Writers’ Week

Writers Week

Writers' Week

Writers' Week 2022 will be held Monday, November 7 — Friday, November 11.


Welcome to Writers’ Week 2021! Thank you for joining us to celebrate language, independence of thought, originality, and the indomitable spirit that art brings to life. We gather to write, think and wonder together…

Most events will be offered virtually via the same link and passcode, unless otherwise indicated.

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Meeting ID: 865 6420 7697
Passcode: writeit

During UNCW’s Writers Week, on November 2nd, and in the shadow of Wilmington’s annual reckoning with its violent past as demonstrated in the bloody events of 1898, John Jeremiah Sullivan will be in conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones, one of Time Magazine’s most Influential People of 2021, named for her ability to shine a bright searchlight over American history. “In her light,” Barry Jenkins wrote in September’s issue, “the wounds of America’s original and subsequent sins are laid bare.” Co-sponsored by UNCW Creative Writing and the Office of the Arts

 Reserve tickets for the in-person event,
or pre-register to attend virtually.


Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street, will participate in a UNCW Writers’ Week panel discussion that explores the author’s literary choices and life experiences. This event is a part of the NEA Big Read Cape Fear.

Reserve tickets for the in-person event,
or pre-register to attend virtually.


Writers' Week Schedule (pdf)


Monday, November 1
9:30 am Morning Pages with Sayantani Dasgupta
11:00 am Craft Talk with Lesley Wheeler, “Led by Sound”
1:00 pm Fiction Craft Talk with K-Ming Chang “Fables and the Fantastic: Re-imagining Realism”
5:00 pm Jia Tolentino Reading
Tuesday, November 2
9:30 am Morning Pages with Camille Pass
11:00 am Jia Tolentino Q&A
1:00 pm Ecotone Broadsides Launch w/ Anna Lena Phillips Bell, Lesley Wheeler, Ashley Jones and Jessica C White
7:30 pm

Nikole Hannah-Jones in conversation with John Jeremiah Sullivan

(see feature box above for info & link)
Wednesday, November 3
9:30 am Morning Pages with Susan Polizzotto
11:15 am Poetry Craft Talk with Ashley Jones, “Decolonizing Sonnets”
1:00 pm "The Story of The Story, Faculty First Books," moderated by Emily Smith, with Wendy Brenner, Clyde Edgerton, Michael White, Anna Lena Phillips Bell and Nina de Gramont
7:30 pm Fiction Reading with K-Ming Chang and Kevin Brockmeier, moderated by Emily Lowe
Thursday, November 4
9:30 am Morning Pages with Ruby Lancaster
10:30 am

Printer’s Workshop with Jessica C White

Supplies signups for the UNCW community have concluded. If you'd like to participate with your own supplies, which can be purchased at a craft store and grocery store, please see the list and instructions at this link.

1:00 pm Chautauqua and Beyond: Reaping the Lifelong Rewards of Editorial Experience, with Philip Gerard, Sarah Stephens, Gabi Stephens, Matt Thies, and Marissa Dean
7:30 pm

Sandra Cisneros Reading and Conversation, moderated by Courtney Justus

(see feature box above for info & link)
Friday, November 5
9:00 am

Morning Pages with Nina de Gramont, in collaboration with
Write Wilmington

Register here; Zoom link here; Meeting ID: 823 9663 1149; Passcode: 220008
11:00 am "Ask Me Anything," with Danya Kukafka, Trellis Literary Agency
1:00 pm "The Words That Built Us: Alumni Poems," moderated by Melissa Crowe



Check out our lineup of featured speakers and the event schedule.