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Free Online Poetry and Playwriting Course Begins July 17th !


This course runs from July 17, 2017 to September 5, 2017Power of the Pen

Here’s more from the Information Release I received:

“On July 17, 2017, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will open “Power of the Pen: Identities and Social Issues in Poetry and Plays”, a free massive open online course. This creative writing MOOC will focus on writing about identities, communities, and social issues in poetry and plays. There is no cost to enroll; registration is completely free for all participants. No writing experience is required. This MOOC welcomes writers of all communities and identities.”

You can Sign Up here

And, here’s a Course Overview:

This MOOC will:

  • Encourage you to experiment in both poetry writing and playwriting

  • Encourage you to explore the intersections between these two genres

  • Encourage you to explore the intersections of individual, community, and global identities

  • Encourage you to examine the effect of current social issues on individual, community, and global identities

  • Foreground the principles of writing poetry and plays

  • Support your experience of creative and cultural exchange with writers around the world!

For more detailed info and a Class Schedule Go Here

But, I should mention, there’s “…a way for you to earn formal recognition for your work.”

So, check out the folks conducting the course in this video:


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13 to 19-Year-Olds Writing #Poetry !


Teen Poetry MOOC

Teen Poetry MOOC

Normally, I do a re-blog on Thursdays…

However, since yesterday I published a post about Emily Dickinson and also received an email from the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa about a free course in poetry writing, I must jump in and spread the word :-)

If you’re 13-19 years old… Well, I should let the IWP tell their own story:

#Flashwrite Teen Poetry MOOC

March 30-May 3, 2016: The IWP will offer its first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) designed exclusively for teenage students. Writers age 13-19 are invited to write new poems and to share and discuss their work with fellow writers around the world. No writing experience is necessary: this MOOC will welcome new writers and challenge experienced poets. This MOOC will be taught here on NovoEd, a website for creative collaborative learning. Registration is free!

And, there’s this:

Early College Credit Opportunity

Students who complete this #Flashwrite MOOC may continue on to take an optional #Flashwrite Workshop for University of Iowa undergraduate credit.

May 16-June 13, 2016: Students who complete the #Flashwrite MOOC may enroll in an optional University of Iowa #Flashwrite Teen Poetry Workshop for one university credit. Each online workshop 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.

For more info, Go Here


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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:


BONUS VIDEO :-)


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Not Much Time Left To Sign-Up for FREE Creative Writing Course !


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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Learning About The Future of Storytelling . . .


Major Short-Term Alert! Take Action before October 25th, 2013!! <— Sorry for the Hype :-)

But

If you want to be involved in a revolutionary new way to learn and you want to immerse yourself in the potential future of storytelling and you don’t mind not having to pay any money

Watch This Video: [ if you don’t care so much about storytelling but want free education in other topics there’s a video for you after this one ~~ and if you can’t make the sign-up deadline there are  more free education opportunities here :-) ]

This course and others are offered through iversity using MOOC—Massive Open Online Courses—like:

Contemporary Architecture

Political Philosophy: An Introduction

Design 101 (or Design Basics)

Monte Carlo Methods in Finance

And, more…

And, here’s a video about MOOCs:

Many thanks to My Best Friend for alerting me to this fabulous resource :-)
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