|Experience (or Re-experience) #AWP16
Thanks to PBS's Book View Now and Detroit Public Television, we are happy to share interviews with many great writers from our recent Conference & Bookfair. Interviewees include Elizabeth Alexander, Garth Greenwell, Juan Felipe Hererra, Phil Klay, Jonathan Lethem, Robin Coste Lewis, Ada Limón, Kelly Link, Helen Macdonald, Emily St. John Mandel, Ruth Ozeki, Gregory Pardlo, Cheryl Strayed, Jess Walter, Amy Wilentz, and many others.
|Study the Survey of Creative Writing Programs
The results of AWP's 2014–15 survey of 515 administrators at both undergraduate and graduate programs of creative writing are now available. A summary of these results shows the growth of these programs over the years. Not only has the number of programs increased, but both faculty and students work in a wider range of literary genres, and more types of classes complement creative writing workshops and seminars in literature.
|Graduating Students, Join AWP Today at a Special Rate!
Graduating this year? Stay connected with your writing community post-MFA by joining AWP today as an individual student member! Join by June 30, 2016 and you'll pay only $49—a $26 savings—in your first post-graduate year. This offer is also available to students graduating from 2- or 4-year programs in 2016. Enter the code MFA16 + The Name of Your School (for example, "MFA16 George Mason University") and be sure to select the $49 student rate at checkout.
|Featured This Month
Every month, we feature new members, articles, and podcasts on the main page of our website. This month we're featuring "Who Do We Think We Are? " by Philip Gerard from the September 1990 Writer's Chronicle. The featured blog post is "Prompt Writing: Not Just for Workshop" by Leslie Pietrzyk and featured podcast is Episode 105: The Other Track: MFAs in the Book Business. Our spotlighted member is Allison Hedge Coke. She is editor of the Effigies series, a faculty mentor at Red Earth MFA, and faculty at VCFA in Writing and Publishing.
|Visit In the Spotlight
Take a moment today to hear from your fellow AWP members who are making great contributions to their literary communities! In the Spotlight seeks to recognize and thank our members who are devoted to serving the writing world. Know a writer who should be in the #AWP Spotlight? Nominate them today!
|Tweets from the Chat
On April 13, AWP hosted a chat on Twitter to answer your questions about submitting proposals for #AWP17 in Washington, DC. Here are some of the tweets:
Christian Teresi: It's surprising how often a good proposal will fail because it does not follow the handbook guidelines
Hannah Landsberger: Not sure what category your event should be in? Read about categories here: https://goo.gl/UBLNmz
Jasminne Mendez: Are there any WOC, AOC or POC in general that are on the panel selection committee??
Christian Teresi: Absolutely. Here is the 2017 Subcommittee.
the slimmest pug: Do you recommend using the full 500 word limit for proposals, or is brevity encouraged?
Hannah Landsberger: Conveying the purpose/content of your event is most important! Length less so, as long as it's in the limit
Christian Teresi: If you organize a panel, make sure your panelists have updated and submitted their bios. There are a lot who fail to do this.
If you missed this or any of our other tweet chats, visit the archive for full transcripts.
|Listen to an AWP Podcast Episode
We will soon start work on recordings from #AWP16. In the meantime, listen to some past podcast episodes from #AWP15 that you might have missed.
Episode 119: The Ethics of Book Reviewing. Stephen Burt, Brian Evenson, Karen Long, Eric Lorberer, and Rusty Morrison discuss the ethical boundaries of book reviewing.
Episode 118: A Reading by LSU Press Poets. Poets Kelly Cherry, Alice Friman, David Kirby, and Anya Silver read from their LSU books.
|Join the Discussion
AWP asked: It's National Library Week! What do you love most about your library?
Some of the answers we received:
P. Jo Anne Burgh: Knowledgeable friendly staff; accessibility; the joy of being surrounded by books and book lovers.
Sarah Katz: It's a second storage space for books I can't keep at home! I can visit my "donations"/bookchildren anytime I like.
Cara B: #allthebooks and this wondrous avenue for a stroll #rainorshine #vancity
EDML: That it feels warm and full of love and possibility.
Kate McDevitt: My library provides meeting space for my writers' roundtable... plus so many tempting books!
Follow AWP on Facebook & Twitter, and look for a different question every Tuesday.
|What's that Image?
Claudia Rankine delivered the keynote address at #AWP16, attended by thousands of writers. She received two standing ovations. Photo credit: www.RobbsPhotos.com
|May 1: Deadline to submit proposals for #AWP17 in Washington, DC