UND Writers Conference

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The UND Writers Conference has become increasingly successful over the past decade and now stands as one of the best literary events in the United States. Writers from around the world are honored to be invited to participate because they have heard of our conference and know its stellar reputation. Because of the conference’s success, between 600 and 1,000 people attend conference events every day for four days. Hundreds of these people travel to Grand Forks exclusively to attend the conference, making use of the town’s amenities and contributing to its economic growth.


Of course, the Writers Conference is unique because it is free and open to the public. Most conferences of its stature require heavy registration fees and are thus limited to those who can afford such a luxury. The Writers Conference is quite proud of the fact that it has never allowed that to happen – it has remained completely available to anyone who wants to come. The University of North Dakota does help fund the conference, providing about $35,000 of our $65,000 budget. However, as writers’ fees and transportation costs increase, so do the expenses of the Conference.

Given these increases and the Conference’s goal of offering its audiences the opportunity to hear widely acclaimed authors, there is a need to raise $30,000 annually to supplement UND funding and to add to the growing endowment (which also helps fund the conference).

Giving online is a safe and simple way to support UND through the UND Foundation. By supporting the Writers Conference you will be investing in an event that has proven its value for over 40 years, and you will be helping to ensure that the conference remains as one of the university’s, the city’s and the state’s major cultural events.

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David Smith
Associate Director of
Annual Giving
(800) 543-8764
(701) 777-4868