Write that Novel
It’s November, so if you feel like writing a novel, National Novel Writing Month is available to help. If you’re into the gentler pace of a novel in a year, #AWP06 keynote speaker Walter Mosley has the book for you.
AWP notes with sadness the recent passing of three beloved writers: Thom Jones, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and Lucia Perillo.
|Find Out How to Grow a Writing Life
In the newest Writer's Notebook blog post, Leslie Pietrzyk examines the elements needed to sustain oneself as a writer. "You have to fill all those years before the YES—and as you do, you will realize that you’re filling them with the thing you love the most, and in the end, that thing is not necessarily the publishing part, but the writing part, and thinking about writing, and surrounding yourself with writers who are smart and funny and passionate, and being a person who creates books."
|Join the Discussion
AWP asked: What's one piece of writing you wish you'd written?
Some of the great answers we received:
Rebecca Meacham: Just one?! The Lovely Bones. Ragtime. Beloved.
John Walters: A Song For Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay
Susan Macdonald: Everything Lois McMaster Bujold has ever written (or is that being greedy?)
Judi Crowe: To Kill a Mockingbird
Rachel Custer: The Dark Tower series
CG Fewston: The Catcher in the Rye or The French Lieutenant's Woman
Matt Hoskison: Given how lucrative it's been ... Harry Potter.
EDML: "The Obsession" by Wesli Court. The most perfect sestina.
Linda Weaver Beacham: Cold Mountain
Gretchen Gales: Basically anything by @JoyceCarolOates
Eric Braun: “White Angel” by Michael Cunningham.
Monique: Donald Hall's latest essay in @NewYorker. A masterpiece.
Follow AWP on Facebook & Twitter, and look for a different question every Tuesday.
|Keep Up with AWP's Continuing Coverage of Race & the Creative Writing Classroom
Kazim Ali addresses structural racism in creative writing programs in our latest online-only exclusive. "A diverse and inclusive creative writing classroom is vital to the success of that classroom as well as a vital part of addressing larger social and political issues surrounding race. Yet students of color are badly underrepresented in the average creative writing classroom."
|Attention Program Directors
Be on the lookout for the best from your students to send to the Intro Awards. The deadline for uploading via our Submittable portal is December 2.
|#AWP17 Conference & Bookfair News
Create your Own Schedule
The #AWP17 events schedule is now available! Our searchable schedule of events allows you to print, save, and share your schedule with friends via email or social media. Start creating your personal schedule today. Also check out our list of featured presenters and our keynote speaker, Azar Nafisi.
Hosting an Offsite Event?
Promote your local event on AWP's website starting November 1. Offsite events will appear on their own online schedule. Remember, in order for an event to be listed on AWP's site, you must verify that it is accessible according to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Disabled and D/deaf Writers Caucus has a list of DC Hosting Venues to help with this.
|What's that Image?
Our design editor created this image of Berdy (mascot of early bird registration) and Dogear (mascot of AWP) trick-or-treating last year, and we haven't had a chance to use it until now. Berdy is wearing a Dogear costume and Dogear is wearing a Berdy costume.
|November 1: Offsite event listing submissions open
November 1: Deadline for bookfair exhibitors to add author signings to the website
November 4: Ad reservation deadline for the #AWP17 conference program