Writer's Symposium by the Sea

Writers Symposium

Writer’s Symposium by the Sea is an annual event that brings interviews with innovative creators, life stories, examples of great writing, and evocative conversation to PLNU that inspire readers and writers alike. Past guests have included Ray Bradbury, Anne Lamott, Philip Yancey, Dave Eggers, Amy Tan, Bill McKibben, Donald Miller, George Plimpton, and many more.

The evening interviews, conducted by symposium founder Dr. Dean Nelson, feature lively conversations about the stories behind the author’s stories. As a member of the audience, you will get to eavesdrop on these exchanges and perhaps even interact with the writer during a Q&A session. 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!

25th Annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea


Sonia Nazario, Feb. 25, 2020
Enrique's Journey, Opinion Writer for New York Times


Pico Iyer, Feb. 26, 2020
The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

Alice Walker, Feb. 27, 2020
The Color Purple, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

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Videos of Past Events

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

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