|Join Rita Dove, Jacqueline Woodson, & Mary Chapin Carpenter!
Don't miss a star-studded evening with presentations by Rita Dove and Jacqueline Woodson, and a very special performance by Mary Chapin Carpenter. The AWP 50th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 is a literary fête celebrating AWP’s history and toasting its future over drinks and dinner. The gala's proceeds will go to our Writer to Writer Mentor Program. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the website.
|Share Your AWP Memories!
The Writer's Chronicle is looking for special submissions for AWP's 50th Anniversary. We'd love to read critical appreciations of writers who have made a difference to the literary scene over the last five decades. We are also looking for historical material on AWP's early days as well as photographs from past conferences and of past board members.
Patti Smith Swaps In for Bob Dylan in Stockholm
Patti Smith sang "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the Swedish Academy in Bob Dylan's stead during the Nobel Prize ceremony. The video of the performance is worth watching.
Stories on Your Mobile Device
Kelly Abbott, founder of Great Jones Street, an app for smartphones and tablets that publishes short stories, is interviewed over at Lit Reactor. Abbott is the son of writer Lee K. Abbott, who will be the subject of a profile in the February Writer's Chronicle. Download the Great Jones Street app and start reading. And while you're there, if you haven't, download the Writer's Chronlcle app as well.
|Serve as a Mentor in AWP's Writer to Writer Program
AWP's 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. Mentors volunteer their time and receive a free one-year AWP membership; the program is free to mentees. Writer to Writer is open to all members, but we particularly encourage two underserved segments of our membership to apply—those writers who have never been associated with an MFA program and those writing from regions, backgrounds, and cultures that are typically underrepresented in the literary world. Mentor applications are welcome now. We particularly need mentors in speculative fiction, YA, and screenwriting. Prospective mentees can find the application on Submittable January 1 through 12, 2017.
|Give the Gift of AWP this Holiday
Want to share your love of AWP this season? You can purchase an AWP gift membership for the writers in your life. When you do, you’ll be entered to win one of two great prizes: a free registration to #AWP17, our Annual Conference & Bookfair taking place this year in Washington, DC, or a pair of tickets to our conference’s Friday night VIP reception. Gift memberships are just $59—20% off—now through January 5.
|Do You Consider Yourself New to Writing?
More and more people are joining AWP for guidance on how to get started as a writer. Our website has an abundance of resources on all aspects of a writer's life, but you may not know where to begin. Starting this January, AWP is launching a year-long, monthly email series for people who consider themselves "new writers." Topics will include publishing, inspiration and craft, finding a community, and literary citizenship. You can opt in for this special series by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Join the Discussion
AWP asked: What is one of your recent book purchases?
Some of the answers we received:
Tracy Zavaleta: Poetry 180 by Billy Collins. Not my choice; it's a Lit class required material. The last book I bought for myself was Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen.
Michael Wells: The Art of the Memoir by Mary Karr
Natasha Oladokun: Lisa Russ Spaar's Blue Venus. One of the best things I've bought in a while.
Kate Mahan Kastelein: I just bought Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Highly recommend both in light of recent election.
Margaret Kingsbury: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis (it was great!) and View from the Cheap seats by Neil Gaiman (haven't read it yet).
CB Auder: Hoopty Time Machines, Christopher DeWan @theurbansherpa @AtticusBooks. OH loved it; I'm still savoring :) http://hooptytimemachines.com
Linda Connors: Graham Green - Short stories...... G D. Wodehouse - Piccadilly Jim ........ Carol Shields - Various Miracles
Aleksandar Psale Ćirković: Bil Bryson - One Summer: America, 1927; William Golding - The Inheritors; Michael Chabon - Telegraph Avenue
Tatiana Figueroa: Daughters of the Stone, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths, & Song of the Simple Truth (for a special girl). Can Santa bring me more?
Follow AWP on Facebook & Twitter, and look for a different question every Tuesday.
|Learn from AWP Members In the Spotlight!
New to writing? Recommitting to a writing life? In the Spotlight interviews are a great source of practical advice & motivation! While you are reading interviews, be sure to acknowledge the writer who has made a difference in your life with an #AWPSPOTLIGHT nomination!
|Get Your Submissions Ready
In just two weeks, you'll be able to submit your book-length works in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and short fiction to the AWP Award Series competition. One prize per genre includes publication and an award of $2,500–$5,500. Remember that AWP members get a discount on AWP Award Series entry fees!
|Take Advantage of Pregistration Rates 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.
|Featured This Month
Every month, we feature new members, articles, and podcasts on the main page of our website. This month we're featuring "On the Founding of WC&F: Community for Writers " by Kelleen Zubick from the May/Summer 1995 issue of the Writer's Chronicle. The featured blog post is "Food Similes in Consider the Oyster " by Betsy K. Brown. The featured podcast is Episode 133: Where Community and Culture Collide: 15 years of the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center from #AWP16 in Los Angeles. And the featured member In the Spotlight is Michael Broder, Director of the HIV Here & Now Project.
|Thank You, Benefactor & Patron Sponsors!
We would like to thank all of the organizations and programs who are sponsoring #AWP17! You can view all of our sponsors on this year's sponsorship page.
Our benefactor sponsors are: George Mason University Creative Writing Program, Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Writing Program, St. Francis College Writing Program, and University of Maryland MFA in Creative Writing.
Our patron sponsors are: Adelphi University MFA Creative Writing Program, American University MFA in Creative Writing, ASU Creative Writing Program & The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Black Mountain Institute, Chatham University MFA Creative Writing Program, Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing, Creighton University MFA in Creative Writing, Goddard College Creative Writing Programs, Institute of American Indian Arts MFA in Creative Writing, MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Miami University Low-Residency MFA * Residential MA * Miami University Press, The Mile-High MFA at Regis University, NYU Creative Writing Program, Prairie Schooner/African Poetry Book Fund/Creative Writing PhD at UNL, Rosemont College Graduate Creative Writing & Publishing Programs, Rutgers-Newark MFA in Creative Writing, Salmon Poetry, Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College, Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature, University of Miami MFA in Creative Writing, University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program, University of North Carolina, Wilmington MFA Program, University of San Francisco MFA in Writing, University of Utah Creative Writing Program, Virginia Tech MFA in Creating Writing Program, and The Writer's Center.
|What's that Image?
For the winter season, our designer created this image of our mascot, Dogear, building a snowman (or is it a snowbird?).
|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 12: Writer to Writer Mentorship Program application deadline
January 17: #AWP17 offsite event submission deadline