In Solidarity: RAWI Creative Writing Workshop – Saturday, March 18

RAWI (The Radius of Arab American Writers) is sponsoring a one-day workshop in Washington, DC. As part of a series of  workshops held in different cities, the In Solidarity: RAWI Creative Writing Workshop is designed for Arab-and Muslim-American writers, writers of color, and writers from any marginalized communities.


Purpose: To work on literary craft in the pursuit of raising our voices

Who Should Attend?: Any writer who is a person of color, a member of an historically marginalized community, and/or an ally. We especially invite Arab- and Muslim- American writers to participate.

Date: March 18, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Johns Hopkins University, 1717 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (DuPont Circle)

Cost: $30 per person (includes breakfast plus one book)

Register: click here:

  • A featured workshop (“What Are You?” and “Where Are You From?”: A Personal Essay Writing Workshop) by author and activist Willona Sloan*
  • Genre-specific workshops (poetry, fiction, essay) to focus on craft and offer constructive feedback
  • A panel on publishing and marketing your writing, featuring authors and literary journal editors
  • A signed copy of a book by one of our generous allies!**
  • A light breakfast/coffee sponsored by Barrelhouse Magazine.
  • An opportunity to network with other writers and editors
  • A supportive and energizing environment!

10am: Registration/Breakfast and Mingling (Coffee, Bagels, Hummus provided by Barrelhouse)

10:05: Welcome and Introduction

10:15-11:30: Getting Published: Making Your Voice Heard: Panelists include Eugenia Kim,Jen Michalski, Gowri Koneswaran, Rion Amilcar Scott, Chris Gonzalez, and Tara Campbell

11:45-12:45: WORKSHOPS
Fiction Workshops : (Leader TBA)
Poetry Workshops : Led by Lalita Noronha
Nonfiction Workshops : (Leader TBA)

12:45-1:45pm: Lunch (on your own at DuPont Circle)

2:00-3:30: “What Are You?” “Where Are You From?”: Personal Essay Writing Workshop, led by Willona Sloan (details below)

3:45-4pm: Solidarity Meeting: Share thoughts about the day, exchange information, pick up free book.

Supporters: Barrelhouse Magazine and Johns Hopkins University’s MA in Writing Program

Questions?: Email RAWI’s Workshop Coordinator Susan Muaddi Darraj susanmd (at)
* “What Are You?” “Where Are You From?” Personal Essay Writing Workshop

This personal essay workshop will focus on the theme of writing about racial and cultural identity. Through a combination of reading, discussion and guided writing exercises, we will explore issues of discrimination and assimilation, while also celebrating our unique racial and cultural identities. Readings will include texts by Elmaz Abinader, Joseph Boyden and Toni Morrison. We will discuss strategies for writing a moving personal essay and develop new writing in-class. Open to writers of all levels.

** Thanks to the authors who have contributed signed copies of their books to In Solidarity: Sohrab Fracis, Laura Shovan, Chris Abani, Jen Michalski, Rion Amilcar Scott, Hayan Charara, Randa Jarrar, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Lalita Noronha, Eugenia Kim, Tara Campbell, and more!!!! We are grateful for your solidarity!