AWP Nugget: Tips for Writers Looking for the Tenure-Track Teaching Job

BOSTON -- You love to write. You need to earn a living. Why not teach what you love? You're not the first person to think of that. Every person with an MFA has entertained that fantasy, and many more writers beyond that. Here at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2013 conference, four writing …

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AWP Nugget: Hey Writers, Let’s Meet Up in Person in Seattle in 2014!

BOSTON -- One emotion I have always felt at the AWP creative writers conference is jealousy. Jealousy of the talent and success of the panelists and readers. Jealousy of the way so many writer attendees approach literary editors on the Bookfair floor without fear. But, mostly, jealousy of how so many attendees have made the …

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AWP Nugget: Left-Brain Planning for a Right-Brain Conference

The process of creating art fires neurons in the right side of our brains. Planning and organization processes in the left side. Planning the most creative use of one's time at North America's largest literary conference requires whole-brain thinking. Every artist I interviewed  on my cross-country U.S. road trip understood the role of planning in …

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A Round-Up of Resources for AWP 2013

With 11,000 creative writers about to descend upon Boston for the 2013 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, it's not surprising that some of those writers have written online posts providing guidance and advice. I've collected a few below. If you're planning on attending this year's AWP from March 6-9, feel free …

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The Role of the AWP Conference in a Creative Writer’s Evolution

I've booked my flight and hotel for this year's Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Boston, Massachusetts. I'm in Beantown from Wednesday, March 6th to Saturday the 9th, a very short time to take in all of the workshops, readings, receptions, and of course, the massive trade show floor with just about …

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MFA Nugget: The Social Life of a Residency

"You should write about what the social life is like here. That was the thing I was most afraid of before coming." One of my fellow students at my Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA residency made that suggestion last night, and so I'm going to take that on here. Now the first question is, …

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Lit Journal Nugget: Ep;phany

Awhile back I had an epiphany; as I studied literary journals I would run reviews on this site. I then had a further epiphany; I would invite readers to submit their own. I'm pleased to feature the first guest post in the Lit Journal Nugget series, a review of Ep;phany by Jennifer (Jenna) McGuiggan, a great …

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