I’m finishing up with the second draft of a WIP and would take a break of a month or two, during which, I shall write short stories.
I’ll also be traveling a fair bit, and as a result, possibly be disappearing at times.
In the meanwhile, though, I’ll be doing a six-week online course by Iowa, beginning on the 26th of September. It’s open to everyone (which can be a good, but also scary thing), and it doesn’t cost a dime.
The Writing University Open Courses website provides MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for creative writing through the International Writing Program
at the University of Iowa, which will offer new opportunities for the
study and practice of creative writing and literary analysis to an
unlimited number of participants around the world.
I’m not sure what to expect, but I’m all registered.
I’m looking for some familiar faces as coursemates. I think this could be good for those beginning to write fiction, and those who don’t mind a refresher.
How Writers Write Fiction, a six-week course, will begin in September
2014. The MOOC will be co-taught by Christopher Merrill, IWP Director
and University of Iowa Professor of English, and R. Clifton Spargo,
author of Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald
and Dixon Professor of Creative Writing at Wittenberg University.
Professors Merrill and Spargo 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.
Would any of you like to join me? Want to talk about any other online course you’ve done, and would recommend?