February 21 - 23, 2017 - On the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University

Robert Pinsky

U.S. Poet Laureate,

performing with the PLNU Jazz Combo for a night of poetry and jazz, in collaboration with the PLNU Cultural Events Series and the Department of Music. Pinsky has written 19 books, mostly of poetry, including Gulf Music, At the Foundling Hospital, Jersey Rain, Poetry

and the World. He has won the PEN/Voelker Award, the

National Endowment for the Humanities, the William Carlos Williams award, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, and many others.

Shauna Niequist


Niequist’s new release is Present Over Perfect: Leaving

Behind Frantic For A Simpler, More Soulful Way Of Living.

Other books include Bread & Wine, Bittersweet, Cold

Tangerines, and Savor. Shauna's visit is in collaboration with PLNU's Women's Studies program, the Office of Spiritual Development, and First Church of the Nazarene.

Tracy Kidder


Kidder won the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Soul of a New Machine. His newest release is A Truck Full of Money.

Other books include Mountains Beyond Mountains, House,

Strength in What Remains, and many others.

New to the Writer's Symposium by the Sea?

Writer’s Symposium by the Sea is an annual event that brings interviews with cutting edge creators, life stories, examples of great writing, and evocative conversation that will inspire the reader and writer alike. The evening interviews, conducted by symposium founder Dean Nelson, feature lively conversations about the stories behind the author’s stories. The audience gets to eavesdrop on these exchanges and even interact with the writer during a Q&A session that follows. You are invited to join us and listen in on what some of today’s cutting edge writers have to say! Past guests have included Ray Bradbury, Anne Lamott, Philip Yancey, Dave Eggers, Amy Tan, Bill McKibben, Donald Miller, George Plimpton, and many more.

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Videos of Past Events

Videos of past Writer's Symposium interviews are available online, including conversations with Anne Lamott, Eugene Peterson, Anchee Min, Bill McKibben, and many more.

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