Writers Week 2020 - Feb 13

Updated 2/9/20

UCR Department of Creative Writing

43rd Annual Writers Week Conference 2020

Tom Lutz, Writers Week director
Writers Week is the longest-running, free literary event in California and features the most renowned authors of our day alongside those at the start of promising careers. writersweek.ucr.edu 

Ishmael Beah • Norma Cantú • Elizabeth Cantwell • Steph Cha • Marilyn Chin • Karla Cordero • Diana Marie Delgado • Jonathan Friedman • Rachel Howzell Hall • Brandon Hobson • Brian Hudson • Anna Journey • Laila Lalami • Tom Lutz • Angela Morales • Walter Mosley • Wendy C. Ortiz • Victoria Patterson • Cati Porter • Joseph Rios • Ricco Siasoco • Jake Skeets • Jerry Stahl • Susan Straight • Lisa Teasley • Sergio Troncoso 

February 10-14, 2020
CHASS Interdisciplinary Building, South - Screening Room, INTS 1128
Free and open to the public.
Parking: Complimentary permits available at the Information Kiosk Booth 

Renowned mystery writer Walter Mosley to headline UC Riverside’s 43rd annual Writers Week
Jessica Weber, University Communications
January 22, 2020 

Information: (951) 827-3245
performingarts@ucr.edu creativewriting.ucr.edu
@UCRWritersWeek #UCRWritersWeek

SCHEDULE: Thursday, Feb 13

12:00 PEN America Free Speech Forum with Jonathan Friedman
1:30   Wendy C. Ortiz
3:00  Rachel Howzell Hall
4:30  Sergio Troncoso
5:30  MFA Reading



Jonathan Friedman is a fellow of the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement and the project director for campus free speech at PEN America. He oversees PEN America’s advocacy, analysis, and outreach in the national debate around free speech and inclusion at colleges and universities. Prior to joining PEN America, Friedman was an adjunct professor at New York University and Columbia University, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative and international education, higher education, and social theory. Friedman holds a Ph.D. in International Education from New York University, and has received awards for his teaching, research, and leadership. 

Rachel Howzell Hall is the author, most recently, of They All Fall Down. She is best known for her critically acclaimed Detective Elouise Norton series—Land of Shadows, Skies of Ash, City of Saviors, and Trail of Echoes. She is also the author of A Quiet Storm, The View from Here and No One Knows You’re Here. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Mystery Writers of America, and has participated as a mentor in the Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ Writer-to-Writer program. Rachel lives with her husband and daughter in Los Angeles. .

Tom Lutz is the author of Born Slippy: A Novel. He is the founding editor of Los Angeles Review of Books and a Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UCR. His other work includes two books of travel essays, Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World, And the Monkey Learned Nothing, the cultural histories Crying and Doing Nothing, the literary histories Cosmopolitan Vistas and American Nervousness, 1903

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir Bruja. In 2016 Bustle named her one of “9 Women Writers Who Are Breaking New Nonfiction Territory.” Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Joyland, Story Quarterly, FENCE, and McSweeney’s, among many other places. Wendy is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles. 

Sergio Troncoso is author of A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, a collection of linked short stories on immigration which Junot Díaz called “a masterwork.” Troncoso also wrote From This Wicked Patch of Dust, which Kirkus Reviews named one of the best books of 2012 in a starred review. The novel also won the Southwest Book Award. Troncoso wrote Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, winner of the Bronze Award for Essays from Foreword Reviews. He is also the author of The Nature of Truth, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “impressively lucid.” Publishers Weekly called his first book, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, “Richly satisfying.” He is currently vice president of the Texas Institute of Letters. He has served as a judge for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the New Letters Prize for Essays. His work has recently appeared in New Letters, The Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Texas Monthly. Visit his website at SergioTroncoso.com.


Works by Writers Week authors will be available at the UCR Bookstore and at Cellar Door Books in Canyon Crest Towne Center. 

Writers Week 2020 is made possible by support from African Student Programs, Office of the Chancellor, California Center for Native Nations, Prof. Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, UCR Department of Ethnic Studies, UCR Department of English, Ratliffe Family Foundation, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Dr. Clifford Trafzer, Distinguished Professor of History and Rupert and Jeanette Henry Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12:00pm to 7:30pm

CHASS Interdisciplinary South, Screening Room, INTS 1128