Boston University's Editing Program is Potentially in Trouble
The Boston Globe reported that scholar and editor Christopher Ricks has resigned in protest over what he said is Boston University's plan to the let the Editorial Institute "wither and die." The degree in editorial studies is unique and renowned: "Small but well respected, the center teaches students of all disciplines — from law to music to journalism — the scholarly discipline of editing." Laura Krantz wrote, "The new dean of BU’s College of Arts and Sciences, which oversees the institute, has not announced the program’s closure. But in December, Dean Ann Cudd forbade the institute from admitting doctoral students this fall and, in an unusual move, convened a special committee to evaluate the institute."
Harlequin Moves into Literary Fiction
Harlequin, known for its romance novels, is making a move to acquire literary fiction. Its new imprint, Park Row Books, will be "dedicated to 'thought-provoking and voice-driven novels' that have 'mainstream appeal.'" The debut title is Benjamin Ludwig's The Improbable Flight of Ginny Moon, expected in 2017. Ludwig served as a mentor in AWP's Writer to Writer Mentorship Program.
|Thank You, Emari!
June’s #AWPSPOTLIGHT member is Emari DiGiorgio, who works to reach underserved communities in the South Jersey area through poetry readings and workshops. We are thankful for Emari’s work, and for all of the other work being done in the literary world by AWP members. Recognize a writer in your life with an In the Spotlight nomination today!
|Serve as a Mentor in AWP's Writer to Writer Program
Applications are welcome now for members interested in serving as mentors in the Writer to Writer Mentorship Program. The program matches emerging writers with published authors of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting for an intensive three-month series of modules on the writing life. We are particularly in need of mentors who are writers of color and from the LGBTQ and disability communities. Complete a free application today. Mentee applications are not yet open; they will be accepted August 1 through 12.
|Join the Discussion
AWP asked: Now that we're deep into summer reading, it's safe to share a secret. What's your guilty pleasure genre to read?
Some of the answers we received:
Fredrik Hardenborg - Författare: Horror.
Kelley McLain: Historical fiction, anytime of the year!
Donna Meyer: Young adult fiction (think Hunger Games.) I like it because it isn't a huge time investment, like longer works for adults. There are some really good writing in this genre too.
Kate McDevitt: Okay, I'll admit it: picture books. There are some incredibly creative, beautiful, and inspiring picture books out there. They often attract my attention when I'm volunteering at the library, and I'm rarely disappointed by them. Read Shark vs. Train. You'll thank me.
Stephanie Borns: my guilty pleasure to read is to skip reading in favor of podcasts. I don't think I've picked up a book in the summer for the last five years.
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|Show Off Your Membership!
We've added some new badges to the Photos & Graphics page. You can use the member and conference badges to display your participation in AWP this year on your website, blog, or social media account. Enjoy!
|What's that Image?
These are some of our recently spotlighted members. In the Spotlight is our way of featuring AWP members who represent AWP's mission to foster literary achievement, to advance the art of writing, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing. It's a great way to find out what some of our members are up to. Members pictured in the banner are (from left to right): Allison Hedge Coke, Ross White, Jodi Paloni, and Emari DiGiorgio.
|July 27: Bookfair exhibit space selection opens to all organizations
August 1: Early bird registration for #AWP17 opens
August 1: Writer to Writer mentee applications open
August 1: Small Press Publisher Award nominations accepted
August 1: George Garrett Award nominations accepted
Early August: #AWP17 accepted events are announced
August 12: Writer to Writer mentee applications close
August 15: #AWP17 hotel room blocks open