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Writer's Symposium by the Sea 2014 
Writing that's Raw
February 20, 25-27, 2014

Afternoon Workshop Information


Evening Interviews:


JeannetteWalls_small.pngJeannette Walls
February 26, 7 p.m.
Brown Chapel, PLNU
Cost: $15 general, $5 student

Jeannette Walls drew from her nomadic childhood with negligent but interesting parents for her memoir The Glass Castle and her colorful grandmother for Half-Broke Horses: A True Life Novel. Her latest, The Silver Star, continues to explore dysfunctional family love and loyalty. Catch Walls' afternoon workshop "Writing Across Genres," Wednesday, February 26th at 3:30pm-5:00pm.


AnneLamott_small.pngAnne Lamott
February 27, 7 p.m.
Brown Chapel, PLNU
Cost: $15 general, $5 student

Anne Lamott is the author of Bird by Bird, Traveling Mercies, and Operating Instructions. Her newest book, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair, was released October 2013.


DonaldMiller_small.pngDonald Miller's Storyline Conference
February 27-March 1
Brown Chapel, PLNU

Come and plan a meaningful life. Three days of mayhem, strategizing, and fun. It’s like no other conference on earth. Join us!
Learn more about Storyline >

SamuelFreedman_small.pngSamuel Freedman
February 20, 7 p.m.
Salomon Theatre, PLNU
Cost: $10 general


Award-winning author, professor and New York Times columnist Samuel Freedman is a master storyteller known for his insightful, well-researched writing that creates powerful narratives of people engaged with the issues of race, faith, and other issues of social justice faced by modern American culture. Books include Breaking the Line, Jew vs. Jew, Small Victories, Letters to a Young Journalist, and more. Freedman is also presenting an afternoon workshop this same day at 1:30, “Trust Me, I’m A Writer”.


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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.


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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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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  or call (800) 345-9995.