This spring, the UND Writers Conference celebrates its 44th anniversary. In 1970, the late John Little, a professor in UND’s English Department, was missing some of his literary friends from the South. He decided to invite them to share their words here in North Dakota, and thus a rich artistic tradition began. Since that first conference, some of the most laudable names in literature have visited the UND campus, including Allen Ginsberg, Truman Capote, Edward Albee, Louise Erdrich, Thomas McGrath, Sherman Alexie, Sir Salman Rushdie, Alice Walker, as well as a number of this year's participants. A full listing is available at http://www.undwritersconference.org/wc-authorsA_Z.html.
More than 2000 lovers of literature from all over North Dakota, as well as beyond our borders descend on the campus to listen to panel discussions, readings, and ask their questions of nationally and internationally prominent authors.
So . . . wouldn’t it be nice if everyone who attended had read the authors’ books? Go on, admit it: you went to the talks, loved the authors, bought their books – even had them signed – and then you just never got around to reading them. They sit on your bookshelf taunting you, daring you to buy one more book before you read them first.
Writers Conference 101 is designed to assuage the guilt over unread books. It’s also designed to get you acquainted with some of the authors whom you might not know. Even the most voracious reader may not be familiar with the work of some of these award winning writers. In fact, conference planners frequently receive praise for introducing readers to writing that challenges and inspires. But, again, wouldn’t it be nice to be acquainted with the work before the author arrives?
Each session will begin with a brief overview of the author, followed by questions and discussion of the book title. Even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book selection yet, organizers encourage everyone to stop by for the discussion.
Come discuss the writers who will be attending the 44th Annual UND Writers Conference, March 19-March 23, 2013. All discussions are on Sundays, 2-3:30 pm at the UND Bookstore. There’s no cost and no need to do homework. In fact, everyone who attends gets an “A+” whether they’re familiar with the author’s work or not.
All Writers Conference 101 Sessions will be held at the UND Bookstore - Conference Room and begin at 2 p.m.
- Jan 20: Discussion of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina with Linda Baeza Porter, graduate student, Department of English.
- Jan 27: Discussion of Richard Bausch's Wives and Lovers with Adam Kitzes, Associate Professor of English.
- Feb 3: Discussion of Ed Bok Lee's Real Karaoke People with Crystal Alberts, Assistant Professor of English/Co-Director, UND Writers Conference.
- Feb 10: Discussion of Tony Kushner's Angels in America with Linda Baeza Porter, Cameron Kelsall, and Meghan Hurley, graduate students, Department of English.
- Feb 17: Discussion of Nick Flynn's The Ticking is the Bomb with Cameron Kelsall, graduate student, Department of English.
- Feb 24: Discussion of Mary Jo Bang's poetry with Heidi Czerwiec, Associate Professor of English/Co-Director, UND Writers Conference.
- Mar 3: Discussion of Cheryl Strayed's Wild with Meghan Hurley and Roger Powell, graduate students, Department of English.
- Mar 10: Discussion of Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story with Abbey Numedahl, graduate student, Department of English.
Books for the 2013 Writers Conference are currently on sale at the UND Bookstore.
Co-director, UND Writers Conference
Co-director, UND Writers Conference