In partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the International Writing Program has long participated in cultural diplomacy by a variety of means and media. The map below shows outreach through travel (“Lines & Spaces: Reading Tours”), through writers debating shared cultural concerns (“International Conferences“), through on-line instruction (“Distance Learning”; a stand-alone map of IWP’s global MOOC program is forthcoming), or through special regional programming (“Silk Routes”).
Since 2007 IWP has been organizing ‘Lines & Spaces,‘ a program of reading tours to countries or regions with a relatively sparse history of literary liaisons with the contemporary United States. The aim of a reading tour is two-fold: to introduce important American writers to a new and distinct literary-cultural landscape, and to create opportunities for colleagues and students there to meet with a group of distinguished representatives of the current American literary scene. A tour usually involves public readings, visits to universities and literary institutions, encounters with cultural personalities and media, and visits to places and events that increase our understanding of the historical and current affairs of the region.