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Poets House has announced it will suspend operations immediately and indefinitely as a result of budgetary issues caused by COVID-19. It is hoped the library may be able to reopen late next year. Lee Briccetti, the executive director of Poets House for over 30 years (set to retire in 2021), said, “We will use this time to reflect on the extraordinary history of Poets House and reevaluate the organization’s future trajectory, especially in light of the new times in which we now live. Poets House has been a central part of my life for the past 30 years. There is nothing quite like it in the literary realm, and we must do all we can to ensure that it remains alive and vibrant.”
Purchase Your #AWP21 Registration at the Early Bird Rate
If you haven’t had a chance to purchase your #AWP21 registration yet, don’t worry about missing out on the lowest rates—the early bird rate has been extended to Monday, November 30. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit the Registration Overview page or email for assistance.
Give the Gift of a Caring Mentor
Writer to Writer is entering its 13th season. Mentoring is a gift both to the mentor and the mentee. With only 600 served, Writer to Writer has formed a community of writers helping writers. Please consider supporting Writer to Writer in this season of giving. All gifts of whatever size are greatly appreciated.
Prepare for Your #AWP21 Prerecording Session
#AWP21 presenters! Once you have scheduled your prerecording session, be sure to prepare for your event by reviewing the Presenter Guidelines page and the Virtual Presentation Guide. A plain-text version of the Virtual Presentation Guide is also available. If you have any questions or concerns about preparing for your #AWP21 prerecording session, please email for assistance.
Use #AWP21 in Your Creative Writing Classroom
The #AWP21 Virtual Conference presents a unique opportunity for students to connect with the writing community in new and exciting ways. AWP board member Stephanie Vanderslice has generously put together an instructor's guide for bringing the #AWP21 Virtual Conference experience into the creative writing classroom. Find out how you can use the #AWP21 Virtual Conference as a classroom tool and then join the conversation in our new AWP Faculty & Mentor Lounge.
Check Out the #AWP21 FAQ Page
If you have any questions about the #AWP21 Conference & Bookfair going virtual, including questions about the cost of registration, what is included with the purchase of a registration, and why we’ve decided to prerecord conference events, please check out the #AWP21 FAQ page. If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please email for assistance.
Thank You to the Margulf Foundation
A warm thanks to the good folks at the Margulf Foundation for awarding AWP a grant of $2,500 for general operating support. Funds will be used to support AWP programs and services to members, including #WritersServe and the Writer to Writer Mentorship Program. 
You Don't Need an MFA to Take Advantage of This Series
Each installment of the Life After the MFA series offers wisdom from experienced writers on subjects ranging from career advice to publishing to handling rejection. Members can access the archives of this series on our website and choose to opt in to the 2020-2021 series by sending us an email.
Submit to #AWP21 Writer to Agent
Writer to Agent is back for #AWP21! Registered conference attendees are eligible to submit a sample of their work to the 2021 Writer to Agent program to be reviewed by over a dozen agents at four excellent literary agencies. If an agent is interested in an author's work, they will contact the applicant directly to set up a meeting during #AWP21. The deadline to submit your query letter and writing sample is Friday, January 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Join the Discussion
AWP asked: Would you rather be able to only read the first page of a book or the last?

Some of the answers we received:

@jennaglov: First. If I read the last page I won't have any idea what is going on and the story is boxed into a certain ending. If I read the first, then I get a starting point to imagine the entire story and take it wherever I want.

@stickpoet: Good question. Thinking about it I decided first. That would allow my imagination to think about where the story might go from there. The last page doesn't quite feed my imagination as well.

@DonnaDrawsU: Last

@shannantchapman: The First!

@angeliquetung: The first always.

Izabella Elkjær Dall Flynn: Last.

Denise Aileen DeVries: No!!!

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Mother and child at #AWP19 in Portland!
November 27: Deadline to reserve ads for the February issue of The Writer's Chronicle

November 30: Deadline to purchase a #AWP21 registration at the early bird rate

December 1: Submissions open for the 2021 Kurt Brown Prizes

December 4: Intro Journals Project deadline

December 15: AWP Community Scholarship deadline


BA in English, concentration in Writing; minors in Creative Writing and Professional Writing

Program type:
Residential (currently online)

Application deadlines:
Applications accepted on a rolling deadline


Edinboro University’s robust writing program offers instruction in multiple genres, providing both fundamentals and immersion in areas chosen by the student.

Student aid offered:
Dependent on academic record and student need. Chuck Palahniuk Writing Scholarship awarded every year.