Last week I blogged about some of the open workshops I’ve participated in at The Poetry School. Indeed, there’s a wealth of free resources and courses available on t’internet. Last year, I enrolled on the University of Iowa’s massive online open course (MOOC), How Writers Write Poetry. (I’m genuinely curious about other poets’ writing processes and keen to try new ways into a poem). It coincided with my return to work from sick leave, however, so I didn’t complete the course. Having enjoyed the first two video tutorials and assignments, though, I’ve just re-enrolled. Here are the details, cut and pasted from their latest email to my inbox:
Greetings from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program!
We are delighted to invite you to join our new MOOC, How Writers Write Poetry 2015! This seven-week online course, beginning on March 23, 2015, offers an interactive progression through the principles and practice of writing poetry. The course is open to everyone in the world, free of charge, and will be taught in English. We hope you will join us!
Course video ~
Our instructors are Christopher Merrill, poet, University of Iowa Professor of English, and International Writing Program Director; and Camille Rankine, poet, Assistant Director of the MFA Program at Manhattanville College, and Editorial Director of The Manhattanville Review. No previous writing experience is necessary, only a stable internet connection. If you would like to take this course but do not have stable internet access, please contact us at email@example.com. Class will start on Monday, March 23, 2015.
And, who knows, in another (retirement) life, I may yet complete the University of Pennsylvania’s MOOC course: Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (AKA ModPo). If you’re interested, this one starts on September 12th, but you can sign up now.
Whatever your interest or specialism, Coursera lists a host of MOOCs. Go look!