Bilal Tanweer, Karachi-based writer and alumnus of both the Fulbright Program and the International Writing Program, shares his thoughts about his U.S. exchange--and how writers engage the questions and issues of our time. "Both of these experiences were incredibly enriching," Tanweer says. "The opportunity opened all doors for me... it helped me find ways to think about the reality we inhabit." His debut novel "The Scatter Here is Too Great," was published by Random House in December 2013. Learn more about the U.S. Department of State's International Writing Program at exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/international-writing-program-fall-residency.