How Writers Write Poetry 2014

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June 2014: The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will open a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the craft of writing poetry. This course will be offered completely free and is open to anyone who wishes to register.

Instructors

This MOOC will be taught by Mary Hickman, graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and author of the poetry collection This Is the Homeland; and Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program, Professor of English at the University of Iowa, and author of six collections of poetry, five works of nonfiction, and many works of translation.

MOOC Description

How Writers Write Poetry 2014 will be taught in English as follows: each week, instructors Hickman and Merrill will post a new video class. In this video class, they will introduce two or three short video lectures given by successful authors of poetry. Each week, the video class will be followed by a set of writing assignments. These assignments will invite you to write poetry, post your work to the MOOC website, and engage in community feedback with your fellow writers. Each week, a team of teaching moderators will lead live discussions of the video topics and the challenges of the writing assignments around the clock in the MOOC discussion forum.

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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