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Apply to AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship Program
Applications are open for the Fall 2021 session of Writer to Writer. Submit for the chance to be paired with an established writer for a three-month mentorship experience that will run from September through December. You'll get to spend time with another writer to focus on craft, revision, publishing, and community building. This program is available to members at no additional cost. Mentee applications are accepted through August 12, and mentor applications are accepted year-round.
Join a Virtual Coffee Chat with Executive Director Cynthia Sherman & the AWP Conference Team
Grab your coffee or tea and join Executive Director Cynthia Sherman and the conference team for a Zoom chat on Wednesday, August 11, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. ET. Cynthia will share what’s new at AWP, and the conference team will give an update on the latest plans for #AWP22 Philadelphia with time for questions at the end. Please RSVP to for the Zoom link. See you there!
Don't Miss Virtual AWP Events in August
Virtual AWP is premiering two conversations on YouTube with a live chat. Register online for event updates and reminders from Virtual AWP.

TonightVirtual AWP: 2021 Intro Journals Winners, Part 1
August 10: Virtual AWP: 2021 Intro Journals Winners, Part 2
Reserve Your Advertisements for #AWP22
Our premium-tier web ads for the conference schedule are going fast, so make sure to jump on this opportunity while we still have available slots! These premium-tier web ads are featured on our conference schedule page, which—as our exhibitors know—is the place everyone will be looking as we lead up to #AWP22 next March. We have limited availabilities starting when the conference schedule drops until March. For a limited time, we are offering these ads at a special price: $1200 per month for a button and $2900 per month for skyscrapers or horizontal banners. If you would like to reserve your spot or ask any questions, contact our advertising manager at
Learn About Benefits for You and Your Family
The arts and culture sector was hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with high unemployment rates for artists and members of the creative industries. Many in our sector are experiencing housing insecurity and challenges with mortgages or paying the rent. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has been working and will continue to work to get information out to the creative community to assist in their effort to recover and rebuild. For links to resources, check out this special notice from the NEA.
Attend a Virtual Lit Event
With each e-newsletter, we bring you new ways to connect with the literary community through our regular roundup of online events, including youth workshops, readings, book clubs, and literary conferences. These events encompass a range of free and ticketed registration and are not affiliated with AWP. All times are in ET.

Tuesday, August 3
7 p.m.—Alexandra Kleeman: Something New Under the Sun with Marie-Helene Bertino
7:30 p.m.—Perfect Black: Crystal Wilkinson in Conversation with Kiese Laymon
8 p.m.—Brian Evenson in Conversation with Matt Bell

Wednesday, August 4
11 a.m.—Youth Class: Let's Make Comics! With Leela Corman
7 p.m.—Andrea Bartz: We Were Never Here with Caroline Kepnes

Thursday, August 5
7 p.m.—Halimah Marcus: Horse Girls with T Kira Madden & Maggie Shipstead

Sunday, August 8
6:30 p.m.—Black Women's Yoga History: Memoirs of Inner Peace—Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans

Monday, August 9
7 p.m.—Mona Awad: All's Well with Dana Spiotta

Tuesday, August 10
7 p.m.—YZ Chin: Edge Case with Pitchaya Sudbanthad
7:30 p.m.—The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert—Shugri Said Salh in Conversation with Samuel Kọ́láwọlé

Wednesday, August 11
7 p.m.—Charlotte Nicole Davis & Bethany C. Morrow
7:30 p.m.—Shallow Waters: Anita Kopacz in Conversation with Dr. Velma Love, Moderated by Forrest Evans
8 p.m.—Pour One Out: A Monthly Storytelling Series

Thursday, August 12
7:30 p.m.—No Study Without Struggle: Confronting Settler Colonialism in Higher Education
7:30 p.m.—Summer Novel Series: Imagery & Descriptions With Eric Charles May
8 p.m.—Savage Tongues Virtual Event with Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi & Laura van den Berg

Saturday, August 14
11 a.m.—Youth Class: How To Develop A Powerful College Essay with Suzy Kahn Weinberg

Sunday, August 15
2 p.m.—Sickening: Anti-Black Racism and Health Disparities in the United States—Anne Pollock

Monday, August 16
7:30 p.m.—Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness—Da'Shaun L. Harrison

Join the Discussion
AWP asked: You've got your sunblock, your towel, and a quiet beach all to yourself. What book do you have in your hand?

Some of the answers we received: 

Carol Genetti OchadleusA Lightness in My Soul, by my favorite author, Annette Oppenlander.

@morganharlowfrank: sonnets by @dlseuss

AWP also asked: Name a book you read that made you want to travel to another country. What country did you dream about?

Be WrennThe Works of Shakespeare (England)

Virginia PetrucciThe Magus (Greece)

@EzraTheJackal17: England!

@The_Write_Tail: Beethoven by Edmund Morris. A late-18th-/early-19th-century Vienna that was the center of the musical world. Austrian nobles vying to patronize the Universal Composer's music. Nothing like seeing Europe through Beethoven's eyes.

Follow AWP on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to look for a different question every Tuesday.

What's That Image?
Official graphic in teal for Season 15 of Writer to Writer, AWP's mentorship program.