Writers Week 2020-01-07T04:23:47+00:00


I’m proud to be the Director of Writers Week, the longest-running, free literary event in California. The festival takes place every year at the University of California, Riverside, and regularly features seasoned authors, as well as those just beginning their careers.

For 2020 programming, please check the event’s website or follow us on social media.

In 2019, we awarded Margaret Atwood our LA Review of Books/UCR Creative Writing Lifetime Achievement Award.  Other 2019 guests included:

Keynote Speaker Rachel Cusk and Stephen Minot Lecturer Quincy Troupe, as well as Ayesha H. Attah, Aimee Bender, Evolve Benton, Sara Borjas, Lucille Lang Day, Alex Espinoza, Katie Ford,  Ángel Garcia, Siel Ju, Anthonia Kalu, Chris Kraus, Casandra López, Yxta Maya Murray, Michael Nava, Ruth Nolan, Elise Paschen, Isabel Quintero, Arthur Sze, Trisha Thomas, & Desirée Zamorano

Tom Lutz, Maxine Hong Kingston, Kim Wilcox

2018 guests included:

Maxine Hong Kingston, who received the LA Review of Books/UCR Creative Writing Lifetime Achievement Award, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Sherwin Bitsui, Chris Buckley, Micah Chatterton, Charmaine Craig, Nanette Deetz, Josh Emmons,Janet Fitch (Steven Minot Lecturer), Tee Franklin, Roxane Gay, Myriam Gurba, John Jennings, Krys Lee, James Luna, Marco Maisto, Gina Nahai, Tess Taylor, Justin Torres, and Vickie Vertiz

UCR Writers Week 2018 poster