Entering its 45th year, UCR’s 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. The week of events is open to the public and includes readings, conversations, panels, and social activities focused on the varied and exciting work of our participants, many of them among UCR’s powerhouse Creative Writing faculty.

Each year we honor distinguished writers for lifetime achievement, celebrating the ways they contribute to and change contemporary writing through their fearless originality. In February 2022 we will honor three internationally renowned literary giants: Sandra Cisneros, Linda Hogan, and Ishmael Reed.

Your support can take Writers Week to the next level—enhancing the honoraria for authors, expanding promotion and production capabilities, and sponsoring workshops. Please help us significantly grow and become a Friend of Writers Week with a tax-deductible gift at any level!

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The The Writers Week emblem, designed from the Agave americana Marginata in our local flora, was created to demonstrate our support for initiatives that create a more sustainable campus, community, and state that includes indigenous plants on campus and region. We also support the work of the UCR Office of Sustainability and the UCR Botanic Gardens.

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Book Purchases

Books can be purchaed from our own campus B&N bookstore.
Visit Cellar Door Books to support our recommended local independent store.

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2022 LA Review of Books (LARB) – UCR Department of Creative Writing
Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees
Sandra Cisneros
Sandra Cisneros
Linda Hogan
Linda Hogan
Ishmael Reed
Ishmael Reed
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Meet the Director

and Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) Publisher
Hedge Coke
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing
Director, Writers Week
Director, PI, Along the Chaparral 

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Tom Lutz
Tom Lutz
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Creative Writing
Publisher, Los Angeles Review of Books

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Explore Past Writers Weeks

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