Programs Plus

Regularly over the course of the semester, the Kelly Writers House will hold a post-program moderated online discussion to allow program attendees and anyone who is interested to connect with the readings, program content, and each other. This is our way of keeping alive the post-program reception atmosphere beyond the online event broadcast. Programs Plus participants dissect writers’ works, reflect on speakers’ conversations, and — for certain programs — share their own writing! Writers House staff members moderate these discussions by asking questions and providing writing prompts. All are welcome, and all materials will be provided; the only thing you need to bring to these online discussions is an interest in the writer or topic of the program!

How to Participate

Sign up here and we’ll let you know every time there’s a Programs Plus discussion you can sign up for! Our discussions occur asynchronously through listservs (electronic mailing lists). Everyone can contribute as much or as little as they’d like; whether you check the discussion listserv once a week or once an hour, whether you’re a conversation-starter or a speculator, you have a place in Programs Plus. If you have any questions or would like more information, please write to Lily Applebaum at alily@writing.upenn.edu. See below for our current offerings!

Upcoming Programs Plus Discussions

Kiley Reid: A Reading and Conversation

Program: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 6:00PM
Programs Plus discussion: Wednesday, September 30 - Wednesday, October 7, 2020

After the program, sign up here to join us for a virtual book-club-style discussion of the conversation and Kiley Reid’s work. Our discussion will occur asynchronously through an email listserv, and everyone can contribute as much or as little as they’d like, at whatever time works best for them. Find out more about this program on our web calendar. Click here to sign up for this discussion in particular.

A Conversation With Liana Finck And Gabrielle Bell

Program: Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:00PM
Programs Plus discussion: Monday, October 19 - Monday, October 26, 2020

Feeling inspired? After the program, sign up here to join us for a virtual workshop based on Liana Finck’s comics. Our workshop will occur asynchronously through an email listserv, and everyone can contribute as much or as little as they’d like, at whatever time works best for them. We’ll provide creative writing prompts based on the comics, and we invite you to share your writing and art (or simply enjoy others’)! Find out more about this program on our web calendar. Click here to sign up for this discussion in particular.