Writer's Symposium by the Sea

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Writer’s Symposium by the Sea is an annual event to inspire readers and writers alike, featuring evocative conversations with exemplary writers from various genres, backgrounds, and perspectives. During each interview, the audience is invited to actively listen in as writers share what inspires their writing and delve into the practices that propel their success.

The symposium’s evening interviews feature Dr. Dean Nelson, founder of the Writer’s Symposium by the Sea and director of the Journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University. Past guest writers have included Cornel West, Amy Tan, David Brooks, Alice Walker, Philip Yancey, Anne Lamott, Bill Moyers, and many more.

The 29th Annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea will feature Paulette Jiles, Judy Woodruff, Elizabeth Gilbert, Susan Orlean, and Nick Hornby. For more about the writers and this year's events, click the link below.

29th Annual Event

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PLNU's 25th annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea drew a sold-out audience in Brown Chapel to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet, Alice Walker.

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To maintain the symposium's high-quality programming, we need your help to meet our yearly donation goal of $60,000. Please consider partnering with Writer's Symposium by the Sea by giving an ongoing or one-time, tax-deductible donation. Every gift allows us to provide this unique opportunity to PLNU students and the community.

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