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International Writers Center Archive

Identifier: MS-MS-ms059

The International Writers Center Archive consist of materials toward IWC conferences and programs presented or co-sponsored by the IWC including The Writer in Politics, The Writer and Religion, and The Dual Muse: The Writer as Artist, the Artist as Writer; materials towards the production of Literary St. Louis: A Guide; correspondence; journals including Accent, Black Warrior, Boulevard, Ascent, Kansas Quarterly, etc.; clipping binder of IWC activities; unsolicited manuscripts; organizational materials; and various ephemera.


  • Creation: 1990-2001


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Historical Information

The International Writers Center (IWC) was established at Washington University in October 1990 by William H. Gass “to build on the strengths of its resident and visiting faculty writers; to serve as a focal point for writing excellence in all disciplines and in all cultures; to be a directory for writers and writing programs at Washington University, in St. Louis, the United States and around the world; and to present the writer to the reader” (The Dual Muse: The Writer as Artist, the Artist as Writer). The IWC presented the International Writers Center Reading Series featuring writers such as David Foster Wallace, Michael Ondaatje, Ben Marcus, and Lydia Davis, published the St. Louis Literary Calendar, and hosted international conferences that generated the following books: The Writer in Politics (1992 conference), The Writer and Religion (1994 conference), and The Dual Muse: The Writer as Artist, the Artist as Writer (2 books; 1997 conference).  In addition, with the assistance of Associate Director Lorin Cuoco, the IWC produced Literary St. Louis: A Guide (2000). Gass retired from the IWC in 2001 and it was reimagined as The Center for the Humanities under the directorship of Gerald Early in 2003.

Source of Acquisition

Accession number 22923. Gift of Arts in Transit, August 24, 1998.

Accession number 22930. Gift of the International Writers Center, 1999.

Accession number 2012.017. Gift of the Center for Humanities, May 1, 2012.

Related Materials

See also MS051 William H. Gass Papers and MS152 Lorin Cuoco Papers

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  • 2021 April 29: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495