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Pandemic University is a series of online writing courses you can take right now

Courses include mastering conflict and tension with Ayelet Tsabari, writing a proposal with Michael Hingston, writing true crime with Katherine Laidlaw, writing personal essays with Hadiya Roderique and more.
Pandemic University is a series of online writing courses for anyone looking to sharpen up their skills. (Unsplash)

Omar Mouallem is an award-winning feature writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker and co-author of Inside the Inferno, a firsthand account of battling the Fort McMurray wildfire. 

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Mouallem found himself looking for a way to pass the time and foster connections in the writing community. 

He decided to start the Pandemic University, a series of online writing courses for anyone looking to sharpen up their skills. 

It's a series of 14 classes on "on everything from narrative structure to TV writing," Mouallem told Edmonton AM host Mark Connolly.

Courses still scheduled include:

  • Mastering conflict and tension with Ayelet Tsabari (May 1)
  • Travel writing with Marcello Di Cintio (May 7)
  • Poetry with Michael Lista (May 9)
  • Cookbook writing with Jennifer Cockrall-King (May 11)
  • True crime with Katherine Laidlaw (May 14)
  • Writing personal essays with Hadiya Roderique (May 18)
  • Magazine pitching with Omar Mouallem (May 19)
  • Writing about trauma with Christina Frangou (May 25)
  • Writing a TV comedy pilot with Kaitlin Fontana (May 28)
  • Long-form feature writing with Omar Mouallem (May 29)

Some courses are $15 US ($20.89 Cdn) and some are by donation. You can also take seven of the 14 courses for $59 US ($82.18 Cdn).

"One of the things that people always take down the road is writing," Mouallem. "Writing their book or writing their TV pilot or their book proposal or anthology of disaster poetry — whatever it is — now is kind of the best time to pursue those personal ambitions that genuinely make us feel better."

The spring semester wraps on May 29, 2020.

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