I am a Northwest writer who has begun this path as a writer two years ago.
Gentleman Companion One
Gentleman Companion Two
Gentleman Companion Three
• Attendance of over 15,000 and 700 exhibitors from all over the country. https://www.awpwriter.org
• Exhibitors included MFA programs, small presses, university presses, poetry publications, review publications, and writing journals.
• Over 550 sessions, each session lasting one hour including a 15 minute Q and A at the end.
• Podcasts when compiled are available with membership.
• 2015 conference planned for Minnesota.
A few of my highlights:
• Sherman Alexie’s humor and honest conversation about his success as an author included sharing the hour with his editors. Sherman described a writer as one with “constant fear and doubt with every book.” His publisher Grove Atlantic.
• The African Women’s Poetry project feature brought me to my knees emotionally when they read their poems reflecting their countries, political injustice, and oppression. A chapbook collection of their poems is anticipated but not available at this time. One of the poets is from London. http://www.writerscenter.org/slaperinghol
• The panel of teaching/writing artists who offered K-12 children in hospital settings diagnosed with chronic, terminal, or psychological illnesses the opportunity to express themselves through poetry.
• The presentation by the University of Wisconsin press by authors and the Editor inviting authors to compare the offerings of university presses versus the big five trade book companies. University press website http://www.aaupnet.org/ search each press website for their lists requesting types of books.
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