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In a show of their commitment to the arts, Study Hotels is creating yet another bridge between university culture and the greater community through their inaugural Writer-in-Residence Program. This brand-wide initiative gives local emerging writers a unique opportunity to hone their craft in Study Hotels’ inspiring environment—a place where even the smallest details are designed around the pursuit of higher learning.

The Study at University City is partnering with Drexel University's Writers Room to select applicants.  Writers Room is a university-community literary arts program engaged in creative placemaking and art for social justice. They are a diverse, intergenerational collective of students/alumni, faculty/staff, and neighborhood residents whose work demonstrates a desire for collaborative opportunities in their joint communities. 

Applications for the Fall 2022 residency are being accepted.  For more information on the application process, please contact 

Danielle Morris

Residency Dates: April 10 - 16, 2022

Danielle Morris, the writer for the Spring 2022 Study Hotels Writer-in-Residence program, Danielle Morris (°1993, Philadelphia) is a self-taught photographer who mainly works in street and self-portraiture. With a conceptual approach, Morris absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice.

Her works are often about the relativity of perception and its direct contrast with the absolution of existence. Morris focuses on the psychosocial effects life's mundane and extraordinary experiences have on people in the ‘public space’ or more specifically, on spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment: the non-private space, the non-privately owned space, and space that is expressed through proximity to her subjects and their otherness to her sense of self. Her method of visual storytelling invokes contemplation and encourages self-reflection, while taking care not to re-traumatize viewers.

Morris is an advanced photography instructor at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, received a curatorial internship at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, was a teaching artist in Drexel University’s ‘Writers Room’ residency, and a contributing artist in the 2018-2019 “Women’s Mobile Museum” residency led by South African visual activist Zanele Muholi. She has exhibited in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ in the Works on Paper Gallery; and the Colored Girls Museum’s 2019 “In Search of the Colored Girl” exhibition. Morris was also a contributing artist in the 2018 SPACES Residency, "Home Court" lead by visual artist Shawn Theodore. She has exhibited at The Barnes Foundation through Let's Connect Philly, where she placed in the top 20 of the participating artists. Commercially, she has worked with Apple, Bulgari, Louboutin, Roc Nation, and Tiffany and Co.



Live Event: Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 6pm

Black Talk
A Language Deferred

This is a love letter to a language I was never meant to have.

African American Vernacular English (AAVE) is the native language of the diaspora. It was born out of defiance and carved from stolen parts, carried in on whispers, and written in blood.

This lecture touches on the structure, history, and cultural usage of AAVE.