It's not too early to start thinking about the 2013 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair. The AWP Conference attracts more than 10,000 attendees and nearly 600 publishers every year, and features more than 450 readings, lectures, panel discussions, and forums, and hundreds of book signings, receptions, dances, and informal gatherings.
March 6-9, 2013
Sheraton Boston Hotel & Hynes Convention Center
Several LM editors attended the 2012 conference in Chicago.
Here's what they had to say about it:
Caroline Grant, Editor-in-Chief: "It is the one time every year that I meet up with Literary Mamas and spend three days fully and happily immersed in conversations about writing and mothering." Read more here.
Stephanie Hunt, Senior Editor: "We all sit quietly, pens in hand, notebooks in lap, listening to lectures and panel discussions. Heads nod approvingly as poet Philip Levine delivers genius verse, as writer Jill McCorkle holds sway in a golly-gee West Virginia accent that can't camouflage her brilliance. We drink in the wisdom of our elders, soak up the glow cast off by literary luminaries--those who have won Pulitzers and lesser prizes, who have been anointed by Kirkus and the ,New York Times, those who know what royalties are, here in this ballroom decked out for royalty." Read more here.
Kate Hopper, Literary Reflections Editor: " If you haven't been to AWP, be warned--it's mayhem (especially at the hotel bar on Friday afternoon.) There were over 10,000 people there this year, which made the bar (and the elevator) extremely crowded. But in addition to being overwhelmingly packed, AWP is also invigorating, inspiring, and just plain fun." Read more here.
Rhena Tantisunthorn, Creative Nonfiction Associate Editor: "We sat down over drinks and food and talked about writing and reading and life and teaching. I realized how much I've missed the intensity of being surrounded by writers, of accessing a shared vocabulary to talk about craft and narrative and sentences and books. I realized I've been going along feeding the fire with tiny bits of kindling and scraps of wood and then this weekend came along and brought with it a barrel of kerosene and two cords of wood." Read more here.
Let us know if you're planning to attend AWP Boston. We'd love to meet you!