The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) returns to Seattle, March 8-11, 2023, at the Seattle Convention Center. The conference will host literary panels, readings, and a book fair. In 2014, when AWP last happened in Seattle, more than 14,000 people attended. The organizers say it will be a “destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers of contemporary creative writing. It includes thousands of attendees, hundreds of events and bookfair exhibitors, and four days of essential literary conversation and celebration. The AWP Conference & Bookfair has always been a place of connection, reunion, and joy, and we are excited to see the writing community come together again in Seattle, Washington in 2023.”
Registration is now open at awpwriter.org/awp_conference/overview for $200 (Members) or $300 (Nonmembers) for the full conference. This early bird rate increases to $250/$350 after November 22. Onsite registration in March will be $435/$540. For those who cannot afford these rates, AWP offers other ways to participate.
The AWP Conference Scholarship Program, which has a deadline of December 8, 2022, is now open. AWP encourages those who identify as people of color, disabled, LGBTQIA+, and/or low-income to apply. Membership is not required to apply. This year, 75% of conference scholarships will be awarded to local Seattle residents.
AWP also offers a Work-Exchange Program, which is intended for “current students, adjunct professors, or someone in need of assistance to cover the cost of the conference.” In exchange for training and four hours of volunteering, AWP will provide a waived conference registration. The deadline to apply is January 27, 2023.