The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center visiting international fellows serve three purposes. First, they use their residency to work on creative writing projects—whether essay, fiction, poetry, drama or journalism. Second, they use their time to teach and educate, both informally and formally, the larger George Mason community. Fellows give a public presentation and reading of their work, guest teach, and are available for George Mason’s students and faculty through set office hours. Finally, each writer is exposed to the George Mason community and the broader Washington, DC metropolitan area. Writers can attend lectures on campus, PEN/Faulkner events in Washington, DC, or soak up the vibrant international culture of the nation’s capital.
We also sponsor events that correspond with issues in these writers’ countries—whether political, economic, religious or cultural. The goal of these events is to partner the writers’ knowledge of their home countries with the knowledge of the hundreds of renowned thinkers, scholars and artists from within the Washington, D.C. community.