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International Center for Writing and Translation
University of California, Irvine
153 Krieger Hall
Irvine, California 92697-3375

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Message from the Director


The International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine fosters the study of writing and supports writing projects among faculty, students, and the broader public. The concept of “writing” supported by the center is capacious and includes various forms of literary and cultural communication. The center sponsors readings, conferences, and academic presentations that consider writing in various contexts throughout the world and in various US communities. The center also supports the work and study of translation, defined broadly to include not only the movement from one language to another but also the carrying of communication from one context or culture to another. Since its founding more than a decade ago, the center has awarded stipends and fellowships for faculty and graduate students at UC Irvine to carry out fiction and non-fiction writing projects and undertake academic research on questions related to writing, cross-cultural contact, and translation. Keeping in close contact with various writing programs and academic departments at UC Irvine, the ICWT cultivates an awareness of the international world of letters and steers research and creative activity in vital, new directions.

The following goals are integral to the general mission of the center:


  1. Support writers working in various languages and diverse genres, including fiction and creative non-fiction.
  2. Sponsor readings, conference, and public fora on writing and translation.
  3. Support activities of UCI faculty and students interested in the far-reaching themes of cultural literary and cross-cultural transposition.
  4. Build connections with the surrounding community and call attention to the international dimensions of cross-cultural communication.
  5. Foster research and discussion of the theory, practice, aesthetics, and politics of translation, broadly conceived.