Introduction to Creative Writing (Gaza)

Course Description

In the International Writing Program's second partnership with the American Corner at Al Azhar University in Gaza, the IWP Distance Learning Program will develop a six-week introductory creative writing course taught by Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Lauren Haldeman. This course will feature weekly live sessions with the instructor, split evenly between poetry and fiction, and will conclude with a reading of student work.


Lauren HALDEMAN is the editor of the Writing University website at the University of Iowa and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in poetry. Her poems have appeared in Fence, Third Coast, and Coe Review, among others.

Happening Now

  • We regret the passing, on April 11, 2024, of the distinguished Romanian author and critic Dan Cristea, who served as the editor in chief of the Luceafărul de Dimineață cultural monthly. In addition to being an alum of the 1985 Fall Residency, Cristea received his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.

  • Our congratulations to 1986 Fall Residency writer Kwame Dawes, who has been named the new poet laureate of Jamaica.

  • Congratulations to our colleagues Jennifer Croft and Aron Aji, who are among those serving as judges for the National Book Awards this year, in their case in the category of translated literature.

  • Ranjit Hoskote’s speech at the 2024 Goa Literary Festival addresses the current situation in Gaza.

  • In NY Times, Bina Shah worries about the state of Pakistani—and American—democracy.

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