Thursday, January 10, 2008

Update on AWP Conference

In case you haven't yet heard, the upcoming Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference, slated for the end of the month in New York, is now utterly and completely sold out. This is the seventh AWP I'll be attending, and this has never happened before. (Nor have the other conferences anticipated as many as 7,000 attendees.) I'm lucky that I've already registered, but I have to say the idea the idea of finding a seat at any given panel or reading--when 7,000 other people will be doing the same--is a bit daunting.

I know that more than a few people had planned to buy their passes on-site. Now that that's no longer an option, I'll try to provide some alternative literary activities--taking place elsewhere in Manhattan--for their benefit. Look for a list-in-progress to be posted here tomorrow.

And everyone--those who'll be in town but will be sans registration badges and those who hadn't planned to attend in the first place--can get a glimpse into the goings-on. I'll be blogging about the conference while it unfolds over at The Writer magazine's Web site. Stay tuned for more info. on that, too.


Anonymous said...

Erika -- Thanks for all of the info you generously share in your blog. Are you willing to expound on the benefits of going to the AWP conference, particularly for someone coming from the west coast? I have a spot, but debating if it is actually valuable enough to warrant the expense and time. Thanks for any thoughts -- I don't know anyone else who is involved enough to ask. Lori

Erika D. said...

Lori, thank you so much for your comment. I will try to respond shortly (in the next day or two). In the meantime, please check this thread over at the Poets & Writers Speakeasy (if you haven't already). You'll need to register to view the comments, but it won't cost you!

Anonymous said...

AWP will be posting a list of off-site events for those individuals who are already in New York or will be coming. I guess a TON of organizations and book fair people are having off-site events in NYC because of the Conference, and some of them are free. If you know of any more events, you should totally send them to AWP so they can include them on the list they are making to distribute.

Erika D. said...

Thanks, anonymous. I've located the AWP list and posted a link to the new post.