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Please join us for a reading with NICOLE DENNIS-BENN on October 18, 6pm, at Kelly Writers House.



Announcing: PLAYWRITING AND POSSIBILITY: A free spring 2017 playwriting workshop with Casey Llewellyn

• January 27, 5-10pm
• February 10, 5-10pm
• February 17, 5-10pm

on the University of Pennsylvania campus

About this workshop: The playwright writes language to be swallowed, absorbed by bodies and released back into space on breath, the new world enacted. In a play, language is active, a blueprint for what Happens: it leaves space for encounter. In this class, we will explore the potential of text as nutrition for the transformative theatrical encounter. More simply, this is a class for anyone interested in writing plays or text for performance. We will read plays by writers who have pushed the form, do in class exercises, and write short plays. No previous experience is required.

Workshop dates: This workshop will meet over three sessions—5-10pm on January 27, February 10, and February 17—on the Penn campus. The workshop is free, noncredit, and open to all members of the Philadelphia writing community; you do not need to be affiliated with Penn to join.

About the instructor: Casey Llewellyn is a writer and theater maker whose work interrogates identity, collectivity and form. Her 2016 play O, Earth (The Foundry Theatre) was nominated for Best New Play in the Off Broadway Alliance Awards. Other works for theatre include: The Body Which Is the Town, Zaide!, Obsession Piece, The Quiet Way, Existing Conditions (cowritten with Claudia Rankine), and I Love Dick, an adaptation for theater of the book by Chris Kraus. Her essay “What We Could Do With Writing” appears in The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind edited by Claudia Rankine, Beth Loffreda, and Max King Cap.

To apply: Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 18, 2016. Click here to submit your application.

Sponsored by the Penn Creative Writing Program, Kelly Writers House, and the Provost's Arts Advisory Council.




THE ART OF THE NOVEL: A free fall 2016 novel writing workshop with Nicole Dennis-Benn

• October 20, 6-9pm
• November 10, 6-9pm
• December 1, 6-9pm

About this workshop: The novel is a vast landscape. But despite the liberal space, a good novel requires structure—direction, motive, and dynamic characters that will take readers through the terrain. Through reading, writing, and discussion, this intensive workshop will challenge students to expand on ideas, using the tools given to make the novel work as a unified, compelling whole. This course may be more beneficial for students who already have a novel in progress; however, it is also open to those who are just getting started. Each student will workshop up to twenty-five (25) pages. Following their in-class critiques, students will meet with the instructor for individual conferences.

Workshop dates: This workshop will meet over three sessions—6-9pm on October 20, November 10, and December 1—at Kelly Writers House, an open literary space on the Penn campus. The workshop is free, noncredit, and open to all members of the Philadelphia writing community; you do not need to be affiliated with Penn to join.

About the instructor: Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel Here Comes the Sun (W. W. Norton/Liveright, 2016), which has received a starred Kirkus Review and is deemed one of the best books to read in summer 2016 and beyond by the New York Times, NPR, Buzzfeed, Book Riot, Bookish, Miami Herald, Elle, O Magazine, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, Flavorwire, AfterEllen, BookPage, Cosmopolitan, and Brooklyn Magazine, among others. New York Times reviewer Jennifer Senior describes Here Comes the Sun as a "lithe, artfully plotted debut"; Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami as well as Booklist have deemed it a “fantastic debut”; Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James says, “[Here Comes the Sun] is a story waiting to be told.” Nicole Dennis-Benn has been recently nominated for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Elle Magazine, Electric Literature, Lenny Letter, Catapult, Red Rock Review, Kweli Literary Journal, Mosaic, Ebony, and The Feminist Wire. She holds a MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Lambda, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Hurston/Wright, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Dennis-Benn was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York.

To apply:

The application deadline has closed for the fall workshop. Stay tuned for information on future workshops!

Sponsored by the Penn Creative Writing Program, Kelly Writers House, and the Provost's Arts Advisory Council.





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