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February 22, 2014

2014 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Whatever your aspirations or accomplishments in the literary world, if you live in the Pacific Northwest, there’s a good chance you’ve caught the AWP buzz. The 2014 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair opens in Seattle this coming Wednesday, February 26, 2014, featuring some 2,000 presenters, 550 literary events, 700 886 exhibitors and an anticipated 11,000 attendees. The two primary venues are the Washington State Convention Center and Sheraton Seattle Hotel, with scores of off-site events at bars, clubs, bookstores, Hugo House and other lit-friendly locations.

  • If you have not registered, you can still do so, both in advance and in person at the Conference beginning on Wednesday.
  • AWP has announced that “The bookfair will be open to the public free of charge on Saturday, March 1.” This is good news for both visitors and exhibitors.
  • AWP has also announced that the reading by Jane Hirshfield and Sharon Olds at 8:30pm on Saturday, March 1, is also free and open to the public.
  • Wondering if AWP is for you? Ask around (and check the blogs of your favorite local writers). Chances are good a writer you know has attended AWP and can give you reasons why it’s worthwhile and how to get the most out of it.
  • If you have some time (you’ll need some time—it’s a monster), take a look at the Schedule (you can also download it as a PDF). Once you’ve registered, most events are free (some off-site events may have a cover charge or suggested donation).
  • Follow the latest news about AWP and the Conference on the AWP page on Facebook.
  • Not this year? The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an annual event, so you can mark your calendar and start planning for: April 8-11, 2015, in Minneapolis; March 30 – April 2, 2016, in Los Angeles; and February 8-11, 2017, in Washington, DC (the 50th Anniversary and likely to be an even bigger deal than usual).

See you in Seattle!

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