Every year the conference sets a theme and a noted artist creates a commemorative poster for the event:
2012 Why Does Literature Matter?
2011 Can Literature Bring Us Together?
2010 What Can Words Do?
2009 Identity: Who Are We Now?
2008 Frontiers in a Changing World
2006 Shaping History
2005 Writing in Unpredictable Times
2004 Imagination and Its Limits
2003 Bearing Witness
2002 Does Truth Matter?
2001 The Search for Identity
2000 Alternative Worlds
1999 The Underlying Story
1998 Writers and Unexpected Outcomes
1997 Invention and the Writing Life
1996 Writers and Social Responsibility
1995 Writing with Conscience