Community Discussion Series
The 2020 community discussion series schedule is coming soon.
About UND Writers Conference Community Discussion Series
Formerly UND Writers Conference 101. This spring, the UND Writers Conference celebrates its 49th 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, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Louise Erdrich, Roxane Gay, Sherman Alexie, Sir Salman Rushdie, Alice Walker, as well as a number of this year's participants.
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.
Free and Open to the Public
The UND Writers Conference Community Discussion Series is not a UND course. It is free and open to all! Attend one or attend them all, it's up to you! In fact, the UND Writers Conference Community Discussion Series 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?
51st Annual UND Writers Conference
Come discuss the writers who will be attending the 51st Annual UND Writers Conference, March 25-27, 2020. 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 (and handouts are occasionally provided).
All discussions are on Sundays, 2-3:00 pm at the Archives Coffee House. The sessions are free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the lot
behind Archives. And, this year, we're also providing free coffee to go with our conversation!
February 2, 2020: A discussion on the poetry by Roy G. Guzmán with Crystal Alberts, UND Department of English.
February 9, 2020: A discussion on Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang with Haley Hamilton, UND Department of English.
February 16, 2020: A discussion on Eat the Apple by Matt Young with Crystal Alberts, UND Department of English.
February 23, 2020: A discussion on the work of Laila Lalami with Patrick Henry, UND Department of English.
March 1, 2020: A discussion on A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison by Dwayne Betts with Daphne Pedersen, UND Department of Sociology.
March 8, 2020: A presentation on the work of our visiting artist (TBA) with Nicole Derenne, UND Department of Art & Design.
Books for the 2020 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!
Director, UND Writers Conference