The 51st annual UND Writers Conference is being held virtually this year. The first session, a panel discussion on “Class and Art,” begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.

Sessions will continue to be held every Thursday through Nov. 19, according to the conference website.

Those who wish to attend, via Zoom video-conferencing, are asked to register online at .

Writers who will be featured this fall include Roy G. Guzman, Matt Young, Laila Lalami, Jenny Zhang, Dwayne Betts and Richard Tsong-Taatarii.

Founded in 1970, the UND Writers Conference has provided “a forum for people in North Dakota and the Upper Plains to discuss how the arts impact our everyday lives,” according to the conference website. “It focuses on the work of the invited authors, poets and artisans, as well as their extemporaneous interaction with attendees.

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“All conference events are free and open to the public with recordings uploaded to its digital collection, creating an open access opportunity for a rigorous exploration of the literary arts, not otherwise available to all.”

The UND Writers Conference is usually a three-day event held in March. This past spring, the conference had been scheduled for March 24-26, but was canceled due to the pandemic.

The conference, sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, is committed to community outreach, engagement and finding ways to increase audience access to literature, the website notes.

For more information, go online to, or contact Crystal Alberts, UND associate professor of English and conference director, at or (701) 777-2393.