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.

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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

The Big Dickens

Social security? What’s that?

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“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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Will You Stand Up For Me?

I can understand why half of our country voted for Trump. Sincerely, I do. I understand the feeling of being ignored by our government. I understand we need a change and I hope to God that something good comes out of a Trump presidency. What is not okay, is the mentality that Trump is only … Continue reading Will You Stand Up For Me?

On Redirection and Identiy

I was asked recently when FoxholeBrit would be updated and it’s a fair question, because I know it’s a bit bleak at the moment. What I started with was a collection of poems and short stories that I would only update to the blog after receiving feedback from whatever class assigned them. The deeper I … Continue reading On Redirection and Identiy

Let’s do some digging

Time to rummage through old boxes and first starts, to unravel how this all begins. I hope to turn this into a place to share my thoughts through writing and rambling, mostly as meditation and a method of personal growth. To do that, I better start digging myself out of this safe little hole I call home. … Continue reading Let’s do some digging