I attended my second conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) this past week. It is a very well attended gathering of students, administrators of MFA writing programs, publishers, scholars, and writers of all ilks.
I love the diversity of this conference in both its attendees, and the topics covered. Hats off to the AWP organizers for the breadth of topics covered in the more than 300 sessions.
Somedays, I learned a little bit; other days, I learned a lot about the craft of writing. That’s why I attended. But the most important thing I gained was a renewed sense of my power and goals in writing.
Poets ruled this conference (and the world, I’ve come to realize). As a fiction writer, I am inspired by poetry.
The immersion in the life of writing: reading, pitching, crafting, researching, collaborating, encouraging, reviewing, critiquing, teaching and learning were the gifts I received during AWP.