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Drexel Writing Festival

The Drexel Writing Festival takes place annually during the Spring Quarter. This year's schedule of events is listed below. All events are free and open to the public and will take place in the Perelman Center for Jewish Life at 118 N. 34th Street in Philadelphia unless otherwise noted.

May 17, 2021


12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Inside Out
A discussion and workshop about learning behind bars led by Stacey Ake.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Exposing What They Want To Stay Hidden: Finding and Executing Investigative Stories
A discussion by Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Lisa Gartner

Presented by the Department of Communication

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

A Reading by MFA Students
Hosted by Nomi Eve

Presented by Drexel’s MFA in Creative Writing

May 18, 2021


12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Reading by Fiction Writer Karen E. Bender and Robert Anthony Siegel

Karen E. Bender is a National Book Award finalist and author of The New Order
Robert Anthony Siegel is an award winning author of Criminals: My Family’s Life on Both Sides of the Law

2 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Fiction Workshop led by Karen E. Bender

Karen E. Bender is a National Book Award finalist and author of The New Order

2 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Memoir Workshop led by Robert Anthony Siegel

Robert Anthony Siegel is an award winning author of Criminals: My Family’s Life on Both Sides of the Law

May 19, 2021


12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Free Speech on Campus led by Jonathan Friedman

Presented by Drexel PEN Society

1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Department Awards Reading

Presented by the Department of English & Philosophy

2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Reading and Discussion by Artress Bethany White
Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity

May 20, 2021


11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

"Appearances Can Be Deceiving, But So Can Disappearances": Satire in The Great American Deception
A presentation by Scott Stein

12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Micro Workshops in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
(by RSVP only: hpi22@drexel.edu)
Valerie Fox: Poetry, Maegan Poland: Fiction, Robert Watts: Non-Fiction

2 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Man of Mystery: A Magician’s Memoir
Fred Siegel performs his one man show

3:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Department Awards Ceremony and Reception

Presented by the Department of English & Philosophy

May 21, 2021


12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

The Food Voice and the Writer's Voice: Culinary Deceptions?
A Culinary Writing Workshop with Jonathan Deutsch

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Poetry Reading and Q&A
Whiting Award Winning poet Kayleb Rae Candrilli

Presented by The Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Poetry Workshop
Whiting Award Winning poet Kayleb Rae Candrilli

Presented by The Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion

For more information about the Drexel Writing Festival please contact Henry Israeli at hpi22@drexel.edu