NWWS: Northwest Women Writers Symposium

History of the CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium

The Northwest Women Writers Symposium (NWWS) program began as a CSWS Research Interest Group in 2011. It was so successful that it migrated into CSWS Special Project status as the Women Writers Project in 2012, and became integrated into CSWS as an internal program in spring 2014. The final symposium was held in 2018.

The NWWS and Women Writers Program sought 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 was aimed toward exploring local, regional, and university collaborations, most notably through an evolving annual women writers conference. From 2013 to 2018, CSWS collaborated with Eugene Public Library to host a portion of the symposium in its downtown facility to increase public access to events.

Symposiums: 2012-2018
Advisory Group
  • Alisa Freedman, Associate Professor, Japanese Literature & Film (EALL)
  • Barbara Corrado Pope, Professor Emerita, Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Brandy Teel, Engagement & Opportunities Manager, UO Graduate School
  • Lauren Kessler, Professor, School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC)
  • Linda Long, Associate Professor, Manuscripts Librarian, UO Libraries
  • Miriam Gershow, Senior Instructor, Department of English (UO Today interview)
  • Mary E. Wood, Professor, Department of English
  • Robert Hill Long, Poet; Adjunct Research Assistant/Anthropology
  • Ursula Crawford, Editor & Journalist, UO alumna