Zeyn Joukhadar Residency & Writing Workshop

March 5 — April 25, 2019

In March and April 2019, Zeyn Joukhadar will be a resident artist at the Arab American National Museum (AANM). He will be using AANM’s historical archives to research the history of the Syrian American community over the last century for a new novel. The novel tells the story of two friends separated in the 1930s when one of their families leaves Syria for New York, and a contemporary descendant who, against a backdrop of American racism, Islamophobia, and violence, seeks to reunite them before it’s too late. 

Joukhadar is the author of the novel The Map of Salt and Stars (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster 2018), which will be translated into sixteen languages, won the 2018 Middle East Book Award and was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist in Historical Fiction. His work has appeared in Salon, The Paris Review Daily, The Kenyon Review and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. He has previously given writing workshops in conjunction with the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), Mizna and the Beit al-Atlas artist residency in Beirut.

Writing Workshops with Zeyn Joukhadar FREE

While in residency at AANM, Zeyn Joukhadar will present a series of FREE workshops for writers in the community interested in generating new work, developing their writing craft and strengthening their work for publication. No prior experience or publication is necessary to participate in the workshop. 

Send the following materials to and by March 8, 2019:
  • A short bio introducing yourself (no more than 150 words) and a statement (no more than 300 words) on your artistic practice, why you would like to participate in the workshop and your goals for your writing.
  • One prose sample (short story or essay/creative nonfiction piece) no longer than 2000 words OR one poetry sample (up to five poems).
  • Optional: Please indicate if transportation to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn would be a hardship for you (for example, applicants coming from Detroit without a car), as there may be flexibility in the location of the workshop.
  • Optional: You may choose to include a CV of related experiences or achievements if you have one, but it is not required.

Applicants will be notified of the decision by March 13, 2019.

Applicants should be 16 years of age or older. Inclusion of black and indigenous writers, undocumented writers, queer and trans (including nonbinary and/or gender nonconforming) writers, disabled writers, recent immigrants and people of color will be prioritized, particularly those without formal writing training whose applications demonstrate passion for and commitment to their work. The workshop will be conducted primarily in English, but non-native English speakers are welcome to apply. You may choose to mention how you identify in your statement, particularly as it intersects with your work, but this is not required.

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