The opportunity to hear from and talk with important contemporary writers has been a vital part of an OBU education for many years. Beginning in 2010, the English Department Reading Series brought writers to campus, focusing on writers living in the area. The Visiting Writer Seminars then began as a way to make the reading series more ambitious and to widen its appeal by seeking to elevate the experience for students and the campus community.
The University’s first visiting writer, Tania Runyan, came to campus in March 2016. She read from her poems, lectured on writing poetry and consulted with students about their writing. Scott Cairns joined the University for the 2017 Visiting Writer Seminar, giving a poetry reading and teaching a masterclass on writing memoir. Gina Ochsner held a reading and a fiction writing master class in the Fall of 2017. Mark Jarman attended OBU in September 2018 as the Visiting Writer and keynote speaker for the Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature.
Ron Hansen, October 7-8, 2019
- Public reading: Oct. 7, 7 p.m. – Mabee Suite located in the Noble Complex. In addition to the Q&A at the conclusion of the Monday night reading, a reception and book signing will follow, with refreshments provided.
- Public discussion: Oct. 8, 7 p.m. - The second floor lecture hall inside Stavros Hall. The discussion, about writing and creativity, will be led by Hansen.
Attendees do not need to register or RSVP. All are welcome.
About Ron Hansen:
Ron Hansen is the author of nine novels, two collections of stories, a children's book, a collection of essays, and several screenplays. "Mariette in Ecstasy" was a nationwide bestseller, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won the Gold Medal in Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. His novel "Atticus" was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. His novel "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and was made into a movie staring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. His most recent book is "Hotly in Pursuit of the Real: Notes Toward a Memoir." He teaches film and creative writing at Santa Clara University in northern California.
Read recent interviews with Hansen in Image Journal and Dappled Things.
Interested in supporting the Visiting Writer Seminars?
Funds are being raised through the Advancement office to bring excellent writers to OBU's campus. Through the gift of generous donors, a matching gift up to $5,000 per year has been pledged through 2020.