NWWS: Northwest Women Writers Symposium

hattieuscover2018 Northwest Women Writers Symposium “The Border and Its Meaning: Forgotten Stories,” featuring Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami, April 25, 2018

2017 Northwest Women Writers Symposium “Women and Work: Women’s Stories of Work and the Great Migration” featuring Ayana Mathis,  March 3, 2017

2016 Northwest Women Writers Symposium  “Crossing Borders: Women’s Stories of Immigration, Migration & Transition”  May 6 – 8, 2016

2015 Northwest Women Writers Symposium  “Our Daily Bread: Women’s Stories of Food and Resilience”  May 7 – 9, 2015

2014 Northwest Women Writers Symposium  “Family, Animal, Story”    May 1 – 3, 2014

2013 Northwest Women Writers Symposium  “Common Ground: Land, Language, Story”  May 9 – 11, 2013

2012 Northwest Women Writers Symposium  “MemoirFest”  May 11, 2012


This CSWS program began as a Research Interest Group in AY 2011-12, migrated into CSWS Special Project status as the Women Writers Project in AY 2012-13, and became integrated into CSWS as an internal program in spring 2014. The Women Writers Program seeks to foster and enhance opportunities for women writers on campus, in the community, and throughout the Pacific Northwest; to bring distinct voices of published women writers to campus; and to support the work of creative writing by bringing together writers from different disciplines. This program is aimed toward exploring local, regional, and university collaborations, most notably through an evolving annual women writers conference. In 2013, CSWS began collaborating with the Eugene Public Library to hold a portion of the symposium in its downtown facility.