The University of North Dakota hosted its 54th annual writer's conference this year. Running from March 23rd to the 25th, the conference was an undeniable success. Founded in 1970, the writer's conference has been a pillar of prairie writing and community in North Dakota. Every year the conference brings together six to eight authors and artists ranging from creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and visual art to give presentations and run community workshops for the public. Since its founding, the Conference has been organized and run by the English department. English professor Dr. Crystal Alberts is currently the conference's director and continues to do an amazing job every year. The conference is always free and open to the public which makes it unique among national writing conferences. The conference's website states, “the Conference enjoys a national reputation among writers as one of the best run, most interesting events of its kind, especially because of its strong public audiences, attracted by its free and open format.” This year the conference used a hybrid format. Most events were available to watch over Zoom, and the in-person events were held in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The conference hosts many different types of events including panels, readings, community workshops, and presentations. My favorite events to attend are panels. Panels bring together multiple authors and have them discuss certain themes and topics. These events also include audience questions. It's a great way to hear multiple different perspectives live on […]
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