What is Seoul International Writers’ Festival?
SIWF is a literary event hosted by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, which invites writers from Korea and around the world and celebrates sharing and exchange through literature. Held biennially in the last week of September, SIWF brings writers together in discussions of each other’s work, readings, and a varied program of cultural events that celebrates literature across the boundaries of genre and country. History of SWIF
- 2006 Seoul Young Writers’ Festival: Started with the aim of creating a friendly venue for communication among writers worldwide and of sharing Korean literature with the world, the first SIWF was held in Seoul and Yeongju area from May 8th to 13th, 2006. We invited 36 young writers from around the globe (20 Korean writers and 16 international writers) who commanded new visions and created new voices in literature.
- 2008 Seoul Young Writers’ Festival: The second festival was held in Seoul and Yeongju/Andong area from May 18th to May 24th, 2008 under the theme “Communication + Inspiration.” Living out the festival’s concept of “Young Writers,” 40 young writers (20 Korean writers and 20 international writers) under the age of 45 gathered in Hongdae Street, the center of youth culture in Seoul.
- 2010 Seoul International Writers’s Festival: Under the theme “Fantasy + Empathy,” the 3rd SIWF was held in the Literature House Seoul and Jeonju Hanok Village from May 10th to 14th, 2010. 24 writers from around the globe (12 Korean writers and 12 international writers) gathered together to give public readings and to participate in the free talk session, in which they conversed about “fantasy in my literary works.”
- 2012 Seoul International Writers’s Festival: 2012 SIWF was held from October 29th to November 2nd in the beautiful Jeju Island and Daehak-ro area, one of the main cultural districts in Seoul, under
the theme “Reality + Imagination.” Overall 20 writers (10 Korean writers and 10 international writers) were invited to the festival to talk about reality and imagination in their literary works, and through public reading session they had the chance to interact with readers in Korea.
- 2014 Seoul International Writers’ Festival
***All events are free and open to public. You can make free reservations for each day’s reading session. The 2014 Seoul International Writers’ Festival will be held in Bukchon, the heart of Old Seoul. Here is the maps and directions;
Free Talks; at W Stage World Culture Open: http://wcoseoul.org/xe/where