|Let’s All Please Applaud Her Efforts: New Article on the Writer's Notebook
Kathleen Rooney talks to Monica Fambrough about her book, Softcover, her work in book publishing, and writing about wageless work and domesticity. "I have a heroic family. It is a peculiar thing, to be a poet, but they all act as though it is perfectly normal."
|Meet Our New Mentors & Mentees
Thank you to everyone who submitted applications for the Spring 2016 session of our Writer to Writer Mentorship Program. The applications were so compelling and moving, and we wish it was possible to match all applicants. In the end, after reviewing hundreds of applications, we were able to bring together nineteen mentor-mentee pairs who found connections with shared themes, goals, obstacles, or experiences. Mentors volunteer their time for the program, and it is free for mentees to participate. If you would like to serve as a mentor, applications are being accepted now for this year's Fall session. New mentee applications will be accepted August 1-12, 2016. It is free to apply.
|Chat with AWP
Chat with AWP staff and the writing community by joining us for our March tweet chats.
On March 1 at 2:00 p.m. ET, we'll have our second #MFAChat about choosing the writing program that's best for you. Our first #MFAChat was overwhelmingly successful, so don't miss out on this one!
On March 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET, we'll share conference tips and answer your questions, just in time for #AWP16. Use #AskAWP16 to ask questions, follow along, and add your own advice from your conference experiences.
|Send us Your Undergraduate Literary Magazine!
Submit soon to AWP's 2016 National Program Directors' Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines. View our guidelines and make sure your submissions arrive by March 15, 2016.
|Learn Tips for Interviewing
Our latest career advice piece focuses on those practical and important things that will help you in your next job interview. Read "You and Your Future Colleagues: Tips for the Interview" by Katharine Coles. "Once your work has gotten you in the door, your first priority is to demonstrate to your potential future department-mates that if you join them you will be a good colleague: someone who will pitch in as needed, who knows how to behave as a professional when necessary, and who will help them build and maintain the community in which you all hope to thrive together, quite possibly for decades, preferably without ever creating a scandal that appears above the fold on the front page of the local paper."
|Get the Inside Scoop on WC&C
On February 16, we chatted about writers conferences & centers (as well as festivals, retreats, and residencies) in our #AWPWCC tweet chat. Here's just some of the information that was shared. To find out more, visit the Directory of Writers Conferences & Centers and the WC&C Scholarship contest information. Hurry—the deadline to enter is March 30!
Diane Zinna: Each year AWP holds the WC&C scholarship contest. 3 genres. Winners use their $500 scholarships to attend one of 150+ programs.
Diane Zinna: Want some insider information? We've received 33 entries so far in fiction; 16 in poetry; 27 in CNF
ALTA: Did you know ALTA has announced the Peter Jansen Travel Fellowship? Provides funds for emerging translators! http://ow.ly/YnCaC
WWIGThasos: Workshops in four genres ON A GREEK ISLAND. Now reading applications to work with Forche, Cairns, Bakken, Bakopoulos, Brown, Jacobs.
SanibelWriters: @suemonkkidd keynoting at 2016 Sanibel Conference Registration open soon!
Writeawaysinfo: Writing lack that je ne sais quoi? Writeaways France 9/25-10/2. $100 AWP discount. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.writeaways.com
TheWritersHotel: @TheWritersHotel offers $1500 in scholarships in the spirit of WC&C! http://writershotel.com
Diane Zinna: Our directory lists conferences for ALL levels of experience.
If you missed any of the chat, you can read the transcript in our archives.
Poetry for the K-12 Classroom
If you're teaching K-12 students, or have a child that age, check out what the Poetry Foundation and the Academy of American Poets are doing to bring poetry into the grade school classroom. The Poetry Foundation is accepting applications for its second annual Summer Teachers Institute. The five-day course will partner teachers with poets Robert Pinsky, C. M. Burroughs, Maggie Dietz, Eric McHenry, and Srikanth Reddy to help develop plans to get poetry into the classroom. The deadline to apply is March 11. The Academy of American Poets is offering its Dear Poet Project, which “invites young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors." The Academy will consider all letters for publication on their website, and the participating poets, Linda Gregerson, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jane Hirshfield, Marylin Nelson, Alicia Ostriker, Alberto Ríos, and Anne Waldman, will also respond to select letters.
NEA Creative Writing Fellowship Application Window Closing Soon
Poets—submit an application by March 9 for a chance at a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This opportunity won't be back again until 2018.
|Things to Do in Los Angeles
Heading to LA for #AWP16? Our #AWP16 schedule is packed with more than 1,250 events, author signings, and offsite events. Read through our Attendee Guide for information about LA arts and entertainment, dining, and other attractions. In addition, check out the Show Your Badge Program. Show your AWP badge at these restaurants, activities, stores, and transportation providers for great discounts! Go whale watching at 55% off, visit the GRAMMY Museum for $10, get a free glass of wine at Pez Cantina, and much more!
|March 1: AWP's second #MFAChat tweet chat about choosing the best writing program for you
March 4: Deadline to reserve an ad in the May/Summer Writer's Chronicle
March 14: Last day to submit an offsite event listing
March 15: Deadline for submissions to the National Program Director's Prize
March 16: #AskAWP16 tweet chat
March 30: Deadline for WC&C Contest Submissions
March 30-April 2: AWP Conference & Bookfair in Los Angeles