Study Writing and the Natural World with Iowa’s International Writing Program

Writing and the Natural World

Iowa’s acclaimed International Writing Program is offering a new free online course focusing on writing and the natural world.

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.

This November the International Writing Program is offering new free online course. No experience is necessary and the course is open to all writers at all levels.

Stories of Place: Writing and the Natural World
15 November – 31 December 2018

You as participants will work with some of the many possible types of creative non-fiction, ranging from essays, science journalism, travel narratives, and speculative portrayals of the natural future. And as writers you will work with ways to portray truth and fact, whether it involves telling stories about the local, the global, the invisible, the beautiful, or the uncertain.

The course content includes writers who are both native and non-native English speakers, and we welcome those of you who are working on your own English language skills. Reading and listening to writers from a variety of backgrounds, and locating your own voice and experience through the writing of stories are strong language practice techniques

Sessions run from Thursday 15 November to Monday 31 December, but the course site will remain open until mid March. You may take the course at your own pace during that window of time.

For further information and to enrol visit the University of Iowa website.