state.

The writers are available to lead workshops on a variety of topics including The Art of Storytelling, How to Write a Children's Story, Writing Dreams, Life and Culture in Malawi or Russia, and The Author's Public and Private Selves. Other presentations can be prepared as requested. Sharra will be in Iowa through May, and Varlamov will be in Iowa through mid-June. The writers were chosen from among 30 participants in the UI International Writing Program last fall.

Both Sharra and Varlamov are fiction writers. Sharra has a particular interest in children's fiction, and he has published a prize-winning children's novel that is being used in schools all over Malawi. Sharra also has experience as a primary-school teacher and is interested in working with children to help them explore creative writing. Varlamov is an assistant professor of Russian Literature at Moscow State University; his books and short stories have won acclaim in Russian literary circles.

In past years presentations have been given at public libraries and senior centers in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Humboldt, Newton, Tipton, Webster City, as well as other towns statewide.

The Writer-In-Residence Program is funded by the Iowa Humanities Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant, the Stanley-University of Iowa Foundation Support Organization, and UI International Programs.

For more information, call Carol Galbraith at the UI International Center, (319) 335-1433 or email