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Please join us next year for the 2021 Literary Arts Reading Series. A list of authors is forthcoming. Check back for more exciting news and events happening 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, Nobel Laureates Wole Soyinka and Mario Vargas Llosa; Salman Rushdie; Lawrence Ferlinghetti; Charles Bernstein; Edward Albee; Alain Robbe-Grillet; Maxine Hong Kingston; Raymond Federman; Steve Katz; David Antin; Dacia Maraini; Luisa Valenzuela; Elias Khoury; Erri De Luca; Gioconda Belli; Raúl Zurita; Karen Tei Yamashita; Lucian Dan Teodorovici; Zufikar Ghose; Giuseppe Conte, Isabel Allende, Giorgio Pressburger and Claudio Magris among many others.


It is with great sadness to share the news of the loss of writer, Hiber Conteris in June 2020. Mr. Conteris was one of the most enthusiastic of writers to have visited the Fowles Center. He was 86.

El martes 2 de junio murió con 86 años el gran dramaturgo, narrador, ensayista y docente uruguayo Hiber Conteris.  

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2022 Speakers

Spring 2022 Speakers

  • Feb. 14: Regine Hamsun
  • Feb. 28: Dacia Maraini
  • Mar. 14: Luisa Valenzuela
  • Apr. 25: Charles Bernstein
  • May 9: Ferlinghettifest (George Krevsky, Art agent; Robert Barsky, LitCrit; Barbara Epler, Publisher ND)