Critically Acclaimed Iranian-American Writer

*Open to Northwestern creative writing students, undergrad and grad, who are presently enrolled in creative writing courses or have taken a creative writing course at Northwestern.
*On consecutive Saturdays, with lunch provided at 1, and the workshop from 1:30 to 4:30.
*Ideally students will participate in all three workshops, but this is not required.

Series of fiction-writing workshops (non-credit)

*Saturday September 30 | 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

*Saturday October 7 | 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

*Saturday October 14 | 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

location: University Hall 201 (The Hagstrum Room)                        

Each workshop will have a particular focus on a core aspect of writing fiction.  Bring 5 pp. of your best fiction with you to the first workshop. Writing prompts will be given for the second and third.

So that we can plan for lunch, please RSVP no later than the Friday 10 am before each one, specifying on which dates you will participate, to:



September 27 through October 15, 2017


A Reading by Visiting Writer-in-Residence Porochista Khakpour

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Kresge Hall, Room 1-515 (The Forum), 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Free of charge and open to the public.

The critically acclaimed novelist Porochista Khakpour will be a Visiting Writer-in-Residence with the Center for the Writing Arts (CWA) and the Middle East and North African Studies Program (MENA) from September 27 through October 15, 2017.

She is the author of two award-winning novels, Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove/Atlantic, 2007) and The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014), and a forthcoming memoir titled Sick, to be published by HarperCollins in May 2018.

In addition to her novels, Khakpour’s essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Village Voice, Bookforum, The Paris Review, Salon, Poets & Writers, Guernica, Bidoun, Granta, and other publications.

Khakpour's residency at Northwestern will feature a series of fiction-writing workshops, literary readings and public conversations. For more information:

There will be a reception following the reading.


Navigating Identities: On Writing About Illness & Identity as a Woman of Color — A Talk

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Kresge Hall, Room 1-515 (The Forum), 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Free of charge and open to the public


The critically acclaimed novelist and essayist Porochista Khakpour will explore how, after a decades of writing about Iranian-American identity, she realized she had yet another marginal identifier that needed examination: that of the chronically ill. In her forthcoming memoir Sick, she looks at illness and addiction additionally through the lens of a woman of color and dissects how that can complicate the narratives of the body and mind in dysfunction.

There will be a reception following the reading.


Writers in Residence

Winter Quarter 2018 Writer in Residence

ALEX KOTLOWITZ is perhaps best known for his national bestseller, There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America, which the New York Public Library selected as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. Alex’s nonfiction stories, which one critic wrote “inform the heart”, have appeared in print, radio and film. From his documentary, The Interrupters, to his stories in The New York Times Magazine and on public radio’s This American Life, he’s been honored in all three mediums.