Distance Learning

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The IWP’s Distance 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. Distance 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 Distance 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 Distance 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. Distance Learning Program offerings have enrolled over 47,000 people from 197 countries.

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


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


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


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

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

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