#Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC

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#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. 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.

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; earn a free Statement of Accomplishment from the University of Iowa by completing the MOOC; and 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; 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 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.


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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