Open-Application Courses

Each year, the IWP offers several open-application courses dedicated to the theory and practice of creative writing. Funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, these courses bring groups of writers together in in live online classrooms to study selected themes or techniques within poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Each open-application course serves fifteen writers, selected from an international pool of highly qualified applicants. IWP instructors are experienced teachers of creative writing with strong publication records and a passion for translating the workshop model into an online learning environment. Open-application courses are offered free of charge; all are welcome to apply.

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2015 Courses

July 2015: Nonfiction Writing Seminars 2015. Taught online by two IWP Distance Learning Instructors with substantial publication and teaching records in literary nonfiction, these courses were centered on both study and practice. These courses opened in mid-July and closed in mid-September. 400 writers applied to take part in one seminar. Due to the outstanding quality and diversity of the applications, 48 applicants were selected, and two seminars of 24 writers each were created.

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