A movement called Writers Resist is in the works: "On January 15, 2017, writers across the United States and in Europe will come together for Writers Resist, a 're-inauguration' of our shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. Writers Resist events, large and small, will be held in dozens of locations throughout the US and the world." Visit their website to learn more and take part.
Zadie Smith Adapting Swing Time for TV
Zadie Smith is adapting her new novel, Swing Time, into a television series, along with her husband, the writer Nick Laird. The adaptation is being done for the film and TV production company Baby Cow, co-founded by Steve Coogan.
|Enter the 2017 WC&C Scholarship Competition
The WC&C Scholarship Competition is now open! AWP will award winners in three genres, as judged by francine j. harris for poetry, Brian Oliu for creative nonfiction, and Naomi Williams for fiction. The $500 prizes can be applied to attendance at any of the 150+ writers' conferences, centers, festivals, retreats, or residencies in our WC&C Directory.
|AWP Spotlight on Michael Broder
December’s member in the #AWPSPOTLIGHT is Michael Broder. Michael is the founding publisher of Indolent Books and Director of the HIV Here & Now Project, which “advocates for an end to the HIV epidemic via the arts.” Read more about this project and more in Michael’s In the Spotlight interview and nominate a writer in your life today!
|Join the Discussion
AWP asked: What piece of writing are you thankful for?
Some of the answers we received:
Lisa Stice: W. S. Merwin's The Rain in the Trees -- It was the first book of poetry I read (other than the poetry for children I had read or been read in the years before). I bought it when I was in the 8th grade.
Michael James Boyd: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Jason Gray: The late William Trevor's story collection After Rain.
Kimberlee Ponson: 'Mother Night' by Kurt Vonnegut.
Cheri Miller: T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land.
Joe Blend: "A Series of Unfortunate Events," all 13 books. As an adult, their unique style of narrative, voice, and concept were inspiring.
Kate Kearns: Geography III by Elizabeth Bishop
Jackie McGarry: The Bell Jar
Minerva Martinez: Love in the time of Cholera
Dave Martin: the one that pays.
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|#AWP17 Conference & Bookfair News
Preregister for #AWP17
Visit our registration page to secure your place at North America's largest and most dynamic literary conference at discounted rates. Reduced preregistration rates are in effect until December 21, 2016.
Get to Know Our Featured Presenters
In anticipation of the upcoming 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washington, DC, AWP is now releasing exclusive Q&As with our featured presenters, which will be periodically posted on AWP’s website, Facebook, and Twitter. Our first Q&A comes to us from Aminatta Forna. Find out what she thinks everyone should read this year and what she recommends doing while in DC for #AWP17!
|Thank You, Premier & Major Sponsors!
Our conference sponsors help make our annual AWP Conference & Bookfair possible. Their sponsorship also makes it possible for hundreds of students and adjuncts attend for free. We would like to thank this year's premier sponsor, the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University, and this year's major sponsors, Antioch University Los Angeles, Georgia College, Chapman University, CUNY, Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University, NEOMFA, The University of Tampa USC Dornsife, and Wilkes University. Visit the 2017 Sponsors page to see all of our sponsors.
|What's that Image?
The image featured above is part of the cover illustration for the December issue of the Writer's Chronicle, which is now available online. It illustrates the article "What Do You Mean You Can't Do It? The Myth of Show, Don't Tell."
|December 1: WC&C Scholarship Competition opens
December 21: #AWP17 preregistration deadline
December 22: #AWP17 will-call registration begins
January 1: AWP Award Series submissions accepted
January 4: #AWP17 accessibility request deadline