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Creative Writing Workshop by Hossein Abkenar (3rd Series)

PACSA proudly presents:

After two series of very successful Creative Writing workshops by Hossein Abkenar, PACSA is excited to announce the 3rd series of this workshop (in Farsi) which will be held on August 11th, 12th 2018 at USC.
The 3rd series of the workshop focuses mainly on postmodern literature following topics on detective fiction, classical content & literature, and magical realism.

The 3rd series is independent of the previous series and attending in the 1st and 2nd series is not a prerequisite for the 3rd series; there is no requirement, all you need is a passion for reading or writing. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their own writings (if they have any) in the group or individually and get feedback from Mr. Abkenar.
Space is limited for this workshop. Please reserve your spot at the link below.

Date and Time:
Saturday August 11, 2018 - 10:30am to 6pm
Sunday August 12, 2018 - 10:30am to 6pm
Location: USC - RTH 306
Register at:

دوره سوم کارگاه داستان نویسی خلاق توسط حسین مرتضائیان آبکنار (به فارسی) با تمرکز بر آموزش جریان و ادبیات پست مدرن، داستان پلیسی، رئالیسم جادویی,، و متون کهن در تاریخ ۱۱ و ۱۲ آگوست در دانشگاه USC برگزار می شود.

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 the University of Tehran and Karnameh Institute of Arts and Culture in Iran.