The UND Writers Conference, which was to be held March 25-27, has been canceled due to concerns about the Covid-19 virus.
Each year, the UND Writers Conference brings nearly 2,000 people together from around North Dakota, the surrounding region, the U.S., and Canada over the course three-day event. Its mission is to facilitate a social atmosphere that generally encourages friendly, informal interaction with people in close proximity, which is at odds with CDC recommendations to avoid close contact and practice social distancing during what has now been declared a global pandemic.
“We do not do this lightly, as this will be the first time since the Conference’s founding in 1970 that we will be unable to hold the event,” said Crystal Alberts, UND Writers Conference director and associate professor of English. However, we believe that it is for the greater good of our attendees, our invited authors, and our broader community.”
Alberts said she is already working with authors and agents in the hopes that they will be able to come to campus in Fall 2020, and that the Writers Conference for next year has already been set for March 24-26, 2021.