27th Annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea

Writer's Symposium

The 27th Annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea will be February 22-25, 2022 featuring Cornel West, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and David Brooks.

Join us for evening interviews with writers, afternoon workshops, and a filmmaker event.

Events are currently being scheduled as in-person events on the PLNU Main Campus.

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Nadia Bolz-Weber

NADIA BOLZ-WEBER (Feb 22, 2022)

Nadia Bolz-Weber is an ordained Lutheran Pastor, founder of House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver, Co and  the author of three NYT bestselling memoirs: Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith Of A Sinner & Saint (2013), Accidental Saints: Finding God In All The Wrong People (2015) and SHAMELESS: A Sexual Reformation (2019).

In 2017, she won the coveted Audience Award at the Nantucket Project. Bolz-Weber has been featured in The New YorkerThe Washington PostNPR’s Morning EditionFresh Air, More, and on CNN and the BBC World Service.

Her latest project is a podcast, The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber, a partnership with PRX and The Moth.

David Brooks

DAVID BROOKS (Feb 23, 2022)

David Brooks is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times. He is a commentator on The PBS NewshourNPR's "All Things Considered" and NBC's Meet the Press.

His books include Bobos in ParadiseThe Social Animal and The Road to Character (a #1 NYT bestseller). His latest book is The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (also a #1 NYT bestseller).

He has written for The Wall Street JournalThe Weekly Standard, and is a contributing editor for The Atlantic and Newsweek.

FILMMAKER EVENT (Feb 24, 2022)

Filmmaker event to feature award-winning films, including interviews with their writers/directors. Event also to include screening of Driftwood Film Contest winners.

More details coming soon.

Cornel West

CORNEL WEST (Feb 25, 2022)

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative intellectual. He is Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair at Union Theological Seminary. He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at nineteenth and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies.

West was previously Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.


2021 Writer's Symposium Donors

Writer's Symposium by the Sea continues thanks to the support of our donors, who believe in this event and provide financial contributions.

Thank you to the following: 

PLNU Department of Literature, Journalism, Writing, & Languages
Center for Justice & Reconciliation
PLNU Office of Diversity & Black Student Union
Society of Professional Journalists
Oarsmen Foundation
The Rasak Family
Dr. John & Lori Dedic
Mery Olive Bangs Endowment
Lawrence & Suzanne Hess
Ronald Lauderbach & Kathleen Hurder
Dr. David & Elizabeth Ostrander
Phyllis Skidgel
Daniel K. O'Neill
David & Elinore Vandegrift

Donations are tax-deductible.


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