#Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC

#Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC

March 30-May 3, 2016: The IWP will offer its first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) designed exclusively for teenage students. Writers age 13-19 are invited to write new poems and to share and discuss their work with fellow writers around the world. No writing experience is necessary: this MOOC will welcome new writers and challenge experienced poets. This MOOC will be taught here on NovoEd, a website for creative collaborative learning. Registration is free!

Early college credit opportunity

Students who complete this #Flashwrite MOOC may continue on to take an optional #Flashwrite Workshop for University of Iowa undergraduate credit. For more information, please see #Flashwrite Teen Poetry Workshops below.

What does a creative writing MOOC for teenage writers look like?

Take a tour! You can explore our MOOC Demo Site here: novoed.com/iowa-sandbox/home. Sign in with the guest email address moocdemosite@gmail.com, and the password moocuser

MOOC Information

MOOC Information for Students

  • Learn craft elements of poetry from MOOC Instructor Daniel Khalastchi, Associate Director of the Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing at the University of Iowa and author of the poetry collections Manoleria and Tradition
  • Work with a teaching team comprised of graduates of the Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • Write new poems
  • Share and discuss your poems with fellow writers around the world
  • Experience the University of Iowa's creative writing community
  • By completing the MOOC, earn a free Statement of Accomplishment from the University of Iowa
  • After completing the MOOC, you may enroll in an optional four-week workshop and earn an undergraduate credit from the University of Iowa

MOOC Information for Teachers

  • Teachers are welcome to audit this MOOC
  • Bring a global poetry community into your classroom
  • Utilize the course structure and materials to satisfy Common Core standards
  • Build local and international connections with fellow creative writing and English teachers
  • Support your students in pursuing optional university credit through the University of Iowa's Department of English

MOOC Instructor Daniel Khalastchi

Daniel Khalastchi is Associate Director of the University of Iowa’s Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he is the author of two books of poetry, Manoleria and Tradition. His poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including Colorado Review, Fence, H_NGM_N, Iowa Review, jubilat, Mississippi Review, The Rumpus, and Best American Experimental Writing 2014. Daniel has taught advanced writing and literature courses at Augustana College and Marquette University. He is the co-founder and managing editor of Rescue Press.

#Flashwrite Teen Poetry Workshops

Would you like to earn university credit early?

May 16-June 13, 2016: Students who complete the #Flashwrite MOOC may enroll in an optional University of Iowa #Flashwrite Teen Poetry Workshop for one university credit. Each online workshop will be taught by a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop with a substantial teaching and publication record and will be limited to 15 students. Enrollment requirements: completion of the #Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC and payment of a $398 USD tuition fee.

Workshop Information

How can you earn credit?

When the #Flashwrite MOOC begins on March 30, you must complete all of the course requirements. Course requirements include watching short video classes, reading poems, writing poems, discussing poetry with the teaching team, and giving peer feedback on other students' poems. When the #Flashwrite MOOC ends on May 2, you will have a portfolio of new poetry.

When the #Flashwrite Workshops begin on May 16, your work will begin with the revision of your portfolio and continue on to writing new poetry. Your instructor will hold workshops of your and your fellow students' work every week. When your #Flashwrite Workshop ends on June 13, you will have a revised and expanded portfolio of poetry, including one "masterpiece" poem. You will receive a final critique of your masterpiece poem from your instructor and one undergraduate credit from the University of Iowa. This credit is transferable to most liberal arts undergraduate university programs in the United States.

Are you eligible to earn credit?

The #Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC and the #Flashwrite Teen Poetry Workshop will be taught in English. To complete the MOOC and the Workshop to earn University of Iowa undergraduate credit, you must be sufficiently fluent in English to fully engage with the course materials, complete writing assignments, and participate in written discussions with fellow students and with the teaching team.

This opportunity to earn credit is available to teenagers who have not yet embarked on higher education. Students who have attended or are attending a four-year college or university are not eligible. If you are enrolled in a school system (not a college or university), you are eligible. If you are homeschooled or enrolled in a community college, you are eligible. If you have left school but have not yet entered a four-year college or university, you are eligible.

Registration Information

MOOC Registration for Students

To sign up for the #Flashwrite MOOC, fill out the MOOC registration form on the NovoEd website. Registration is free. The MOOC begins on March 30!

Workshop Registration for Students

To sign up for the optional #Flashwrite Workshop for university credit, fill out the MOOC registration form on the NovoEd website. You will see the question Would you like to enroll in the #Flashwrite Teen Poetry Workshop for University of Iowa undergraduate credit?

If you would like to take the Workshop, check yes, I would like to enroll. You will be asked to provide some additional information for enrollment. Before the MOOC opens, we will send you an email to confirm your enrollment in the Workshop, describe the Workshop details, and explain how you can pay the Workshop tuition fee.

The Workshop tuition fee for one undergraduate credit is $398 USD. You do NOT have to pay this tuition fee now. If you enroll in the Workshop and then change your mind, you may unenroll from the Workshop without financial penalty up until the Workshop begins on May 16. Tuition payment information will be provided by email in April. We cannot offer financial aid for this tuition fee.

If you don't know whether you want to register for the Workshop for university credit, you can check I would like to decide later. In April, we will send you a reminder email so you can enroll in the Workshop if you want to.

Make sure you read "How can you earn credit?" and "Are you eligible to earn credit?" above. You cannot take the Workshop alone; if you wish to earn university credit, you must sign up for both the MOOC and the Workshop.

Registration for Teachers and Parents

Teachers, administrative staff, parents, and guardians are welcome to audit the #Flashwrite MOOC! Sign up on NovoEd's website. Teachers, administrative staff, parents, and guardians are not eligible to register for the #Flashwrite Workshop for university credit.


If you have any further questions, please contact us at distancelearning.iwp@gmail.com. We hope to see you on March 30!

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