The IWP offers web-based Distance Learning Classes on a rolling basis. Comprised of course websites and video chats, the classes link American and international writers, individually or in groups, around themes of common interest, under the guidance of accomplished creative writing instructors. Their goal is to encourage audiences worldwide to participate in cultural and creative exchange—the IWP’s principal mission. Some of the groups partnered with recently have been in Egypt, Jordan, Spain, Scotland, New Zealand and Mexico. Thanks to a grant from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Distance Learning Classes are offered free of charge; all course activities are conducted in English.
An example of a course webpage in action.
While fiction, poetry, and nonfiction workshops form the backbone of online offerings, the Distance Learning program also aims to provide opportunities for academic discussion about topics in contemporary world literature. Previous courses have addressed graphic novels, young adult fiction, indigenous peoples’ writing, and immigration narratives; for sample syllabi see below. Most Distance Learning Classes are developed in direct collaboration with a partner institution and available only to students from that institution. However, the IWP occasionally designs courses that are open for public enrollment; those interested in participating may be located anywhere in the world and at any stage of their writing careers. Open courses will run on a rolling basis. Admissions procedures vary, though all instructors require a short work sample.
An Elluminate Live! video chat session
Please contact Rebecca Boyle at rebecca-boyle[at]uiowa.edu for further information about the IWP’s Distance Learning Program.
IWP reading tour participant Chinelo OKPARANTA shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing.