2020 Writer’s Symposium by the Sea

This year’s Writer’s Symposium by the Sea truly lives up to its theme, Writing that Liberates. From the Pulitzer Prize winning reporting of journalist Sonia Nazario, to the mind-opening work of Pico Iyer, to the iconic writing of Alice Walker, these interviews show how great writing can set us free both figuratively and literally. Join founder Dean Nelson as he welcomes three prolific writers to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

Sonia Nazario
Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist best known for “Enrique’s Journey,” her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. She details her harrowing reporting from the tops of trains barreling through Mexico, her turn from journalist to activist, and how her work on immigration is more relevant now than ever before.

Pico Iyer
Pico Iyer was named “arguably the world’s greatest living travel writer,” by Outside, and is the author of over a dozen books and countless essays. In this discussion, he regales the audience with tales of his extensive travels, discusses how walking helps him write, and explains why the neighbors in the small Japanese town he calls home have nicknamed him “parasite.”

Alice Walker
Alice Walker is an internationally celebrated American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist, best known for her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Color Purple. She discusses how she creates such relatable characters, the messages within her work, and shares insights into her unique perspective on the world.

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