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Creative Writing Workshop by Hossein Abkenar (Second Series)

After the very successful Creative Writing Workshop by Hossein Abkenar in 2016, PACSA is excited to announce the 2nd series of this workshop (in Farsi) which will be held on February 25th, 26th 2017 at USC.
The 2nd series of the workshop focuses on writing styles and techniques which include the structure and literature forms such as surrealism, magic realism, minimalism, post-modernism, stream of consciousness, detective stories, Nouveau roman, and classical contents.
The 2nd series is independent of the 1st series; there is no requirement for attending. All you need is passion for reading and writing.
Space is limited for this workshop. Please reserve your spot at the link below. Upon registration, a link to some optional reading materials will be sent to you along with your confirmation. Attendees will have the opportunity to read their own writings (if there is any) during the workshop and get feedback from Mr. Abkenar.
Date and Time:
Saturday February 25, 2017 - 10am to 6pm
Sunday February 26, 2017 - 10am to 6pm
Location: USC - KAP 164
Register at:

سری دوم کارگاه داستان نویسی خلاق توسط حسین مرتضائیان آبکنار ( به فارسی ) با تمرکز بر آموزش سبک ها و شیوه ها و بحث های ساختار و محتوا, مثل مینیمالیسم, جریان سیال ذهن, رمان نو, داستان پلیسی, رئالیسم جادویی, پست مدرنیسم, و متون کهن درتاریخ ۲۵ و ۲۶ فوریه در دانشگاه USC برگزار میشود.

About Hossein Abkenar:
Hossein Abkenar is an Iranian fiction writer and screenwriter. His 2006 novel, A Scorpion on the Steps of Andimeshk Railroad Station, received numerous awards including Golshiri Foundation Award and has been translated into multiple languages. Abkenar’s short story collection, The French Perfume, won the Yalda Literature Award for the year’s best short story collection in 2003. His screenplay, No One Knows About Persian Cats, earned a prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

Abkenar was a 2013-14 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and is now a City of Asylum Fellow at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During these fellowship years, he has been working on his novel, Darkness. Darkness covers three decades in Iran’s history. Hossein Abkenar was also a former writing teacher at University of Tehran and Karnameh Institute of Arts and Culture in Iran.

This event made possible with the generous support of Farhang Foundation.