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Register Now: #Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC

UIowa campus

The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will offer the #Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC, its first open online course designed exclusively for teenage students, from March 30-May 3, 2016. Students 13-19 years old are invited to write, share, and discuss poetry with Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates and fellow teenage writers around the world. No writing experience is necessary: this MOOC will welcome new writers and challenge experienced poets. Registration is free!

Opportunities for Students

  • Learn craft elements of poetry from MOOC Instructor Daniel Khalastchi, Associate Director of the Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing at the University of Iowa and author of the poetry collections Manoleria and Tradition
  • Work with a supportive teaching community
  • Write new poems and discuss work with fellow writers around the world
  • Earn a free Statement of Accomplishment for completing the MOOC
  • After the MOOC, take an optional four-week workshop to earn one university credit (details below)

Opportunities for Teachers

  • Lead students through this MOOC to bring a global poetry community into the classroom
  • Utilize the course structure and materials to satisfy Common Core standards
  • Build local and international connections with fellow creative writing and English teachers

University Credit Opportunity

Students who complete the MOOC may enroll in an optional University of Iowa #Flashwrite Teen Poetry Workshop for one university credit. Each online workshop, which will take place from May 16-June13, will be taught by a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop with a substantial teaching and publication record and will be limited to 15 students. Enrollment requirements: completion of the #Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC and payment of a $398 USD tuition fee.

Since 1967, the International Writing Program has brought writers together for creative cultural exchange. We are proud to offer this inaugural creative writing MOOC to the international teenage writing community. We hope to see you on March 30!

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