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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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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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The University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing is offering a free, online course focused on screenwriting.

Starting on Monday 2 May, this course is for anyone new to scriptwriting and for more experienced writers who wish to raise their scriptwriting to a professional level: “It will establish a common vocabulary for approaching the screenplay and form the basis for upcoming courses in dramatic adaptation, the crime screenplay, and other genres and skills.”

The course is led by Michael Lengsfield. A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program, Michael has written scripts for The Walt Disney Company, Harpo Entertainment and others, and his work has screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

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The University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing is offering a free, online course focused on screenwriting.

Starting on Monday 29 February, this course  is for anyone new to scriptwriting and for more experienced writers who wish to raise their scriptwriting to a professional level: “It will establish a common vocabulary for approaching the screenplay and form the basis for upcoming courses in dramatic adaptation, the crime screenplay, and other genres and skills.”

The course is led by Michael Lengsfield. A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program, Michael has written scripts for The Walt Disney Company, Harpo Entertainment and others, and his work has screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

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How Writers Write Fiction

In February of this year, the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program ran its first massive open online course (MOOC). The course, Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, ran for six weeks with around 2000 students from around the world signing up. Starting on 27 September, interested word lovers can participate in the program’s latest MOOC – How Writers Write Fiction: Talks on Craft and Commitment.

The course will run until 8 November and intends to be an interactive study of the practice of creating writing. The program will be coordinated by Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program, and will feature a curated collection of talks created by fifty authors of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and literary translation. This will be complemented by online discussions, writing assignments and practical workshops.

In the Daily Iowan Merrill explained that “Anybody who has access to the Internet has the chance to hear really superb writers, and artists, and thinkers talk about what they love, and I think that’s a great boon for the writing and educational enterprise.”

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