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IWP to Offer Advanced Fiction Seminar

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“We've all seen lists of dos and don'ts for writing fiction,” says fiction writer Nate Brown. “But is it really always best to write longhand? Must you really turn off the Internet while you write?” Brown and his students will be putting some of this writerly advice to the test this fall in a new Advanced Fiction Seminar offered through the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP).

With writers from 42 countries and every continent except Antarctica applying to participate in distance learning courses offered in poetry this summer, the IWP fielded many requests from fiction writers wondering if there were any similar courses available for them. In response to this demand, from September 16 through October 28, 2013, the IWP will be offering a free online 7-session fiction writing course for strong, emerging writers. The course will use virtual classroom software to link writers around the globe and conduct the live online sessions, a unique opportunity for writers located miles (and oceans) apart to read and discuss contemporary fiction and share their own work. The course is free and all sessions will be conducted in English.

Advanced Fiction Seminar (Click to enlarge)
Advanced Fiction Seminar (Click to enlarge)

“In a world filled with craft essays and creative writing pedagogies, it's sometimes easy to forget that some of the most electric and energetic fiction we encounter seems exciting precisely because it breaks ‘the rules,’” says instructor Nate Brown, a recipient of writing fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Vermont Studio Center, the Kimmel, Harding, Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Deputy Director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, DC.

Writers wishing to apply should submit a resume, statement of purpose (your motivations for joining the course), and a writing sample (5 pages maximum) to by September 6, 2013.

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