AWP has not yet begun in earnest, but after a bit of sightseeing (the MOMA and SoHo) we were able to pick up our programs and then meet with a friend, Wendell Mayo, who now teaches in the Bowling Green MFA, for dinner. Wendell was our teacher at Lafayette and a real mentor and role model for both of us, especially John.
I am exhausted from tromping hither and yon all day and catching up on some work, but I wanted to post SOMETHING. So I thought I would post a list of the sessions I hope to attend in the next few days. AWP does a neat thing with their conference program (hint hint, 4C’s)–they provide you with a sturdy detached cardboard foldout with a blank schedule on it where you can write in where you need to be and what you want to see in the next few days. Called your Personal Planner it may as well be a dance card. 4C’s and NCTE give you a blank planner, but it’s on a flimsy page inside the conference book, so you can’t refer to it nearly as easily.
So, here goes:
Breakfast with Mary Ann Cain
Inside Publishing: Editor’s Speak
Key Developments in Creative Writing Research
The MA in the UK and the MFA in the USA
Galway Kinnell: A Reading and Conversation
Bedford St. Martin’s Reception
K-12 Poetry Pedagogy
Heather Sellers and Anna Leahy are signing at the Bookfair
From Stories to Novels: Crossing the Great Divide
The Road Not Taken: Alternative Careers with the MFA
Old York, New York: A Picture of the UK’s Literary Culture
Keeping it Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Creative Nonfiction
Recognizing Common Ground: Creative Writer’s as Comp Teachers
The Art of Writing on Craft (with one of my fave writers, Charles Baxter!)
Judging Art: The Role of Assessment in Creative Writing
A Department of Our Own: Creative Writing in Independent Writing Programs (with our own David Harvey!)
Reading and Conversation w/ Martin Amis
Whew! Will she make it to all of these or will she be trampled enroute to a crowded session, never to be heard from again? Find out tomorrow in the next installment of . . .
As AWP Turns. . .