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UPDATE: Registration is Closed: International Issues in Creative Nonfiction

UPDATE: Our upcoming distance-learning course "International Issues in Creative Nonfiction" is now filled!

Thanks for all of you who expressed interest, and keep your eyes here on the the Shambaugh House Blog, the IWP's Facebook page, and on the IWP's new website for more information about distance-learning offerings from the IWP, including an upcoming fiction workshop!

The International Writing Program is offering another credit-optional distance education course this spring. The topic: International Issues in Creative Nonfiction. The instructor: Stephanie Elizondo Griest, author of Mexican Enough and Around the Bloc. You can take it from anywhere, and you can take it for free.

For more information about the class and to register, contact the IWP's Distance Learning Coordinator, Jimmy O’Brien at


International Issues in Creative Nonfiction

Where does the subjective terminate, the objective commence? What are the boundaries between domestic and global, personal and political, fiction and nonfiction?

International Issues in Creative Nonfiction will address such questions through academic and creative means. We’ll investigate ongoing global concerns through the lens of creative nonfiction by reading some of the most challenging and innovative nonfiction from throughout the world and composing our own in response. Students will read a variety of texts ranging from literary journalism to fragmentary personal narratives, potentially including authors such as Terry Tempest Williams, Arundhati Roy, Dave Eggers, and Li-Young Lee, among many others drawn from recent literary publications. This class will be delivered online through the International Writing Program and will link a cohort of domestic students with another group based in Tijuana, Mexico.

International Issues in Creative Nonfiction is credit optional, and can be taken for free if audited. It’s for students who aren’t afraid of technology—who are interested in Skyping, working on message boards, and exchanging multimedia responses with students from throughout the world, and working with international peers to examine the most pressing social, environmental, and creative issues we face.


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