Open-Application Courses

The IWP's online open-application courses bring together emerging and aspiring writers around the world to form new communities through creative writing study and practice. Open-application courses offer live video lectures and discussions; reading and writing assignments, and asynchronous online workshopping. Each instructor is an experienced teacher of creative writing and literature with a strong publication record and a passion for recreating the workshop model within an online learning environment. Supported by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the University of Iowa, each open-application course is designed to provide an immersive experience of cultural exchange to writers selected from an international pool of applicants.

Open-application courses are offered free of charge. When a new open-application course is available, the IWP will provide application information on this page.

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Past Open-Application Courses

To view our past open-application courses, please visit the Past Digital Learning Programming page.

For inquiries about our open-application courses or other online programming, please email us by selecting "Digital Learning courses"  from the drop-down menu on our contact form here >

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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