International Writing Program

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Call for Applications:

Nonfiction Writing Seminar 2015

The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa is now accepting applications for the Nonfiction Writing Seminar 2015. This course will center on the study and practice of writing creative nonfiction. It will be taught online by an IWP Distance Learning Instructor with a substantial publication and teaching record in literary nonfiction.

This online course will begin in late June and end in late August.

This online course will be taught in English and will require you to read and write in English. All application materials must be in submitted in English. 

This online course requires participants to have access to a stable internet connection and a computer, tablet, or phone that can stream and transmit video. If you do not have access, you are still welcome to apply; please see question 10 on the application form.

If you would like to apply to take this course, please click "Nonfiction Writing Seminar 2015" below and read the directions carefully. We will select 20 applicants from around the world to participate. This course is offered completely free; we do not charge a fee for application or for tuition.

Course Structure

1) Live Online Video Classes

Taught by the IWP Distance Learning Instructor, the live online video classes will meet for two hours every Sunday. You and your classmates will be joining these live video classes from every time zone. We will do our best to find a time that will work for everyone, but it may be early in the morning or late at night where you live. If you are admitted to the course, you must be able to attend these video classes online.

2) Assignments and Workshops

The Instructor will post reading and writing assignments on the course website every Monday.

  • Reading assignments: You will be asked to read a collection of published nonfiction during this course. A new reading assignment will be posted to the course website each Monday, after each Sunday class. These readings will be discussed during the live class sessions. You may find the reading assignment in the Weekly Lessons section of the course site.
  • Writing assignments: You will be asked to complete a writing assignment every week. A new writing assignment will be posted to the course website each Monday, after each Sunday class. Your writing assignment will be due by email by noon your time on each Saturday.
  • Workshops: Every week, the Instructor will select a few of your writing assignments for online workshopping. Each Monday, new workshops will open on the course website. Guidelines and questions for workshops will be posted, and you will be expected to log into workshops during the week to read the workshop pieces and post your comments according to the guidelines and questions.
If you have questions about the course, you are welcome to contact the IWP Distance Learning Program at

Who Can Apply?

To read the eligibility requirements and apply for the course, see "Nonfiction Writing Seminar 2015" below.

Applications are due by 11:00 pm CDT (GMT-5:00) on May 29, 2015.

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