The Visiting Writer Series is sponsored by the English Department, with generous support from the Office of the Provost. The English department’s annual program bringing writers from various backgrounds to Pacific Lutheran University. Most visits consist of an afternoon conversation called “The Writer’s Story” and an evening reading followed by question time.
The Visiting Writers Series officially began in 2005, which was the first year that co-directors Professor Rick Barot and Professor Jason Skipper taught at PLU. In 2015, Professor Wendy Call joined the Series as a co-director during her first year as a tenure-track faculty member. The Series’ mission is to bring established writers to campus so that students have an idea of what it is like to be a professional writer. In more recent years, the Series’ goal has expanded as the three directors increasingly integrate the values of Diversity, Justice and Sustainability (DJS) into the Series.