It’s time for the Iowa Writing course again!  

Last year’s MOOC from Iowa was fabulous and this year’s already is shaping up to be as good – or better. Unfortunately I am not quite well enough to participate fully and do all the writing exercises this year, but I will be auditing – and hopefully will be able to catch up later if I get my promised date for my surgery soon…

So this year’s course is How Writers Write Fiction 2016: Storied Women – the first class was posted yesterday so there’s still time to sign up.

The Class One video is about creating characters – I especially enjoyed the segment about stealing souls!  As with the last one, the coruse is stimulating because they get so many working writers to talk about their craft. So far this time we’ve had Margot Livesey, Galit Dahan Carlibach, Ukamaka Olisakwe, and Cate DiCharry.

After the introductory video there are various readings, usually short stories or excerpts from longer works – and articles by writers on aspects of writing. I’ve not read this week’s yet but I can already tell they are going to be fascinating – about whether characters have to be likeable, and then Lionel Shriver’s recent controversial piece about cultural appropriation (actually I’d already read that one) and responses to it.

Looking forward to some interesting discussion threads this week!

So, it’s free, you can join in as much or as little as you like – sign up here and perhaps I’ll see you there!