Be my classmate in this free online writing course that starts tomorrow!

On May 15, 2017, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will open Power of the Pen: Identities and Social Issues in Fiction and Nonfiction, a free massive open online course. This creative writing MOOC will focus on writing about identities, communities, and social issues in fiction and nonfiction. 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.

I’m excited about this course! There’s another one for poetry and plays coming up in July.

Not that anyone needs a class to be a writer…but you can learn some rules of writing, if only to learn how to break them. Feedback can always be helpful, too, though I encourage you to learn to develop your own writing style and stick to your guns when necessary. Remember most, if not all, famous writers waded through many rejection slips.


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