Brown University is committed to contributing to a more just and peaceful world through teaching, research and service, and to advancing academic excellence by bringing to Brown exceptional scholars with a range of experiences and perspectives. The International Writers Project supports these objectives by providing fellowships to writers who face personal danger and threats to their livelihood in nations around the world. Through the program, one writer per year is supported in residency and is provided with the essential institutional, intellectual, artistic and social support needed to do their work. 

Founded originally as the Freedom to Write project, IWP has been in existence since 1989, bringing to Brown writers from around the globe under threat of persecution for practicing their craft. 


The Brown International Writers Project is currently seeking nominations and applications for its one-year fellowship with residency. The application/nomination period for the 2020-21 fellowship is December 15 (2019)--March 1 (2020). 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 2017-18 International Writers Project Fellow is Cuban poet, fiction writer and journalist Jorge Olivera Castillo of Cuba.