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Oct. 1, 2003

IWP Writers Explain Why They Write What They Write In Oct. 15 Panel

Foreign writers participating in the International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa will discuss "Why I Write What I Write" in a free panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the Iowa City Public Library.

Brief prepared presentations will be offered by poet Barolong Seboni from Botswana, Hungarian poet and fiction writer Gabor T. Szanto, Chilean fiction writer and journalist Alejandra Costamanga and Mongolian poet and scholar L. Dashnyam. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

"Why I Write What I Write" has been a regular topic for IWP panels over the years. The writers will address topics including the choice to become a writer, the choice of styles and genres, and the influences on choices of subject matter.

The IWP is a unique residency program that brings together established writers from around the world. Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers' residency at a university, and it remains unique in the world. This year 25 writers from 21 countries are participating in the program.

Biographies of the participating writers-in-residence are available at The texts of the prepared presentations of the IWP panels will be mounted on the website.

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