Introduction to Creative Writing & Contemporary American Literature (Hargeisa, Somalia)

Course Description

In partnership with Hargeisa University, the IWP Distance Learning Program will offer a six-week online creative writing and literature course from February 21 to March 11, 2013. The course is designed for emerging writers of college age. Structurally, the course will be divided evenly between fiction and poetry, with six sessions allotted to each genre. The course will feature lectures on and discussion of contemporary American poetry and fiction to guide practice-based writing exercises. Readings and texts will be selected with an eye towards contemporary works published in established American literary journals such as Witness, Threepenny Review, The Collagist, and Narrative and include such topics as immigration narrative and cross-cultural exploration. Short readings, responses, and writing exercises will be assigned weekly to facilitate discussion for live sessions between students at the University of Iowa (Iowa City, USA) and Hargeisa University (Hargeisa, Somalia).


Rae WINKELSTEIN-DUVENECK graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2012. She has taught creative writing and rhetoric courses at the University of Iowa and worked as a Poetry Editor for The Iowa Review in 2011. Publications include poems in the Lana Turner Journal and Strange Cage and articles in The Iowa Review and The Albany Journal.

Mark MAYER is the Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College. A former Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is winner of the John Leggett Fiction Prize and the Donald Justice Poetry Prize. His fiction has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and anthologized in New Stories from the Midwest.

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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