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

  • To mark PEN International’s centennial, Words Without Borders has published a sampler of works by writers committed to freedom of expression. Algerian novelist and scholar Med MAGANI is among them.

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

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