Workshop 1 – Reflections: One Year Later

Date: August 3, 2021

Presenter: Eran Williams

Eran Williams is currently the Regional English Language Officer at U.S. Department of State. He supports EFL teaching through training teachers and managing Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs exchange programs such as the English Language Fellows, English Language Specialists, E-Teacher Scholarships, and English Access Microscholarships. Williams has an MFA in creative writing from San Jose State University. His publications have appeared in several literary magazines. 


Workshop 2 – Understanding & Expressing Trauma Through Writing

Date: September 18 & 25, 2021

Presenter: Zeina Daccache

Zeina Daccache is a Lebanese actress, director, and drama therapist. She is the founder and director of Catharsis: Lebanon’s first organization dedicated to utilizing theatre as a social and psychological therapy tool. Her theatre productions have a dual purpose: to help participants deal with their own psychological trauma and to give voice to marginalized and disadvantaged communities within Lebanon.


Workshop 3 – Collective/Participatory Biography Writing for Trauma Acknowledgment &   Beyond

Date: November 13, 2021

Presenter: Sleiman El Hajj

Sleiman El Hajj is assistant professor of Creative and Journalistic Writing at the Lebanese American University. El Hajj studied creative writing at Exeter College, the University of Oxford (2014), and completed a PhD in the subject at the University of Gloucestershire in England (2013-2017). His doctoral specialism, as are his research interests, is interdisciplinary. It combines fiction, life writing, and 21st-century world literature. El Hajj’s research interests include creative nonfiction, gender studies, narrative constructions of home, queer theory, and Middle Eastern literature.