The NYUAD Literature and Creative Writing department and its members host a variety of events each year, including lectures, movie screenings, workshops and discussions. Often in collaboration with other departments, the events aim in involve the NYUAD community, and when possible, reach out to a wider Abu Dhabi comunity.


Deepak Unnikrishnan  (Lecturer, Writing Program, NYUAD) and his recent book "Temporary People" featured in Peter C. Baker, "The Stories About Abu Dhabi That Are Rarely Told" (The New Yorker, April 12, 2017)

Writers Reading Series

During the spring 2017 semester, writers from the NYUAD Creative Writing Program will be reading from their work, with Q&A sessions to follow each reading.

  • February 8: Miguel Syjuco
  • February 22: Jill Magi
  • March 29: Jim Savio
  • April 12: Deepak Unnikrishnan
  • April 19: Suketu Mehta
  • April 26: Charles Siebert


"Reading novels and literary theory let me learn about concepts and ideas that changed the way I saw the world around me. When I left the classroom, I felt like I had been given a pair of x-ray goggles that let me see things in a completely new light."

Krishan Mistry, Class of 2016

NYUAD Arts Center

The Literature and Creative Writing department also works closely with the Arts Center in their variety of events. Visit the Arts Center website for more information, events, and their calendar.