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Starting in May, Iowa’s acclaimed International Writing Program is offering two new free online courses. Both will explore writing about identities, communities, and social issues.

The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa is a “unique conduit for the world’s literatures, connecting well-established writers from around the globe”,  Its principal program is its Fall Residency; since 1967 over fourteen hundred writers from more than 150 countries have participated.

In 2014 the International Writing Program offered its first MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). These courses, funded by the University of Iowa and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, welcome all participants; no application is required and there is no charge for enrollment. In its first year alone, 15,789 readers and writers from around the world participated in these online courses.

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Study Storied Women with Iowa’s International Writing Program

This October the University of Iowa’s acclaimed International Writing Program is offering a new free online course.

The course, How Writers Write Fiction 2016: Storied Women, will focus on female authorial voices and female literary characters. Through class videos, readings and writing assignments participants will be invited to experiment with the creation of fictional characters, scenes and stories.

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Start Writing Fiction is a free online course offered by The Open University. The eight-week program focuses on a skill which is central to the writing of all stories and novels – creating characters.

Participants will hear from a number of successful authors, including Michele Roberts, Alex Garland, and Louis de Bernieres, as they talk about how they started writing. The rituals of writing and the importance of keeping a journal will also be explored.

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6 Steps to a Successful Writing Habit with Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy is a British-American author and screenwriter. He has written seven books including Love Begins in Winter, winner of the prestigious Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

Simon is currently teaching The Writer’s Toolkit: 6 Steps to a Successful Writing Habit, a new online, self-paced Skillshare class that aims to help participants create a daily writing routine and provides new skills for gathering and acting on inspiration.

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Storytelling Fundamentals with Daniel Jose Older

Learn about character, conflict, context and craft with a New York Times Bestselling Author

There are lots of reasons to like Daniel José Older, not least of which being not least of which being that he started a petition to change the World Fantasy Award statuette from a bust of H. P. Lovecraft to one of Octavia Butler.

Up until 2014 Older was working as a paramedic in New York City. While he had published many essays and stories up until this point, Older’s life changed dramatically in January 2015 when Penguin Books published his debut urban fantasy novel Half-Resurrection Blues (the first installment in the Bone Street Rumba series). Within a matter of weeks the film and television rights to the series were optioned by Roaring Virgina production company owned by Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose.

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Study Writing and War with Iowa’s International Writing Program

The University of Iowa’s acclaimed International Writing Program is offering a new free online course this July.

Open to all who are interested in the topic, Whitman’s Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster will explore how writing and image can be used to examine war, conflict, trauma, disaster, and reconciliation — in Walt Whitman’s time and today.

Classes will be led by Ed Folsom, a Whitman scholar and University of Iowa Roy J. Carver Professor of English, and Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program and a University of Iowa Professor of English.

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Emily Gould

Emily Gould is a novelist, essayist and bookseller. Based in New York City, she is the co-owner of independent e-bookstore Emily Books and a former co-editor at

Emily has launched a new online, self-paced Skillshare class that features a 10-day creative writing challenge aimed at helping you unlock your creativity and kickstart a daily writing habit.

Enrolment is the class is FREE for a limited time via this link. The offer expires at 11.59pm on Tuesday 12 April, American Eastern Standard Time.

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