Creative Writing Students Attend AWP Conference
by Kim Henderson, Creative Writing Chair
Last week, Creative Writers Scarlett McCarthy, Maria Alvarado-Velasquez, and Becky Hirsch went to Chicago with Kim Henderson and Katherine Factor to attend the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) conference and book fair. AWP hosts one of the biggest writers’ conferences in the country, which typically features 400 presentations, including readings, lectures, panel discussions, receptions, and informal gatherings. More than 550 publishers are represented at the book fair.
Our students attended author panels on everything from creating a short story collection to writing Young Adult literature. They also gave a reading with students from the Chicago Academy for the Arts at the Palmer House hotel on Thursday night. The reading featured writer Seth Fried, author of The Great Frustration. Kim also read on Thursday night at The Southeast Review’s 30th anniversary party with Dinty W. Moore, Francine Witte, and Carol J. Clouse, while Katherine reconnected with old friends from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, getting the latest news on poetry. The students stayed with homestays from the Chicago Academy for the Arts for part of the trip, and also spread the word about Parallax Online to high school students and teachers—be on the lookout for new work!
The group was able to have lunch and a mini-tour of downtown Chicago with alum Madison Hartzog-Warren, who attends Columbia College Chicago. Our three days in Chicago were packed as we made new friends and reunited with old ones, found tons of new books and writers at the book fair, and kept ourselves entertained during coffee breaks with famous author sightings.
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