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Writer's News
"35 over 35" Project Features Thirty-Five-plus year-old Authors Who Published Their Debuts This Year

A website was recently launched to celebrate writers who published their first book at an age that is not often celebrated, "because publishing a book deserves celebration at any stage of one’s career."

It's a New Year; Get a Jump on the Books Forthcoming in 2017

Publishers Weekly recently released its list of spring 2017 titles that they feel will be standouts. You'll find many of these titles in the Bookfair at #AWP17.
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Alix Ohlin discusses fiction in the age of social media on the Writer's Notebook. "To dramatize the experience of social media in a novel is to try to hit a moving target."
Writer to Writer Mentorship Program Applications Open Tomorrow!
The Writer to Writer Mentorship Program matches emerging writers and published authors for a three-month series of modules on topics such as craft, revision, publishing, and the writing life. All AWP members are eligible to apply, but we particularly encourage applications from those who have never been associated with an MFA program and those writing from regions, backgrounds, and cultures too often underrepresented in the literary world. All genres welcome! The mentee application is available on Submittable January 1 through 12, 2017. Mentor applications are also being welcomed now.
Give the Gift of AWP for the New Year!
There is still time to give the gift of AWP membership for those who love writing and literature. When you purchase a gift membership for $59, you are automatically entered to win one of two great prizes—a registration to #AWP17, our annual conference taking place this year in Washington, DC, or 2 tickets to our Friday night VIP conference reception. Discounted holiday gift memberships are only available until January 5.
Join the Discussion
AWP asked: What was the most memorable book you read in 2016?

Some of the answers we received:

Tamara Fox: Just finished Edna O'Brien's The Little Red Chairs. Well written, with much to think about :)

Sarah Katz: Return to the City of White Donkeys by James Tate

Savita Vega: Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely

Robbin-Lee DiPerna: Live Quest by Mark Chironna

Eric Evans: Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi

Nancy Dee Langley Keel: The Girl On the Train

Barbara Williams: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

Melissa Bobe: White Is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi. Taught it once & my students unanimously loved it & so did I, so I taught it again!

Follow AWP on Facebook & Twitter, and look for a different question every Tuesday.
AWP Spotlight on Jan Beatty!
“I think that we are making art and hoping to change worlds.” Our first #AWPSPOTLIGHT member of 2017 is Jan Beatty, Director of Madwomen in the Attic and Host and Producer or Prosody. Visit In the Spotlight to learn more about the work Jan is doing in her Pittsburgh community today!
#AWP17 Conference & Bookfair News
Host an offsite event at #AWP17!

Submit your offsite events on our website by January 17 to be included in our online and mobile app schedules.

See Updated Accessibility Services for #AWP17

AWP is committed to making all reasonable arrangements that will allow conference attendees to participate in conference events. All accessibility requests for the 2017 Conference & Bookfair should be directed to Colleen Cable at events@awpwriter.org. The deadline for accessibility requests is January 4, but AWP makes every effort to accommodate late requests. See our updated accessibility services on our website.

Will-call Registration for #AWP17 is Now Open!

Visit our registration page to secure your place at North America's largest and most dynamic literary conference at discounted rates. Need to renew your membership? Bundle your registration and one-year membership to save money!
Thank You, Premier & Major Sponsors!
We would like to thank this year's premier sponsor, the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University.

We also thank 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.

Our conference sponsors help make our Annual Conference & Bookfair possible. Visit the 2017 Sponsors page to see lists of all of our sponsors.
What's that Image?
Our Design Assistant, the newest member of our staff, created this image for Alix Ohlin's piece "Fiction in the Age of Social Media."
December 21: #AWP17 preregistration deadline

December 22: #AWP17 will-call registration begins

January 1: AWP Award Series opens for submissions

January 1: Writer's Chronicle reading period begins

January 1: Writer to Writer Mentorship Program applications accepted

January 4: #AWP17 accessibility requests due

January 5: Last day to purchase holiday gift membership

January 12: Writer to Writer Mentorship Program application deadline

January 17: #AWP17 offsite event submission deadline
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