Renowned Author Hosts Groundbreaking Writing Workshop

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Zaina Arafat, an LGBTQ Arab/Muslim-American writer and visiting assistant professor for the Department of Communications & Film, hosted a “Writing About Identity” workshop to discuss the challenges of depicting nuances of identity in the written word. Arafat’s debut novel, You Exist Too Much, was recognized as the most anticipated book of 2020 by O, The Oprah Magazine, Good Morning America, Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. Her stories and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vice, BuzzFeed, NPR, and other major national and international publications.