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The Strangeness of the Dream
Dive Into "The Strangeness of the Dream"
Hannah Stephenson's latest article on the Writer's Notebook blog explores process videos, writing, and creativity. "I want to draw your attention to your own creative process, its idiosyncrasy and weirdness and beauty."
Learn More About AWP's Mentorship Program
Preparations are underway for the Fall 2015 session of Writer to Writer, AWP's mentorship program, running September 14 to December 14, 2015. We match emerging writers and published authors for a three-month series of modules on topics such as craft, revision, publishing, and the writing life. Mentors volunteer their time and receive a free one-year AWP membership; the program is free to mentees. Writer to Writer is open to all members, but we particularly encourage two underserved segments of our membership to apply: those writers who have never been associated with an MFA program, and those writing from regions, backgrounds, and cultures that are typically underrepresented in the literary world. Mentor applications are welcome now. Prospective mentees are encouraged to submit their applications anytime from July 10 to August 1.

You can also join us on July 7 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET for a tweet chat about the program! Be a part of the conversation using the hashtag #AWPmentorship. Previous program participants and Membership Director Diane Zinna will be answering your questions live. Can't tweet with us? Email diane@awpwriter.org with your Twitter handle and your question to have it answered for the other prospective mentors and mentees.
Recent Graduates: Only 3 Days Left to Join at Our Discounted Rate!
If you graduated in 2015, you can join AWP as an individual member and pay only $45--our deeply discounted student rate—for your first post-graduate year. This offer runs through June 30 and is available to creative writers graduating from MFA, PhD, MA, and any 4- and 2-year creative writing programs in 2015. Enter the code MFA15 + THE NAME OF YOUR SCHOOL in the coupon box and be sure to choose the $45 student rate at checkout.
Get to Know AWP's In the Spotlight Members
Each month, AWP’s website features a new member who is making a difference in the literary community. June’s In the Spotlight member was Lorraine Currelley of Poets Network & Exchange. Read about Lorraine’s work, catch up on past In the Spotlight members, or nominate a writer today! Keep an eye out for July's In the Spotlight member, who will be announced at the beginning of the month.
Nominate an Outstanding Community Leader for the George Garrett Award
Do you know someone who has shown exceptional generosity to the next generation of writers? Nominate him or her for the 2016 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature. The winner receives a lifetime membership in AWP and a $2,000 honorarium, along with transportation, accommodation, and registration to attend AWP's annual conference in Los Angeles, where the award will be publicly conferred. We welcome letters of nomination postmarked between August 1 and September 15.
#AWP16 Bookfair Rolling Sales Launch
The rolling launch begins with organizations that have exhibited in the bookfair for five or more years. They have exclusive access to purchase exhibit space and select their placement for the first two weeks. The next two weeks will be open to organizations that have exhibited for one to four years. After that, the system will be open to all organizations. The rolling exhibit sales process replaces the point system and continues to reward exhibiting companies for their commitment to AWP and the bookfair.

Visit the bookfair's Facebook page for updates, and visit the bookfair section of the AWP website to download the Exhibitor Prospectus PDF for detailed exhibit information.
Become a Sponsor for #AWP16 Los Angeles
Sponsorship opportunities for the #AWP16 Conference & Bookfair are available now. Promote your program, press, or literary organization in a comprehensive and low-cost way. Join your peers and receive great benefits to increase your profile, including complimentary registrations, program advertising, extensive marketing impressions, and conference bookfair space at the Patron level and up.

Learn more on our sponsorship webpage about sponsorship levels, the bookfair, and advertising, or contact our development director, Pamela Mills.
Plan Ahead for #AWP16 Los Angeles
Watch the conference section of our website and follow us on social media for upcoming announcements about the #AWP16 Conference & Bookfair, including notices about featured presenters and accepted events. Conference registration will open and accepted events will be announced on July 31.
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June 30: Last day for 2015 graduates to join AWP at the student rate

July 7: #AWPmentorship tweet chat about the Writer to Writer mentorship program

July 31: Accepted #AWP16 events announced

July 31: #AWP16 early-bird registration begins

August 1: Nominations accepted for the 2016 George Garrett Award

August 1: Nominations accepted for the 2016 Small Press Publisher Award

August 1: Writer to Writer mentee application deadline