#Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC

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#Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC

March 30-May 3, 2016: The IWP offered its first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) designed exclusively for teenage students. Writers age 13-19 were invited to write new poems and to share and discuss their work with fellow writers around the world. No writing experience necessary: this MOOC welcomed new writers and experienced poets alike.

Early college credit opportunity

Students who completed this #Flashwrite MOOC  had the opportunity to continue on to take an optional #Flashwrite Workshop for University of Iowa undergraduate credit.

MOOC Information for Students

Students were encouraged to 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; earn a free Statement of Accomplishment from the University of Iowa by completing the MOOC; and after completing the MOOC, they could enroll in an optional four-week workshop and earn an undergraduate credit from the University of Iowa.

MOOC Information for Teachers

Teachers were 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; and support your students in pursuing optional university credit through the University of Iowa's Department of English.

#Flashwrite Teen Poetry Workshops

Would you like to earn university credit early?

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

Workshop Information

Are you eligible to earn credit? The #Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC and the #Flashwrite Teen Poetry Workshop was taught in English. To complete the MOOC and the Workshop to earn University of Iowa undergraduate credit, fluency in English was required 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 was available to teenagers who had not yet embarked on higher education.


Daniel KHALASTCHI is a first-generation Iraqi American from Iowa. He received his MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was awarded a writing fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 2006. Khalastchi currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Certificate in Writing Program at the University of Iowa and as a founder and co-editor of Rescue Press. His first book of poems, Manoleria, was published in 2011 after winning the Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse First Book Prize.

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