Creative Writing Institute

Upcoming Events

All events will take place in the Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere), unless otherwise indicated.


30 May, 6:30-8pm, Aula Magna Regina, Reading by American Academy in Rome, Rome Prize-Winning Writers Jack Livings and Matthew Null.

Jack LivingsJack Livings’ story collection The Dog won the 2015 PEN / Robert W. Bingham Prize, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, a Times Literary Supplement Best Book of the Year, and one of New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani’s top ten books of 2014. His stories have appeared in A Public Space, The Paris Review, Tin House, StoryQuarterly, and Best American Short Stories and have been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford and is currently the John Guare Writer’s Fund Rome Prize in Literature Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

Matthew NullMatthew Neill Null is author of the story collection Allegheny Front (Sarabande) and the novel Honey from the Lion (Lookout), which is also forthcoming from Bompiani in Italian translation. A writer from West Virginia, he is the recipient of the O. Henry Award and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. He is currently the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellow in Literature at the American Academy in Rome.

31 May, 6:30-8pm, Aula Magna Regina, Writer in Residence Frederic Tuten, Conversation on Modern Art, Writers and Painters, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Frederic Tuten, photo by Ania GrucaFrederic Tuten has written about art, literature and film in several periodicals including Art Forum, The New York Times, Vogue; was an actor in an Alain Resnais movie; taught with Paul Bowles in Morocco; co-wrote the cult-classic film Possession, and along the way, earned a PhD in literature, three Pushcart Prizes, an O. Henry Prize Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the author of five novels: The Adventures of Mao on the Long March; Tintin in the New World; Tallien: A Brief Romance; Van Gogh's Bad Café; The Green Hour; and a book of inter-related short stories: Self Portraits: Fictions.

6 June, 6:30-9pm, Aula Magna Regina, Screening of film, Possession, followed by discussion with screenwriter, Writer in Residence Frederic Tuten.

7 June, 6:30-8pm, Aula Magna Regina, Reading by Iris Smyles

Iris SmylesAward winning author of the novels Iris Has Free Time and Dating Tips for the Unemployed, Iris Smyles has published short stories and essays in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, BOMB, Vogue, The New York Observer, Paris Review Daily, Guernica, McSweeny's Internet Tendency, and Best American Travel Writing among other publications, anthologies, and artist catalogs. She was a humor columnist for Splice Today, edited and wrote the afterword for the cult humor book The Capricious Critic, and lives in New York City and online at

13 June, 6:30-8pm, Aula Magna Regina, Craft Talk by Writer in Residence Frederic Tuten. Introduced by former JCU Writer in Residence Edmund White.

14 June, 6:30-8pm, Aula Magna Regina, Reading by Writer in Residence Frederic Tuten, Introduced by Chiara Barzini.

20 June, 6:30-8 pm, Aula Magna Regina, Reading by Sarah Wetzel.

Sarah WetzelSarah Wetzel is the author of River Electric with Light, which won the AROHO Poetry Publication Prize and was published by Red Hen Press in 2015, and Bathsheba Transatlantic, which won the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry and was published in 2010. Sarah teaches creative writing workshops at Tel Aviv University and Bar Ilan University in Israel, and, when they let her, at The American University of Rome while splitting time between Manhattan, Tel Aviv, and Rome. You can read more of her work at


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