Puget Sound English Department

February 23, 2009

Associated Writing Programs

Filed under: Creative Writing,Publishing — upsenglish @ 5:42 am

I recently returned from an annual conference given by the Associated Writing Programs, an organization for teachers and graduate students of Creative Writing. This year, 8000 people gathered in Chicago for a 4 day whirlwind of panels, readings, receptions, and general mingling. I attended readings by Marilynne Robinson, Bharati Mukherjee, ZZ Packer, Dorothy Allison, and Lucille Clifton. My favorite panel (which was on omniscient POV in fiction) included Robert Boswell and Antonya Nelson. The AWP is a special conference and always leaves one feeling inspired and renewed in the commitment to continue in this difficult pursuit. Grad students sit alongside Pulitzer prize winners who sit alongside emerging writers, all bound by a love for words and stories.

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