Saturdays: May 13 and May 20

1:00-4:30 pm each day
light food and drink included

Annie May Swift
1920 Campus Drive
Alvina Krause Studio (Room 103)

Acclaimed Moroccan Playwright, DRISS KSIKES
Visiting Writer in Residence at the Center for the Writing Arts only for Spring 2017

Chicago Theater Director, KATHRYN WALSH
Directing Program Mentor at Northwestern University

For theatre and creative writing undergraduate and graduate students, and any student writers who are interested in writing a play. 

This two-day workshop enables participants to experience, grasp, and develop writing stances and strategies and draft a short play. The stage is a space for speaking out, talking, interpreting and self-reflecting before a public audience. Written dialogue, and also energy, rhythm, and language as it is spoken—all these are at stake. The aim, by the end of the two-session process (one week apart), is to generate playwriting projects. Especially important for participants will be the insights gained from observing the creative process when a writer and director work together to develop a project.

So that we can project our need for refreshments and light food, please let us know you will participate by sending an email to: WORDS@NORTHWESTERN.EDU





5:30-6:15 pm

Wednesday May 17, 2017
University Hall 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL  60208
Hagstrum Room 205 

"The X-Y-Y equation"

This play addresses, after the psychoanalyst, Donald Winnicott, the construction of one’s identity in society and how the mother’s gaze during her children’s first years is decisive.  My play is the story of three sisters meeting again, years after their abrupt separation from each other, at their mother’s funeral. The three, a divorced lawyer and human rights activist, a lesbian teacher and a doctor who will soon be married, are telling each other intimate, violent and funny stories, in the shadow of their late mother’s coffin and under the gaze of their senile father.  Meanwhile, they confront their divergent relationships with rules, life conduct, sexuality, and mainly their capacity to delve into memory to better construct their own future.  As this new text is in progress, the author will give a public reading of some excerpts. 

Writers in Residence

Spring Quarter 2017 Visiting-Writer-in-Residence DRISS KSIKES

The Center for the Writing Arts is honored to have Driss Ksikes as the first Visiting-Writer-in-Residence in the ART OF PLAYWRITING.  

Driss Ksikes is professor at HEM Business School (Morocco) of media, culture and creative writing..Previously editor of TelQuel, he is since 2007 managing Director of the CESEM (HEM Business School’s research center) and editor of Economia, its main electronic review journal. Literary critic, he is playwright, novelist and essay writer, co-author of “Le métier d’intellectuel” (Presses de l’Université Citoyenne, Ed. En toutes lettres, 2014), for which he has been awarded Grand Atlas Prize in 2015. His theatre writings comprise Pas de mémoire, mémoire de pas (1998), Le saint des incertains (2000), Il (2008), 180 degrés (2010), N'enterrez pas trop vite Big Brother (2013). He was selected by National Studio Theatre in London in 2012 among six best african playwrights, and nominated in 2014 as the best francophone playwright. Culturally active, he is the co-founder of Averroes encounters in Rabat since 2009 and initiator of citizen theatrical experiences.