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International Literacy Day & a MOOC about How to Write Fiction


Yes, the 8th of September is United Nations Literacy Day with the theme this year being “Literacy and Sustainable Societies”.

From the UN site:

“Literacy skills are the prerequisite for the learning of a broader set of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, required for creating sustainable societies. At the same time, progress in areas of sustainable development, such as health and agriculture, serves as an enabling factor in the promotion of literacy and literate environments. “

And, since some of you will be into the 8th in just a few hours, and, since literacy and fiction are very closely related, it seems like fate’s kissing me because I can also give you a 2-week heads-up on a MOOCmassive open online course—called How Writers Write Fiction.

This MOOC is Free and is being offered by the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

From the IWW site:

“For more than 75 years emerging writers have come to Iowa City to work on their manuscripts and to exchange ideas about writing and reading with each other and with the faculty”

Obviously, since it’s an online course, you don’t have to trek to Iowa City :-)

It starts on the 24th of September and runs till the 24th of November.

The course will be taught by Christopher Merrill, IWP Director and University of Iowa Professor of English and Angela Flournoy, author of the critically-acclaimed novel The Turner House.

The video class components of the course will include Paul Harding, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Naomi Jackson, Edward Carey, Margot Livesy, and many others.

Again, from the site:

“Each week, the video class will be followed by a set of fiction-writing assignments based on the topics these authors presented in their lectures. These assignments will invite you to write fiction, post your work to the MOOC website, and engage in community feedback with your fellow writers. Supplementary readings will also be posted for your exploration.”

Workload:

Approximately 2-5 hours/week for 8 weeks.

Technical Requirements:

No previous writing experience is necessary.

And, for me, one of the more amazing aspects of the course is:

“If you would like to take this course but do not have sufficient internet access, please contact us at distancelearning.iwp@gmail.com. We will endeavor to facilitate the creation of a local MOOC access group for your use.”

Check out their video:


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I wish I’d heard about this sooner but I’m grateful my Best Friend’s Best Friend noticed this MOOC.

Don’t know what a MOOC is?

A Massive Open Online Course and here’s a link to Lots of MOOCs

The one I’m featuring today is at the University of Iowa, sponsored by their International Writing Program, and called How Writers Write Fiction.

Iowa City, Iowa

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The course begins Friday, September 26th and runs through Friday, November 21st.

The instructors will contextualize the contributing authors’ video talks, encourage online discussion, and offer writing assignments. A team of fiction moderators will join the instructors in leading discussion and hosting live online fiction workshops.

You will be able to participate in How Writers Write Fiction 24 hours per day, seven days per week, as it suits your schedule. Our course moderators will be actively leading discussion in the forum almost around the clock. No matter where you live, you will be able to interact in real time with your fellow fiction writers.

Each week, we will post a new video class and a new writing assignment. You will be invited to post your writing exercise for discussion with your fellow fiction writers. We will select a small representative sample of the writing exercises for formal weekly workshops led by the moderators.

Here’s the link for yet more details and the place to sign-up

Don’t forget, it’s FREE and you can take part wearing whatever you wish… :-)

And, here’s a video of the professors in charge:


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