Monday, January 24, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- January 24, 2011

Song of the Day: Make it Happen by Selena Gomez

    Hello all! Hope everyone had a great weekend! I'm only 4 followers away from 100! I remember when I only had 2! As I've been saying I'm going to host an extravaganza when I reach 100, so be on the look out. I'm already working on some goodies to give away. Today I'm mostly talking about the AWP conference. It looks like it's going to be Amazing. Take a look.


AWP Conference in Washington D.C. Feb 2-5, 2011

       Okay, seriously, this conference is jammed packed with workshops and famous writers. My favorite writer and "writer idol," Joyce Carol Oates will be there! I literally could not breathe when I found out she was one of the presenters. Writers from around the U.S. will attend and there will be agents, publishers, editors, literary magazines, representatives for MFA programs, and literary greats in general!
Here are some of the writers that will be in attendance:

Juhmpa Lahiri
Junot Diaz
Sandra Cisneros
Rita Dove
Jennifer Egan
Joshua Ferris
Mary Gaitskill
Amy Hempel
Rick Moody
Joyce Carol Oates (insert trumpets here)
Gregory Orr
Elizabeth Strout

      And many more! I almost fell over while reading the list. The list of workshops and presentations is also quite extensive. There's so much to do, that it will be rather hard trying to decide which ones to attend. Here are some examples:

Short Story to Novel
Hired! Landing the Elusive Tenure-Track Job
CLMP Panel- So You've Made an E-book...Now What?
WAMfest and Fairleigh Dickinson University Present: Musicians Who Write More than Songs
A Sense of Where We Were: Nonfiction Writers on Setting
Beyond Print: Digital Directions in Literary Publishing
Examining the PhD in Creative Writing
Playwriting and Screenwriting: Their Business in the Academy
Writing: What to Teach, How to Teach It, and Why
Channeling Voices: The Persona Poem
What to Expect When You're Expecting You're First Book
Transformative Dialogues From Writers of Color
Pushing the Boundaries in Young Adult Fiction

     And that's nothing. Those are less than a handful of the workshops/presentations that will take place. (Anyone notice my shameless plug for my school Fairleigh Dickinson?) The best part about the conference is its affordability, especially if you're a student. They've closed pre-registration but there will not be a cap on the number of people that can attend the conference. On-site registration will be available everyday.

AWP Members          $175
Non-members            $245
Students                     $45
Spouse                       $90
One Day Pass             $110

      If you're a student you can't beat $45 for a four day conference. If you can attend, I would definitely recommed it. I checked and all the hotels in the area are booked, however I'm still hoping to make a miracle happen. If you're in the D.C. area already, then don't let the opportunity pass you by! 

    I do have one contest to announce. My lovely sisters Pam and Marquita are hosting a contest over at their blog now that they have reached 100 followers! They have several prize packs including books, gift cards and critiques! Enter by Jan. 28, 2011. Get over there NOW, if you haven't already.

    As always, don't forget about The Black Fox Fiction Contest going on now! We are also looking for flash fiction pieces and poetry to be featured weekly on our site. Happy Writing!


  1. Lotsa workshops and yep, the prices are good.

  2. Yay!! Thanks for the shout-out! And I want to go to the AWP conference SOO bad--especially since it's practically in my backyard. Alas, the day job beckons--especially since I have to miss a few days for stupid knee surgery. :(

  3. Hi Racquel,
    Extravaganza, huh? Can't wait! C'mon people, let's follow Racquel. I want to see what goodies she has under wraps ;)
    I hope you get your 100 followers soon. I read your blog with or without goodies. Blogland is fun. I have a group of loyal followers who keep coming I do the same :) Good luck!
    P.S. If you want I can add you to my blogroll to bring in more followers, what do you think?

  4. WheeeeEEEeeEEe I'm number 97. I stopped by for the page 99 thing. I am so jealouse your going to washington! sniff.

    Please post a ton of good stuff so we can live in dreamydream land? Best of luck and have a terrific time!