Learning the art of writing from a master at his craft.
Recognized as one of the greatest novelists and master storytellers, Alaa Al Aswany is the recipient of 20 international literary honors and awards. His novels are acclaimed in the field of contemporary literature, selling millions of copies in three dozen languages and adapted into film and theater performances. The Times of London selected Al Alswany among the 50 most important novelists in the last half century. He was named at the 2010 Paris Book Fair one of 30 most remarkable non-French writers.
Alaa Al Aswany
Al Aswany is passionate about teaching
and nurturing young
Al Aswany reached international literary acclaim with his groundbreaking novel The Yacoubian Building. Through the prism of a fashionable downtown Cairo building, he exposes the corrupt deal making and exploitative relationships of power in Mubarak’s Egypt. His most recent published novel The Automobile Club of Egypt tells the story of family, servitude, and the struggle for dignity during a time when decaying monarchy and growing resistance to occupation alters a nation’s destiny.
Recognized as one of the greatest novelists and
Al Aswany is the author of sixteen literary works—novels, short story collections, and compendiums of his articles. His op-eds have appeared in such international publications as The New York Times, Le Monde, the Financial Times, and The Guardian. Al Aswany was chosen to be among 21 international writers to publish a monthly column in The New York Times for one year. He pens a weekly column for Deutsche Welle’s Arabic news site and is fluent in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.
Al Aswany is passionate about teaching and nurturing young literary talent. In 2017, he was a visiting professor at Bard College, where he successfully taught a course he devised on the arc of the short story. Receiving accolades from his students, he continues his dedication to education with a series of creative writing workshops in New York City.