Study Fiction and Inclusion with Iowa’s International Writing Program

Iowa’s acclaimed International Writing Program is offering a new free online course focusing on fiction and inclusion.

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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A guest post by Vera Tobin, Case Western Reserve University

Recently I did something that many people would consider unthinkable, or at least perverse. Before going to see “Avengers: Infinity War,” I deliberately read a review that revealed all of the major plot points, from start to finish.

Don’t worry; I’m not going to share any of those spoilers here. Though I do think the aversion to spoilers – what The New York Times’ A.O. Scott recently lamented as “a phobic, hypersensitive taboo against public discussion of anything that happens onscreen” – is a bit overblown. View Post

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The Jan Michalski Foundation is inviting applications for its third annual writers’ residency program. The residencies take place at the foot of Switzerland’s Jura Mountains and the selected writers each live and work in modern treehouses.

Writers from around the world are invited to apply, and applications from new or emerging writers are welcome. In 2019, a percentage of the residences will be dedicated to nature writing. Residencies can run from between two weeks and six months, and the length of stay should match the scope of the project.

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Aftermath, a new publication dedicated high-quality fiction exploring the collapse of human civilisation, is inviting entries to its inaugural short story prize.

Aftermath’s focus on climate change and environmental disaster is unapologetically bleak: the editors believe that time is running out for humankind. Through this new venture, they hope to publish cautionary stories and raise the awareness of the dangers the planet is facing.

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A guest post by H. C. Gildfind

In the beginning…

Like most writers, I loved reading as a kid, and writing evolved from this as the prime means through which I understood and engaged with the world.

I pursued writing throughout secondary and tertiary education. These places gave me structure, peers, encouragement, feedback and – eventually – an income. Most importantly, these places taught me that writing is, first and last, very hard but very gratifying work.

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