In 2014 the IWP announced its first MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), which offer opportunities for the study and practice of creative writing and literary analysis to participants around the world. Funded by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the University of Iowa, the IWP's MOOCs are available to anyone who wishes to enroll; there is no cost to participants and there are no application requirements. In 2016 the IWP is offering three new MOOCs.
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The IWP Online Campus, a new MOOC outreach initiative, provides the IWP's creative writing and literature MOOCs as MOOCpacks: online toolkits that present MOOC content and teaching tools for use in local study groups and workshops. These MOOCpacks are designed to be used by anyone who would like to form or lead a group; no prior teaching experience is necessary. These MOOCpacks also serve as the IWP's primary MOOC archives.
If you are interested in the IWP's MOOCpacks, visit our IWP Online Campus page for more details.
Whitman’s Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster (July 18-September 5, 2016). This MOOC will be taught on NovoEd.com by longtime friends and collaborators Ed Folsom, Whitman scholar and University of Iowa Roy J. Carver Professor of English, and Christopher Merrill, IWP Director and University of Iowa Professor of English. The MOOC will be multi-genre; collaboration with the active teaching team will consist of practice in writing, photojournalism, journalism, letters, memoir, and nonfiction to look at war and reconciliation, past and present, through the lens of Whitman's Civil War writings. This MOOC will begin on July 18; registration will open in early June. To be notified when registration opens, please add yourself to our Distance Learning mailing list here.
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March 2016: #Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC. Designed exclusively for teenage writers, this mini-MOOC was taught on NovoEd.com by Daniel Khalastchi, Associate Director of the University of Iowa’s Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing and author of the poetry collections Manoleria and Tradition. Writers age 13-19 were invited to write new poems and to share and discuss their work with fellow writers around the world. Many thanks to the 775 students, parents, teachers, and administrators who participated! This MOOC has concluded; the MOOC content is available as a MOOCpack on the IWP Online Campus.
September 2015: How Writers Write Fiction 2015. Taught on NovoEd.com by Christopher Merrill, IWP Director and University of Iowa Professor of English, and Angela Flournoy, author of the critically-acclaimed novel The Turner House, this seven-week MOOC invited beginning and experienced writers to engage in a community-based progression through the process of writing fiction. Featured authors included Venise Berry, Edward Carey, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Bernice Chauly, Susan Taylor Chehak, Boris Fishman, Angela Flournoy, Paul Harding, Boaz Gaon, Andrew Sean Greer, Naomi Jackson, Leslie Jamison, Mamle Kabu, Jonathan Lethem, Margot Livesy, Stephen Lovely, Peter Orner, and Douglas Trevor, among others. Many thanks to the 12,125 people who joined us! This MOOC has concluded; its content is available as an archived MOOCpack on the IWP Online Campus.
April 2015: How Writers Write Poetry 2015, a seven-week course, offered an interactive progression through the principles and practice of writing poetry. The course was taught by IWP Director Christopher Merrill, poet, translator, and Professor of English; and Camille Rankine, poet, Assistant Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College, and editorial director of The Manhattanville Review. Many thanks to the 7,650 people who joined us! This MOOC has concluded; its content is available as an archived MOOCpack on the IWP Online Campus.
September 2014: How Writers Write Fiction 2014. This MOOC was taught by Christopher Merrill and novelist and Dixon Professor of Creative Writing at Wittenberg University R. Clifton Spargo. Contributing authors include Peter Orner, Margot Livesey, Anthony Marra, Andrew Sean Greer, Michelle Huneven, and Mona Simpson. Many thanks to the 8,975 people who joined us for our inaugural exploration of fiction writing in MOOC form! This MOOC has concluded; its content will become available as an archived MOOCpack on the IWP Online Campus in Summer 2016.
June 2014: How Writers Write Poetry 2014. The University of Iowa's first creative writing MOOC, this MOOC was taught by Christopher Merrill and Black Rainbow Editions Editor and Poet Mary Hickman. Contributing poets included Robert Hass, Kate Greenstreet, Lucy Ives, Daniel Khalastchi, Sridala Swami, Alexandria Peary, Richard Kenney, William Trowbridge, Dora Malech, Tarfia Faizullah, Nick Twemlow, Kiki Petrosino, James Galvin, Kwame Dawes, Shane McCrae, Teemu Manninen, Carol Light, Larissa Szporluk, Michael Dennis Browne, Caryl Pagel, Marvin Bell, and Mary Hickman. Many thanks to the 4,669 people who joined us for our inaugural exploration of poetry writing in MOOC form! This MOOC has concluded; its content will become available as an archived MOOCpack on the IWP Online Campus in Summer 2016.
February 2014: Every Atom: Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself." The University of Iowa’s first MOOC! Every Atom centered on a series of video conversations between two longtime friends: Whitman scholar Ed Folsom and Christopher Merrill, who created and shared a compelling in-depth exploration of “Song of Myself.” Participants generated an extraordinary discussion with Prof. Folsom and the Teaching Assistants, making active use of the resources of the Whitman Web and the Whitman Archive. We remain delighted and grateful as we look back through the discussions with the 2,145 people who chose to “tramp a perpetual journey” of reading and thinking with us “onward and outward.” This MOOC has concluded; its content will become available as an archived MOOCpack on the IWP Online Campus in Summer 2016.