25 Observations and Tips for Surviving Awp 2019: Portland

If you aren't familiar, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) hosts an enormous (12,000+ attendee) conference each year. It can leave a writer feeling energized and inspired, but can also be quite overwhelming if unprepared. There are plenty of AWP survival articles out there, but none of them seemed to really prepare me for the experience when I went last year. This year’s conference will be held in Portland, OR, and folks, I have some tips for you, grouped below in three categories: general advice for travel, AWP specific advice I wish I’d known before attending, and Portland specific advice to help make the most of your experience in the city.

Moby-Dick and the Arts

I had one of my academic essays published! Check it out: Just A Coincidence? Whether Intention in Artistic Expression Alters Significance: An Analysis and Comparison of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and Matt Kish's Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page

Just in Case

A free-write in response to Abby Murray's "Listen" and events that are always too current to keep up with.   Just in Case When I walk the hill to my car, it isn’t until the last stretch when my calves feel on fire, that I slide my arms out from under the straps of my bag, ready … Continue reading Just in Case

Volume 2: Innovation Now Available

In Layman's Terms

Volume 2: Innovation is now available! You can read it by clicking the “read” button at the top, or simply by clicking here.

Check back periodically for further exploration of the topics brought up in the issue. We will be exploring some of the inspiration behind the pieces and how they relate to the world.

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The Big Dickens

Social security? What’s that?

DWLORENTZEN

“If I could work my will,” said Scrooge indignantly, “every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should.”       A Christmas Carol

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