NWWS: Northwest Women Writers Symposium

hattieuscover6th annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium “Women and Work: Women’s Stories of Work and the Great Migration” features Ayana Mathis and will take place March 3, 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

The 2015 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium “Our Daily Bread: Women’s Stories of Food and Resilience” will take place on the University of Oregon campus and the downtown Eugene Public Library on Mother’s Day weekend, May 7 – 9, 2015.  Diana Abu-Jaber (Crescent; Birds of Paradise) is the keynote author and will be joined by writers Novella Carpenter (Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer), Dr. Breeze Harper [editor of Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak On Food, Identity, Health, and Society, and the author of the social justice novel Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England (2014)], and poet Donna Henderson (The Eddy Fence), with others to be named later. Stay tuned for more information about participating authors, panels, readings, and workshops.

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.

  • The Women Writers Project organized MemoirFest, the first annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium, held May 12, 2012 and attended by about 100 women and men.
  • The Women Writers Project organized the 2013 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium — Common Ground: Land, Language, Story — held May 9 – 11, 2013. More than 250 people attended this series of events, which took place over three days on the University of Oregon campus and at the Eugene Downtown Library.
  • The Women Writers Project organized the 2014 Third Annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium “Family, Animal, Story,” held May 1 – 3, 2014, on the UO campus and at the downtown Eugene Public Library. About 275 people attended events over this three-day period.