Pars Arts Twitters Irvine: the Iranian-American Writers Association

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The Inauguration of the Association of Iranian-American Writers is happening at UC Irvine tomorrow, in a workshop format that will address issues of representation and etc. It’s hosted by UCI’s Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture and its director, Nasrin Rahimieh, as well as writer and professor Persis Karim and journalist Homa Sarshar. Here’s a press release on Payvand News, and here’s the full day’s schedule. It’s free and open to the public, so please come if you can.

The attendees include people like novelists Porochista Khakpour and Anita Amirrezvani. And I’ll be there to talk about the Internet and blogs and self-publishing and social media, on a panel with Jahanshah Javid of Iranian.com. My talk will probably be mostly focused on the benefits for writers in engaging with their readership online.

I may not have wireless access there, but I will be talking to people, taking pictures, possibly shooting some video, and updating microblog site Twitter constantly throughout the day via my cell phone. You can follow that “coverage” at twitter.com/parsarts.

Iranian.com Redesign!

Iranian.com redesign
Just accidentally discovered the redesigned Iranian.com, which looks really, really great. Very “web 2.0″ layout, blogs, soon-to-come RSS feeds, and even a more intuitive URL structure, which is fantastic. The couple of things I hope will be added as well are breadcrumb navigation, a sitemap, and the ability to comment without registering for the site, which will make the user experience that much better. I don’t think the redesign has officially launched, but here’s a preliminary bravo to Jahanshah Javid and Iranian.com!