planning ahead

December 20, 2021

Last here in 2014, the AWP Conference is returning to Seattle… March 8-11, 2023.

Will the Convention Center be ready? The expansion is well underway. The July 2021 construction update said, “The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) Addition — also known as the Summit building — is one year from completion” and the Summit page on the WSCC website projects a January 2023 opening.

AWP 2021 was all virtual; AWP 2022, scheduled March 23–26 in Philadelphia, is expected to be a hybrid event, with virtual components. AWP 2023 is anyone’s guess. Mark your calendar and watch for details.

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photo: 2014 AWP Conference & Bookfair

a good read

August 1, 2015

The Writers Chronicle

Perhaps you were one of the 12,000 people who attended the AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair in Seattle in 2014. You didn’t need to be a member of AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) to attend, but in addition to reduced admission costs, one of the perks of membership is a subscription to The Writer’s Chronicle.

Published six times a year, the magazine “features in-depth essays on the craft of writing, as well as extensive interviews with accomplished authors.” The articles are exceedingly well written and worthwhile. The magazine also contains “news on publishing trends and literary controversies; a listing of grants, awards, and publication opportunities available to writers; and a list of upcoming conferences.”

There is an archive of sample articles on The Writer’s Chronicle overview page and The Writer’s Chronicle also has a new Facebook page with links to additional articles.

On a related note, the 2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair will be held in Los Angeles at the Convention Center and JW Marriott, March 30 through April 2, 2016. Early-bird registration is now open.

Moveable Feasts

A Moveable Feasts Workshop
February 23-25, 2014
A guest post by Nance Van Winckel

Our workshops are for people who already have graduate degrees in creative writing. Patricia and I see this as an opportunity for participants to try out new writing on a very smart group of readers. We also offer suggestions about the literary marketplace — book publishers, agents, literary journals, and the like. Many who took our workshops ten years ago have published books now!

Patricia Henley and I have taught together many times, and in such interesting places as Abiquiu, New Mexico (at Georgia O’Keefe’s former place), and lovely St. Augustine, Florida. We keep our groups to 8-9 people in each workshop, and even over meals with participants, we continue conversations about writing: the process, authors we love, how to keep the writing practice front and center in our lives.

I love our participant readings too. The Seattle session will feature several of those — another opportunity for writers to share works in progress. While our workshop hours are very focused and intense, our times outside of workshop are full of fun conversation, good food and drink, and a sense of celebrating one another. I like this balance. I know our participants return home refreshed and eager to get back with increased vigor to their writing projects.

Poetry workshops will discuss three poems by each participant. I’m suggesting people contribute one primarily narrative poem, one primarily lyric poem, and one prose poem. Just a suggestion. My idea was we might discuss differences and expectations of these genres. Fiction writers may submit up to 25 pages of a short story or novel excerpt.

Both workshops are already about half full, and with superb writers. E-mail Nance or Patricia (see addresses at the bottom of the poster) with questions and for enrollment information.

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Nance Van Winckel ( has two new books out in 2013: Pacific Walkers, her sixth collection of poems (U. of Washington Press), and Boneland, her fourth book of linked stories (U. of Oklahoma Press). The recipient of two NEA Poetry Fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner, she has new work from a (text-based photo-collage) novel forthcoming in Kenyon Review and Hotel Amerika. She teaches in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her text-based collage work may be viewed at:

Patricia Henley is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, three short story collections, two novels, a stage play, and numerous essays. Her first book of stories, Friday Night at Silver Star (Graywolf, 1986), was the winner of the Montana First Book Award. Her first novel, Hummingbird House (MacMurray & Beck, 1999), was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent publications include an essay in Smithsonian Magazine and short stories in Glimmer Train, Seattle Review, and The Normal School. She taught for 24 years in the MFA Program at Purdue University and now lives in Cincinnati with her two dogs, Jack and Alice. Her website, which has more info about her books, is:


A couple of days ago, we mentioned that the 2014 AWP Conference would be held in Seattle. In addition to the vast exhibition hall and person-to-person buzz, perhaps the most significant feature of the conference is the presentations. These come in a variety of forms, such as readings, panels, workshops, etc., and the proposal process is highly competitive.

Proposals are now being accepted and must be received by Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The event proposal handbook and guidelines can be viewed or downloaded here.

If you are considering making a proposal or just interested in the process, Richard Hugo House, in Seattle, invites you to attend the AWP Panel Panel with Waverly Fitzgerald, Rebecca Hoogs, Peter Mountford and Tree Swenson on Monday, April 15, 2013, at 5:30pm. RSVP on Facebook.

are you Tumbling?

April 7, 2013

Ben Fama - be youAt the AWP Conference, poets who stopped by the table of the Academy of American Poets were asked to deliver a piece of advice for younger poets. Throughout National Poetry Month, the Tumblr features a letter/postcard of advice from one of those poets each day, including today’s offering, by Ben Fama.

For further inspiration, take some time to browse a few of the  other 165 pages (with ten images per page) on the Tumblr.

For local inspiration, click on the NW Lit Events page and check out the abundance of readings, workshops and other activities scheduled for National Poetry Month (and beyond) in Washington State (and sometimes beyond). The page is updated daily, so check back often (and please do leave a Comment with your upcoming Washington event — including a link for more information).

For yet more inspiration, mark your calendar for February 26 – March 1, 2014, when the AWP Conference & Bookfair will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

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