So Wordamour and husband are headed to DC this week for the Associated Writing Programs Conference with lots to look forward to. So much, in fact, that we are going to have to pace ourselves. And we’re at a hotel that’s a whole metro ride away from the conference so there will be very little going back to the room between events to de-stress by lying on a hotel bed staring at mindless tv (my de-stressing MO, if you haven’t guessed).
I’m on two panels which I’m very much looking forward to. Fiction Writer’s Review gave me a shout out as a contributor when they listed contributor’s panels here. I love Fiction Writer’s Review–if you’re at the Book Fair, check them out. Better yet, subscribe to their blog.
Besides the panels: Focus group on creative writing books for Bedford St. Martin’s with a free lunch and a stipend, dinner at Meskerem (a fondly remembered Ethiopian restaurant from my salad days in DC) with Anna Leahy and Cathy Day and friends, dinner with grad school pals Kelly Stern and Deb Moore, dinner with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law in from Maryland one night as well.
A publication party for Erika Dreifus’ Quiet Americans, which my husband reviewed here.
A whole group of students is going from UCA this year (and I know they will behave themselves so others can follow in future years. Right? Right.). Colleagues Mark Spitzer and Garry Powell. Former student, current Roosevelt MFA Heather Cox.
The Toad Suck Review will make its debut!
Glimpses of my British friends, Graeme Harper and Paul Munden among them (and the annual payment of my NAWE dues).
And the bookfair. And more panels. And somewhere in there, my birthday!
I’ll be blogging about it all!
PS A shout out to my mother, who is making all this possible by staying with my kiddos! Thanks, Mom!