New Massive Open Online Course
The International Writing Program (the IWP) at the University of Iowa presents, with generous support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State, the course “Stories of Place: Writing and the Natural World.” This course will be given as a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) Nov. 15 – Dec. 31, though the course site will remain open until Mar. 15. You may take the course at your own pace during that window of time.
You as participants will work with some of the many possible types of creative non-fiction, ranging from essays, science journalism, travel narratives, and speculative portrayals of the natural future. As writers, you will work with ways to portray truth and fact, whether it involves telling stories about the local, the global, the invisible, the beautiful, or the uncertain.
The course content includes writers who are both native and non-native English speakers (including former IWP Fall Residents), and we welcome those of you who are working on your own English language skills. Reading and listening to writers from a variety of backgrounds, and locating your own voice and experience through the writing of stories are strong language practice techniques.