Writing to Inspire!

Join us for the 21st Annual Writer’s Symposium, a witty and informative interview-based experience where the audience gets to eavesdrop on conversations between authors about the art and angst of writing.

Dick Enberg
Tuesday, Feb. 16
7:00 pm 

If you have listened to sports on the radio or watched it on television anywhere in the world, you have heard Dick Enberg exclaim “Oh My!” His essays on sports are as legendary as his voice.In addition to his autobiography, “Oh My!”, he wrote a play about basketball coach Al McGuire that still travels around the country. Enberg was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 for his broadcasting excellence. 

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Robin Jones Gunn
Wednesday, Feb. 17
7:00 pm 

Robin Jones Gunn has a gift for writing about relationships that reflect depth, values, and eternal love that appeal to everyone. Her books (including the Christy Miller series, Sierra Jensen series, Katie Weldon series, Sisterchicks series, Glenbrooke series, fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books) have sold 5 million copies.

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Nikki Giovanni
Thursday, Feb. 18
7:00 pm

Author, spoken word artist, poet, essayist, professor, Nikki Giovanni has been electrifying audiences for more than 40 years, earning her one of Oprah Winfrey’s Living Legends distinctions.

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Sarah Bessey
Friday, Feb. 19

Sarah Bessey is the author of the best-selling Jesus Feminist, and of the new book Out of Sorts: Making Peace With An Evolving Faith.

 Location - to be announced

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. Specialized afternoon workshops, conducted by published writers, provide tips and insight into the writing process. 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.

Become a Friend of the Writer's Symposium!

To keep the symposium viable at its current high quality of programming, we need your help to meet our yearly goal of $10,000 in donations. Please consider partnering with Writer's Symposium by the Sea by giving a tax-deductible donation. Every gift counts, no matter the size. Friends may give a one-time donation or an ongoing monthly gift.  By doing so, you will be partnering with like-minded people dedicated to keeping the Writer's Symposium dream alive!

For more information and to make a donation, please go to YES, I want to be a Friend of the Symposium!

Thank you for your support.

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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San Diego Lodging for Writer's Symposium

PLNU and Bartell Hotels offer a unique opportunity for friends and family to get reduced rates at some of the finest hotels in San Diego and at the same time contribute to student scholarships at PLNU. All seven Bartell Hotels are conveniently located near Point Loma Nazarene University. Most of the Bartell Hotels provide courtesy airport transportation and free parking. For more information, visit our website www.plnupartnership.com  or call (800) 345-9995.