Best of the Arts 2009: Kelly Writers House

Penn Gazette Arts
December 31, 2009

2009 Writers House Fellow Joan Didion

Highlight of the year: Writer Joan Didion's two-day visit in March. As a 2009 Writers House Fellow, Didion read from her 2005 book The Year of Magical Thinking, which chronicles the year following her husband's death. (In 2007, she adapted the book into a play, which appeared on Broadway.) The morning after her reading, Didion returned to the Writers House for the traditional Writers Fellow brunch and hour-long discussion.

What's coming in 2010: According to Faculty Director Al Filreis, the Kelly Writers House will host more than 300 programs next year, from seminars and workshops to readings and performances to writing groups and talks. Highlights will include two-day visits from the 2010 Writers House Fellows: novelist Joyce Carol Oates, poet Susan Howe and screenwriter David Milch.