Digital Learning

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The IWP’s Digital Learning Program offers a year-round program of online courses, exchanges, and events whose goal is to encourage worldwide cultural and creative exchange—the IWP’s principal mission. Digital learning courses and MOOCs bring American and international writers together in online classrooms to explore themes of common interest with accomplished creative writing instructors. Exchanges offer groups of writers and artists opportunities to collaborate on new work and to build new communities across regional and cultural distance. Live-streamed events offer international access to readings and performances. While fiction, poetry, and nonfiction workshops form the backbone of online offerings, the Digital Learning program also aims to provide opportunities for academic discussion about topics in contemporary world literature. Unless otherwise noted, all distance learning activities are conducted in English.

Since 2012, the Digital Learning Program has offered over 30 distinct MOOCs, courses, exchanges, and events which have provided participants creative space to form new international communities in the exploration of writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays; the craft of photography and other multimedia projects; and the analysis of a diverse selection of literatures. Digital Learning Program offerings have enrolled over 47,000 people from 197 countries.

To begin browsing present and past Digital Learning programming, click the links below.

MOOCS

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are courses with unlimited enrollment, open to anyone, anywhere in the world free of charge.

past moocs: MOOC-PACK LIBRARY

In order to support access to education for all, every time we create a MOOC, we also create a MOOC-Pack. A MOOC-Pack provides a MOOC’s core content, packaged with a how-to guide and extra instructional materials. Using a MOOC-Pack, anyone can lead a writing class or a study group. To browse our MOOC-Packs, please visit the Digital Learning MOOC-Pack Library website.

OUTREACH COURSES

Outreach courses are developed in coordination with international institutions for small groups of students in a specific set of cities or countries.

EXCHANGES AND EVENTS

Exchanges provide space for creative collaboration between rising writers and artists in far-flung communities. Events offer virtual access to creative voices around the world.

OPEN-APPLICATION COURSES

Open-application courses are comprised of small groups of students, selected from a diverse pool of applicants; anyone, anywhere in the world is welcome to apply.

To join our mailing list to receive notifications regarding future courses, please fill out the sign up form here.

For inquiries about the Digital Learning Program, please email us at distancelearning.iwp@gmail.com

Happening Now

  • Kristian Sendon CORDERO (IWP '17) co-edited a special issue of Words Without Borders on writing in the Philippines. Its range of poetry in the country's many languages includes Filipino work of Genevieve ASENJO (IWP '12).

  • Muhamed "Nabo" ABDELNABI (Egypt, IWP '13) has been awarded France's 2019 Prix de la littérature arabe for his 2016 novel, published last year in the UK as In the Spider's Room .

  • Over on  Asymptote, in English and Cantonese, the long poem " The Man Who Lost HIs Shadow,"  by Hong Kong poet and editor Stuart LAU (IWP '17).

  • On fish-paste English and cheddar-English: a long interview at LARB (Los Angeles Review of Books) about language, politics, and language politics with Burmese poet and worker KO KO THETT (IWP '16).

  • Behind the 2018+ 2019 Nobel Prizes for Literature given to novelists Peter Handke  and Olga Tokarczuk are translators--one key among them Jennifer CROFT, novelist as well as translator from the Polish, Ukrainian, and  Spanish. Congratulations!

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