For 20 years the Writer's Symposium has produced a rich menu of conversations with the likes of Anne Lamott and Amy Tan.
One of the lesser known benefits of the symposium is the fact that the interviews are taped each year. The results are a priceless video library at your fingertips. Writers giving away the secrets of their trade -- free!
The founder of the symposium is Dr. Dean Nelson (shown). Dean is himself the author of a dozen books including God Hides in Plain Sight: How to Find the Sacred in a Chaotic World. (It's excellent, by the way.)
So, set aside some time and eavesdrop! Go to Videos of these interviews and many others are available for free viewing at www.ucsd.tv/writers. Check out award-winning memoirists Jeannette Walls (The Glass Castle) and Mary Karr (The Liars’ Club). They discuss the challenge of engaging readers with their dramatic life stories. Learn from nationally known journalists like Bill Moyers. cultural critics like Christopher Buckley and literary giants like Joyce Carol Oates. Laugh with George Plimpton and the inimitable late Ray Bradbury.