Harvard Review's Renga for Obama, begun on January 21 and edited by Major Jackson, has now reached to the length of sixty-three tan-renga (stanza pairs). "We are embarking on a literary project of historic proportions, one that expresses the profound sense of gratitude we have for a modern political leader who is measured, thoughtful, humane, and literary-minded." The goal is 100 tan-renga and the inclusion of 200 poets.
|Want to Work in Hollywood?
Alexandra Salerno, taking a break from working on the production of the Amazon series Hand of God, discusses what it takes to write for the screen, large and small, in her new Career Advice article, "Writing for the Screen." "If writing is your goal but you have little experience with actual screenwriting, take heart: as a creative writer, you are a trained storyteller."
|New on the Writer's Notebook
Daniel M. Jaffe writes about his experience seeing a production of Brundibár, a children's opera performed originally by interned Jewish children at the concentration camp Terezín, and how it led him "to renewed contemplation of writing’s value."
|Join the Discussion
AWP asked: You set out to start a new draft. Do you grab your computer or a notebook & pen?
Some of the answers we received:
Anthony Moll: Always my laptop. My typing fingers are quicker for snatching ideas as they come to me.
K.B. Carle: In the beginning I'm all about pencil (I need the ability to erase) and paper. Once I have the story's skeleton then I type it up
Effy J. Roan: Planning/plotting gets typed for easy reference, but the first draft is hard written. Then it goes into the computer.
Derek Ellis: Poetry: At home I like to use my IBM Selectric III. No impulse to browse the web when the going gets tough. Laptop anywhere else.
Jess: notebook to start, and then I bring out the laptop when the piece gains some momentum.
Alex Evans: computer, though after losing five pages of a draft this morning, pen and notebook are looking more and more appealing.
Lana Dean Highfill: always book & pen first - then computer in case I lose said book.
Allison K Williams: computer, Scrivener. Then compile all random notes from napkins, notebook, etc :)
amanda ngoho reavey: I'm increasingly suspicious of the internet. I write on a typewriter.
Robbin-Lee DiPerna: Notebook and black pen
alexis a.: Depends on my mood. If I'm angry, I go straight for my keyboard. If I'm pensive, I doodle in my notebook & write in fragments.
Annie Frazier: Computer to write, paper & the reddest red ink I can find to edit.
Lisa Stice: Definitely a notebook! Actually, it's more like back of the grocery list, a Kleenex (clean), napkin, Post-It, scrap of paper, back of receipt, envelope, junk mail, or whatever else is handy at the moment.
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|AWP Spotlight on Leslie Ullman!
“The point is that letting your own language guide you, letting it spark new associations and patterns, can often lead to a more fruitful outcome than starting off with too much of an agenda. That's where "show up and wait" comes in—first, it's quite all right to sit there and relax into the silence of the blank page, feeling no pressure to do anything. Eventually something happens. It's difficult to trust this, but it works.” Our April 2017 #AWPSPOTLIGHT member is Leslie Ullman, poet, essayist, and faculty member at Vermont College of the Fine Arts. Visit In the Spotlight to learn more about Leslie today!
|Chat with Us
On March 16, we hosted a tweet chat about our WC&C Programs. Many of our programs joined in with their thoughts and to help us answer questions. Here is a taste of the chat:
Antioch I2P Program: Any suggestions for programs promoting diversity or social justice?
Poetry at Round Top: Great question. We feature poets who reflect diverse views/backgrounds & offer scholarships, but more work always needed.
Grub Street: The Muse offers scholarships to writer's of color, writers living w/ disability, & conference newbies!
The Writers Center: Hey there--would love to find a way to make our WC&C sessions and membership with AWP more productive and well attended
Diane Zinna: There is now a public WC&C reception at the annual conference and it was really well attended these past 3 years!
Poetry at Round Top: Curious to hear from other WC&C programs (esp. annual events) - do you have other engagement/activities year-round?
Peter E. Murphy: Yes. Murphy Writing offers both week-long and day-long programs year-round.
Read the whole chat on our Tweet Chat archive.
|Learn About #AWP18 Event Proposals
Interested in proposing an event for the #AWP18 Conference & Bookfair in Tampa, Florida? Join us on April 4 at 4:00 p.m. ET on Twitter for tips and to chat with AWP conference staff. Follow the conversation and ask questions using the hashtag #SubmitAWP18. The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, May 1, 2017. Can't make the chat? The Proposal Guidelines and Presenter Guidelines are available on our website.
|April 4: #SubmitAWP18 tweet chat at 4:00 p.m. ET about event proposals
May 1: Deadline to submit proposals for #AWP18 in Tampa, FL