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Outreach Course  - Nonfiction Writing (Russia, October-December, 2020)


MOOC – Hidden Meanings: Creative Fiction, Non-Fiction & Facts (Course active to take on your own schedule Nov. 15 - Dec. 31, 2019)

Outreach Course – Fake News: Facts, Information, Disinformation, Misinformation (Belgium, Nov. 15 - Dec. 31, 2019)


MOOC – Stories of Place: Writing and the Natural World (Nov. 2018)

MOOC – Moving the Margins: Fiction and Inclusion (Sept. 2018)

Outreach Course – Write for Your Life: Turning Trauma into Stories (Russia and Armenia, Nov. 2018)

Outreach Course – “Fake News!”: Facts, Information, Disinformation, Misinformation (Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kazakhstan, Nov. 2018)

MOOC Translated into Spanish: Cómo los escritores escriben ficción: Mujeres en la narración (How Writers Write Fiction: Storied Women, MOOC in English from Fall 2016)


Outreach Course – A Room of One's Own: Writing Nonfiction in Algeria (Algiers, Spring 2017)

MOOC – Power of the Pen: Identities and Social Issues in Fiction and Nonfiction (May 2017)

MOOC – Power of the Pen: Identities and Social Issues in Poetry and Plays (July 2017)

Outreach Course – On the Line: Playwriting in Russia (Krasnoyarsk | Moscow | Smolensk) (Fall 2017)


MOOC – #Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC (Spring 2016)

Outreach Course – Every Grain of Light: Writing Poetry in Afghanistan (Jalalabad | Kabul | Mazar-i-Sharif) (Outreach Course, Summer 2016)

MOOC – Whitman's Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster (Summer 2016)

MOOC – How Writers Write Fiction 2016: Storied Women (Fall 2016)


Outreach Course – A Room of One's Own (Amman, Jordan | Manama, Bahrain) (Outreach Course, Spring 2015)

MOOC – How Writers Write Poetry 2015 (Spring 2015)

Open-Application Course – Nonfiction Writing Seminar with Amy Leach (Summer 2015)

Open-Application Course – Nonfiction Writing Seminar with Elena Passarello (Summer 2015)

Exchange Open-Application Course – Narrative Witness: Indigenous Peoples, Australia-North America (Fall 2015)

MOOC – How Writers Write Fiction 2015 (Fall 2015)


Open-Application Course – Advanced Nonfiction Seminar (Spring 2014)

MOOC – Every Atom: Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" (Spring 2014)

MOOC – How Writers Write Poetry 2014 (Summer 2014)

Exchange –Narrative Witness 2014: Caracas-Sarajevo (Summer 2014)

Outreach Course – Electric Bodies: An Introduction to Form and Craft (Des Moines, USA | Moscow and Smolensk, Russia) (Fall 2014)

Outreach Course – Here She Comes: Chi Li's Come and Go (Beijing and Chengdu, China) (Fall 2014)

MOOC – How Writers Write Fiction 2014 (Fall 2014)


Event – Reading/Q&A (Bogota, Colombia) (Spring 2013)

Exchange –Virtual Writing Project (Iowa City, USA | East Jerusalem, Israel) (Spring 2013)

Exchange –LGBT Reading Group (Iowa City, USA | Glasgow, Scotland) (Spring 2013)

Outreach Course – Introduction to Creative Writing (St. Petersburg, Russia) (Spring 2013)

Outreach Course – Introduction to Creative Writing & Contemporary American Literature (Hargeisa, Somalia) (Spring 2013)

Open-Application Course – Virtual Poetry Seminar (Spring 2013)

Open-Application Course – Poetry Master Class (Summer 2013)

Open-Application Course – Advanced Poetry Seminar (Summer 2013)

Outreach Course – Longing, We Say: Distance in the Literary Imagination (Kirkuk, Iraq) (Fall 2013)

Outreach Course – Angry Young Men: Creative Approaches to Hamlet, Catcher in the Rye, and the First-Person Narrative (St. Petersburg, Russia) (Fall 2013)

Open-Application Course – Advanced Fiction Seminar (Fall 2013)


Outreach Course – Introduction to Creative Writing (Gaza) (Fall 2012)

Event –Creative Writing Series (Baghdad, Iraq) (Fall 2012)

Event – Maori & Tauiwi Literature Lecture (Wellington, New Zealand) (Fall 2012)

Event –​​​​​​​ Reading/Q&A with Hisham Matar (Fall 2012)

Happening Now

  • 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.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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