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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.


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2023 Speakers

Christopher Reid: Feb. 13, 2023
British Poet and author of the book and film, Song of Lunch, starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson 

Lucian Teodorovici: Feb. 26, 2023
Romanian writer and author of the novel, Our Circus Presents and winner of the 2012 "Augustin Frăţilă" literary prize for the best novel of the year 

José Eduardo Agualusa: Mar. 13, 2023
Angolan writer and author of the novel, The Book of Chameleons. First African writer to win the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize  award since its inception in 1990  

Mikhail Shiskin: Apr. 3, 2023
Russian writer and author of The Caligraphy Lesson. Winner of the Russian Booker Prize, 2000 and the 2022 Premio Strega Europeo 

Andrei Kurkov: May 1, 2023
Ukrainian writer and author of the novel, Gray Bees. Considered one of the premier Ukrainian writers writing today whose novel Grey Bees, which has "elements of both the fable and the epic," dramatizes the conflict in Ukraine through the adventures of a beekeeper.