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Writers Conference 101

2017 UND Writers Conference 101 

2018 UND Writers Conference 101 Schedule will be announced late 2017!


This year's UND Writers Conference 101 will feature:

Viet Thanh Nguyen NoViolet Bulawayo Selected poems by Mai Der Vang Jennine Capó Crucet

Selected poems by Layli Long Soldier Art by Mario Ybarra, Jr.


About UND Writers Conference 101:

This spring, the UND Writers Conference celebrates its 47th anniversary. In 1970, the late John Little, a professor in UND’s English Department, was missing some of his literary friends from the South. He decided to invite them to share their words here in North Dakota, and thus a rich artistic tradition began. Since that first conference, some of the most laudable names in literature have visited the UND campus, including Allen Ginsberg, Truman Capote, Tony Kushner, Louise Erdrich, Roxane Gay, Sherman Alexie, Sir Salman Rushdie, Alice Walker, as well as a number of this year's participants. Full listing of past authors

Around 2000 lovers of literature from all over North Dakota, as well as beyond our borders descend on the campus to listen to panel discussions, readings, and ask their questions of nationally and internationally prominent authors.

Writers Conference 101 is designed to get you acquainted with some of the authors whom you might not know. Even the most voracious reader may not be familiar with the work of some of these award winning writers. In fact, conference planners frequently receive praise for introducing readers to writing that challenges and inspires. But, wouldn’t it be nice to be acquainted with the work before the author arrives?

Come discuss the writers who will be attending the 48th Annual UND Writers Conference, March 22-24, 2017.

Each session will begin with a brief overview of the author, followed by questions and discussion of the book title. Even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book selection yet, organizers encourage everyone to stop by for the discussion.

Each session will begin with a brief overview of the author, followed by questions and discussion of the book title. Even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book selection yet, organizers encourage everyone to stop by for the discussion.

All discussions are on Sundays, 2-3:00 pm at the Grand Forks Public Library (conference room, unless otherwise noted) and are free and open to the public.

2017 SCHEDULE

February 5: Selected poems by Mai Der Vang (discussion led by Sheila Liming)

February 12: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Discussion led by Brian Schill)

February 19: "Whereas" by Layli Long Soldier (Discussion led by Crystal Alberts)

February 26: Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet (Discussion led by David Haeselin)

March 5: On the art of Mario Ybarra, Jr. (Discussion led by Nicole Derenne) (pdf of presentation available here)

March 12: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Discussion led by Rebecca Weaver-Hightower)

Books for the 2017 Writers Conference will be on sale at the UND Bookstore and Ferguson Books and Media

Some or all may also be available for check out at local libraries, including Grand Forks Public, East Grand Forks Campbell Library, and UND's Chester Fritz Library (community members may use the Chester Fritz Library and can obtain a library card)!

Questions?

Contact:
Crystal Alberts
Director, UND Writers Conference
777-2393
crystal.alberts@email.und.edu