Writer's Symposium by the Sea

Dean Nelson interviews Jeannette Walls at the 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!

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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Our Next Event

2018 Writer's Symposium by the Sea – Writing That Deepens

The next Writer's Symposium by the Sea event will take place on the following dates:

February 19, 2018 – Deepak Chopra (in conjunction with Warwicks Books)
February 20, 2018 – Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres)
February 21, 2018 – Peabody Award winner Krista Tippett (Becoming Wise), host of the podcast "On Being" 
February 22, 2018 – Writing Workshop, "Conflicted: Telling the Stories of Conflicts at Home, Abroad, and in the Heart"
February 22, 2018 – New York Times-bestselling author and legendary athlete Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court)
February 23, 2018 – PLNU Alum Justin Skeesuck and co-author Patrick Gray (I'll Push You)

2018 Writer's Symposium Information

Become a Friend of the Writer's Symposium!

To maintain the symposium's high-quality 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, become a friend of the symposium!

Thank you for your support.

See images of past symposiums by clicking on the photos below

Writer's Symposium by the Sea