I Was Becoming: A reading and conversation with writers Elif Batuman, Chelsea Bieker, Monica Sok, and Julie Orringer

Monday, February 8, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

I Was Becoming:
A reading and conversation with writers 
Elif Batuman, Chelsea Bieker, Monica Sok, and Julie Orringer

Monday, February 8
7:00 p.m. ET
Join MacDowell and The Rona Jaffe Foundation to celebrate the 14th year of our partnership with a virtual reading and Q&A featuring writers Elif Batuman, Chelsea Bleker, and Monica Sok, with writer, MacDowell Fellow, and MacDowell board member Julie Orringer as moderator. 

Batuman is a 2007 Rona Jaffe Award recipient and 2018 MacDowell Fellow, Bieker is a 2018 Rona Jaffe Award recipient and 2014 MacDowell Fellow, Orringer is a three-time MacDowell Fellow and a recipient of the 2008 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship at the Cullman Center of the New York Public Library, and Sok is the 2016 Rona Jaffe MacDowell Fellowship recipient.

With themes in the participants' books including imagination, trauma, the search for answers, and the ways in which writing shapes memory and reality, this event promises to engage writers and readers of all generations. 

Please submit questions here for the Q&A by January 21, 11:59 p.m. ET. 

RSVP by clicking the "RSVP" button at the bottom of this page.



The Rona Jaffe Foundation’s programs of support for emerging women writers identify and encourage women writers of exceptional promise in recognition of the important contributions they make to our culture. Our work acknowledges the difficulties some of the most talented among them have in overcoming obstacles in finding time to write and gaining attention. Since 1995, our Writers’ Awards program and additional sponsored fellowships, held at distinguished cultural and educational nonprofit institutions throughout the country, have helped many women build successful writing lives by offering encouragement and financial support at a critical time. More info 



Every dollar counts! Your tax-deductible donation will inspire us all by helping to support our residency program and enabling artists to reach new heights in their work and careers. More info