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2021-2022 Season Schedule


All events are free and open to the public.




Every year, for the past 32 years, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series (VWS) has provided outstanding literary arts programming that is free and open to the public. Many communities have arts festivals or even more specifically literary festivals, but very few have literary arts series.

Every year, VWS invites authors to tell the stories behind their own works in a relaxed environment before university and community audiences. We believe the beauty and power of words help us make sense of the world.

We hope that you will join the hundreds of other supporters to continue to bring world-class writers to our community by becoming a patron of the series. Patrons at the $500+ level will also be invited to all VIP receptions throughout the year as well as being invited to special series events. You may make a donation online or call 828.328.7321 (or 1.800.361.2704). Please consider designating your contribution to the Writers Series Endowment Fund.

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Contact VWS

Dr. Rand Brandes

Titles: Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English, Director of the Visiting Writers Series, Director of the Lineberger Center
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7077

Lisa Hart

Titles: Program Consultant, Lineberger Center, Program Consultant, The Little Read, Program Consultant, Visiting Writers Series
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7502

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