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UCSD + PLNU = Great TV!

8232Our friend Dean Nelson celebrates the 20th year of Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, the wildly popular interview series that brings renowned authors from around the world to the beautiful campus of Point Loma Nazarene University for conversations about their prose and, in typical Dean fashion, lots of humor about the pain and suffering that lead to completed manuscripts.

Dean opens the 2015 series with Lysley Tenorio, author of “Monstress,” and then turns the interviewer chair over to his colleague, Karl Martin, for a talk with PLNU alum and screenwriter/film director Destin Daniel Cretton. Dean returns the final night for a feisty and revealing exchange with the literary luminary Joyce Carol Oates.

It’s been such great fun to bring this series to our viewers all these years and we know you’re watching, because the Writer’s Symposium by the Sea programs have been accessed more than 2.5 million times on our website. Happy Anniversary, Writer’s, and here’s to the next 20!


Contributed by Public Affairs Producer, Shannon Bradley


Joyce Carol Oates – Fiction in the Flesh

Joyce Carol Oates has won two O. Henry Awards, a National Book Award, and the Stone Award for Literary Lifetime Achievement, just to name a few.

She took interest in literature at an early age, thanks to her grandmother’s gift of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” She began writing at age 14 when her grandmother gave her a typewriter.

While attending Syracuse University, Oates trained herself by writing novel after novel, then throwing them out and starting over. She graduated Valedictorian with a degree in English and went on to get her MA from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Only two years after her graduation, Oates published her first short story collection, “By the North Gate.”

Listen in as UC Berkeley presents “Joyce Carol Oates- Story Hour in the Library.”

For more videos with Oates, check out “The Writer’s Secret Life.”