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Check Out #AWP21 Events & Featured Programming
Accepted events have been announced for #AWP21! Check out the great lineup of topics, genres, and presenters!

Our featured events list is coming together with more events to be announced soon. We are thrilled to have the US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo as our #AWP21 keynote speaker, plus many other featured presenters including Aimee Bender, Sarah Broom, Jericho Brown, Sumita Chakraborty, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Marlena Chertock, Katherine Coles, Rio Cortez, Eileen Cronin, T.K. Dalton, Edwidge Danticat, Alison Deming, Camille Dungy, Shira Erlichman, Mira Jacob, Taylor Johnson, Crystal Hana Kim, James Tate Hill, Marie Mockett, and many more!
AWP Spotlight on Author LeAnne Howe
“Do something that takes you out of your comfort zone. Do something that you can write about later. Otherwise, your fiction will not grow, you will not get a publisher, and you will give up creative writing because you will have nothing interesting to say.” Career advice for writers from author LeAnne Howe. LeAnne is our December member in the #AWPSPOTLIGHT, and her full interview is available now.
Apply for #AWP21 Work-Exchange Progam
In exchange for a pre-shift web training and a four-hour shift, work-exchange participants receive a waived registration. It's a great opportunity to see the conference from a whole new perspective, develop new skills, and serve your fellow AWP attendees. For more information, email
Prepare Your Submisson for the 2021 Kurt Brown Prizes
The 2021 Kurt Brown Prizes application period will open on December 17, 2020, and end on May 14, 2021. In this contest, AWP awards scholarships to writers of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry to help them attend the writers' conference, festival, retreat, or residency of their choice. Writers from our BIPOC, disabled, and LGBTQ communities are particularly encouraged to apply.
Review the Presenter Guidelines
#AWP21 presenters! As you get ready to record your conference event, please remember to review the Presenter Guidelines for important information on making your event plan and preparing your materials, as well as the Presenter Terms & Conditions. If you have any questions about your event, please email Aubrey Kamppila at for assistance.
Request Accessibility Services for #AWP21 Events
If you need accessibility services to participate in your #AWP21 event recording, please see our Accessibility Services web page and contact Colleen Cable at with requests or questions. All video content will be captioned post-recording.
Virtual AWP Pedagogy 
On Tuesday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m. ET on YouTube, Virtual AWP Pedagogy welcomes a roundtable discussion on Moving the Creative Writing Classroom Online with Lucy Biederman, Tamara Girardi & Lex Williford. AWP Board Member Stephanie Vanderslice moderates this exploration of teaching strategies in a suddenly-virtual environment. Read more in The Writer's News and register to receive an event reminder.
Join the Discussion
AWP asked: In honor of the upcoming holiday, what books or authors are you thankful for?

Some of the answers we received:

@AudreyTCarroll: Erick Setiawan, Madeline Miller, Ada Limón, James Baldwin, Zoraida Córdova, Jericho Brown, Carmen Maria Machado, Kristin Cashore, Julie Otsuka, Audre Lorde, Aiden Thomas, Lyn Hejinian, Suzanne Walker, Isabel Sterling, Tracy Deonn, & Lesley Nneka Arimah. (And I bet I forgot some.)

Naveed Rehan: The Art of Selfishness by David Seabury.

Izabella Elkjær Dall Flynn: Larry McMurtry, Joe Lansdale,  Raymond Chandler, Jack Kerouac + Willard Motley.

Follow AWP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to look for a different question every Tuesday.
What's That Image?
A book, a candle, and a cup of coffee placed next to a pillow on a cozy window seat. Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash.
December 4: Intro Journals Project deadline

December 8: AWP Virtual Pedagogy event

December 15: AWP Community Scholarship deadline

December 17: Submissions open for the 2021 Kurt Brown Prizes

DECEMBER FEATURED MEMBER PROGRAMS: Check Out These Great AWP Member Programs Today!

Saint Mary’s College of California MFA Program offers concentrations in CNF, Fiction, and Poetry, as well as dual concentrations.

Program type:
Full-time residential but currently online.

Application deadlines:
Applications for Fall 2021 are currently being accepted. Priority deadline is December 10, and final deadline is January 31.


The Saint Mary’s MFA in Creative Writing is committed to maintaining an inclusive community built upon diversity. We welcome all styles of writing and emphasize a craft-oriented approach, with writing workshops that cultivate a space where writers can take artistic risks and all participants are valued.

Student aid offered:
Partial-tuition scholarships, as well as fellowships in teaching, publishing/ editorial, and community engagement.