Contest and Submission


Written by Editor

The International Writing Program (the IWP) at the University of Iowa presents, with generous support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State, the course “Stories of Place: Writing and the Natural World”.

You as participants will work with some of the many possible types of creative non-fiction, ranging from essays, science journalism, travel narratives, and speculative portrayals of the natural future. And as writers you will work with ways to portray truth and fact, whether it involves telling stories about the local, the global, the invisible, the beautiful, or the uncertain.

The course content includes writers who are both native and non-native English speakers, and we welcome those of you who are working on your own English language skills. Reading and listening to writers from a variety of backgrounds, and locating your own voice and experience through the writing of stories are strong language practice techniques.


The course is instructor-led from 15 November to 31 December, then stays open as self-paced until 15 March, to allow for flexibility of enrollment.

(Click SIGN UP to create an account or sign in to your account, or ENTER, if you are already signed in to your NovoEd account. You will then be enrolled in the course–you will see a message letting you know to return 15 November to access the course. You will also receive an email from the system confirming your enrollment and letting you know you can access the course 15 November.)

About the author


Bada Yusuf Amoo holds B.A in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, he is the publisher of He started the website in 2015, he has published both his works and other budding writers and poets on the website. He is a public commentators and his articles are on different websites.