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In order to support access to education for all, every time we create a MOOC, we also create a MOOC-Pack. A MOOC-Pack provides a MOOC’s core content, packaged with a how-to guide and extra instructional materials. Using a MOOC-Pack, anyone can lead a writing class or a study group. To browse our MOOC-Packs and access free course materials, please visit the Digital Learning MOOC-Pack Library website >


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)


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

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

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

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


#Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC (MOOC, Spring 2016)

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

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

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


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

How Writers Write Poetry 2015 (MOOC, Spring 2015)

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

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

Narrative Witness: Indigenous Peoples, Australia-North America (Exchange, Fall 2015)

How Writers Write Fiction 2015 (MOOC, Fall 2015)


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

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

How Writers Write Poetry 2014 (MOOC, Summer 2014)

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

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

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

How Writers Write Fiction 2014 (MOOC, Fall 2014)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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