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Get Inspired with In the Spotlight!
In the Spotlight has featured many powerful members of the literary community, including activists, educators, and community leaders. September’s In the Spotlight member, Caits Meissner, is the creator of Digging Deep, Facing Self and the #GrowFierce community, designed to “uplift, heal, and transform women into their boldest selves.”

Gather inspiration from writers chosen for In the Spotlight, and nominate someone from your community today!
Have #AWP16 Registration Questions?
Where do I go to register? What is this registration code for? Do I need to buy a badge separately if I bought an exhibit space? How can I be sure my name badge is spelled correctly? Learn the answers to these questions and ask some questions yourself during our tweet chat on the topic of AWP Conference & Bookfair registration. Join us on Twitter on October 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET using the hashtag #AWP16Reg.
Meet Our Mentors & Mentees
The fall 2015 session of the Writer to Writer mentorship program has begun. Find out about our current mentors and mentees. If you would like to volunteer as a mentor, applications are being accepted now for our spring session, which will begin in February 2016.
Take Us on a Campus Visit
Students, do you love your new writing program and want to share how special it is? Send us your (informal and entertaining) three-minute videos, and we'll help promote your program on our website and in our social media. You can view the Campus Visit Video submissions we've received from students at MFA and BFA programs across the country.
Become a Sponsor for #AWP16 Los Angeles
Sponsor opportunities will close on October 30, so pledge now and promote your program, press, or literary organization in a comprehensive and low-cost way at the #AWP16 Conference & Bookfair. Sponsorship provides a great way to increase your profile to writers, students, publishers, and the literary community. Sponsors enjoy great benefits, including extensive marketing impressions; program advertising; registration waivers for faculty, staff, and students; and bookfair exhibit space at the Patron level and up.

Learn more about sponsorship levels, the bookfair, and advertising on our sponsorship webpage, or contact our development director, Pamela Mills.
Final Month for Early-Bird Registration for #AWP16
Early-bird registration ends Friday, October 30. Register today to secure the lowest conference rates. Conference registration is by credit or debit card only, so log on to our store to secure your place at North America's largest and most dynamic literary conference. Also online, you can learn more about our keynote speaker, Claudia Rankine, and the conference's other featured presenters, browse our growing list of exhibitors, and review the tentative list of accepted events. Keep an eye on our website for the announcement of the full conference schedule, which will appear later this month.
Sign Up to Volunteer at #AWP16!
AWP opened up conference volunteer positions to students and adjunct professors on October 1, 2015. In exchange for a four-hour block of your time, volunteers receive a complimentary conference registration. Volunteers will help staff registration areas, assist attendees with directions, and monitor conference events. Sign up today to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!
Book Your Hotel Room for #AWP16
Visit our hotel and travel page for information and updates regarding booking discounted lodging and travel for the #AWP16 Conference & Bookfair in Los Angeles. Conference hotels usually sell out of rooms several months in advance of our conference. While you're there, check out the great discounts on travel that conference attendees can receive. Make your reservations now to avoid disappointment. Please contact the hotel directly to make reservations. AWP does not endorse or use a third-party housing service to help with the reservation and/or sale of hotel rooms during our conference. Attendees who use a third-party housing service to secure lodging at one of our contracted hotels may be engaging in illegal activity.
Secure Your Exhibit and Bookfair Stage Today for #AWP16
Join over 500 exhibiting organizations that have secured space at the Los Angeles bookfair. Purchase early for the best exhibit location, to maximize your visibility with the greatest marketing impressions, and to enjoy advance planning time to capitalize on this opportunity to reach over 12,000 literary enthusiasts at the most popular independent bookfair in the country. Reservations are also now open for securing a Bookfair Stage Event. Host your reading, celebration, and other literary event on one of the two Adelphi University sponsored Bookfair Stages, set amid the bustle and excitement of one of the most popular areas of our conference. And don't forget to like our AWP Bookfair Facebook page to receive updates directly to your news feed.
AWP Releases List of Events Dedicated to Diverse Communities
In response to requests for demographic information on the extent to which various communities participate in the 2016 Los Angeles AWP Conference & Bookfair, AWP has published “Communities of the AWP Conference & Bookfair,” which catalogs 231 events. The events self-identify themselves, in their titles or descriptions, as events dedicated to the representation of twelve communities among the many that comprise AWP.
Read the Writer's Notebook
"How to Start an MFA Program from Scratch" is part one of three in a series about creating a new MFA program by fiction writer and teacher Christopher Coake.
Join Us Every Tuesday and Friday!
Check out AWP's Twitter and Facebook accounts every week. On #QuestionTuesday, share your thoughts on a topic with the writing community. And on #QuoteFriday, get inspired by a quotation from one of our previous or upcoming Writer's Chronicle articles.
You've Graduated—Now What?
A short guide to pursuing a postgraduate fellowship in creative writing is available in our Career Advice section.
Consider the Multigenre Workshop
In Richard Katrovas's online-only exclusive, he explores the benefits of having multigenre workshops at advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.
Program Directors: Submit Your Students' Work to the Intro Journals Project
Program directors are invited to nominate students' works, which are selected for publication in participating literary journals, including Artful Dodge, Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, and Tampa Review.
AWP Launches Annual Rotation of Surveys
AWP knows that collecting demographic information in our association is important, and so last year we began the first survey in an annual rotation of comprehensive, stratified surveys to gather data on our programs, students, graduates, and faculty. We are now completing a survey of our program directors. We will share the survey results with you later this semester. Subsequent surveys will establish baselines by which we track demographic trends for students, graduates, faculty, and administrators.
October 1: #AWP16 volunteer sign-up opens

October 7: Tweet chat about registering for the conference

October 30: Early-bird registration rates end for #AWP16

October 30: Sponsorship deadline for #AWP16

October 31: Preregistration rates begin for #AWP16