Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Another AWP Bites the Dust

Another year, another AWP Annual Conference that I don't attend (but wish I had). As usual, several great writers I know will be both attending and presenting. As usual, I'm invited to several events that I won't be able to attend. As usual, I'm already looking forward to next year!

Yes, like Charlie Brown thinking he'll eventually kick that football, I convince myself every year that next year I'm going to attend the AWP Annual Conference.

So where is the 2012 AWP Annual Conference?
For me, it's actually in a great location for possibly attending: Chicago! I have family in both Ohio and Indiana, so it's an easy drive--barring any catastrophic winter storms. Not that it snows in the north in February.

I've been to Chicago a few times previously, and I think it's a fun city. It's a little like Manhattan, but also a little like Southwest Ohio, which feels a little like home to me.

What does AWP mean anyway?
AWP is short for The Association of Writers & Writing Programs. A lot of non-academic writers look down on the organization as academic, but I just see another great opportunity to hang with a bunch of like-minded writers from a variety of backgrounds. Besides, there's nothing wrong with wanting to further your knowledge of writing if you want to be a writer.

So when is the 2012 AWP Annual Conference?
It starts on February 29 (which I think is a fun day to start an annual conference) and runs until March 3.

Are you going to go this time?
It's funny that I'm asking myself this question as if someone else is asking me this question, right? Okay, maybe it's a little confusing and/or disturbing, but I'll pretend that someone named Bob is asking the questions, and that I, a person who is not named Bob, am answering these very Bob-ish questions.

Well, Bob, I'm definitely going to give it my best shot, which is something I know you've heard before. But this time I have a signed document, and I just know I have to go with a signed document.


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Btw, you can follow the 2011 AWP on Twitter by using the following hashtag: #awp11


Maybe it's appropriate that I'm not going to AWP once again when the conference starts on Groundhog Day. By the way, I watched that movie with Tammy and the boys tonight. And as usual, it rocked. If you haven't seen Groundhog Day, you should check it out. I'm a big Bill Murray fan, and this is one of his best.


Jane Friedman said...

You MUST go next year. I'm starting a brigade of supporters to ensure it. Or, actually—more usefully—a vanpool. :)

Robert Lee Brewer said...

That sounds like a good plan to me! And, yes, I have to start thinking MUST.

Jessie Carty said...

I'm really hoping to go next year too :) I went in 2009 to Chicago cause I can use it as an excuse to visit my sister just down the road in Gilberts..

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Cool! That's two super cool people I'll know.

... Paige said...

Hey Not Bob, I too have family in Indiana, maybe we are cousins :-p

I'm sure you'll be there, but at this time I have no plans to attend, but do say hi to my family anyway.