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2017 is the 20th Anniversary for the John Fowles Center!

Please join us next year to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. See a list of authors below and mark your calendars today! Check back for more exciting news and events happeing in the Spring!

The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing serves to promote and advance the discipline of creative writing in all its aspects: fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction and film.

The Center offers students and non-students alike an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the "written word" and those who write it. Each year a distinguished group of national and international writers is invited to Chapman University, making these writers available not only to the Chapman community, but to the Orange County and, by extension, the Southern California community as well.

Now into its second decade, The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing has invited to Chapman such national and international writers as: Salman Rushdie, Luisa Valenzuela, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gioconda Belli, Alicia Partnoy, Raymond Federman, Steve Katz, Ronald Sukenick, Raúl Zurita, Elizabeth George, Ralph Berry, David Matlin, Charles Bernstein, Larry McCaffery, Alicia Kozameh, Fanny Howe, David Antin, and Willis Barnstone.

+ - 2017 Speakers

Feb. 13, 2017 - Karen Yamashita

Mar. 13, 2017 - Giuseppe Conte

Apr. 3, 2017 - Luisa Valenzuela

Apr. 17, 2017 - Claudio Magris

May 1, 2017 - Charles Bernstein

TBA - Dacia Maraini

The events begin at 5 p.m. and are generally held in Henley Reading Room on the second floor of Leatherby Libraries. All events are free and open to the public.

+ - History

While on a sabbatical in 1996 at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, Dr. Mark Axelrod met a professor who had established the Arthur Miller Centre for American Studies. One of the Center's distinguishing features was that it invited national and international writers to speak while they happened to be in the UK.

Coincidentally, UEA was looking for other institutions that might have an interest in being part of a consortium to run John Fowles estate as a writers’ retreat after he died. Dr. Axelrod, having known Fowles a decade earlier through some correspondence, agreed to meet with Fowles to discuss the possibility of Chapman joining the consortium.

Dr. Axelrod traveled to Fowles’ estate in Lyme Regis where they discussed future plans; during the conversations, Dr. Axelrod seized the opportunity to ask Fowles if he would be willing to attach his name to a center at Chapman similar to the one at UEA.

John Fowles replied, “If it would be helpful to promote creative writing for students, then by all means.”  And so the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing was born.

Over the years, the JFC has invited some of the most distinguished writers in the world including Salman Rushdie, Luisa Valenzuela, Lawerence Ferlinghetti, John Ashbery, Gioconda Belli, Alicia Partnoy, Alicia Kozameh, Hiber Conteris, Raymond Federman, Steve Katz, Ronald Sukenick, Raúl Zurita, Elizabeth George, David Matlin, Laurie Stone, Charles Bernstein, Larry McCaffery, Willis Barnstone, Dacia Maraini, Francesca Duranti, Giuseppe Conte and many more. Not only has it become a Chapman University institution, but it has gained regional, national and international notoriety and has become a draw for students and community alike.

+ - JFC Literary Forum Posters

Take a look at all the past posters for the JFC Literary Forum events.

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2007 Potser for the 10th anniversary

JFC 2007 Special Event Poster Special 2007 Poster for the 10th anniversary
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