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December 2021 elitPak :: Apply for Scholarship/Fellowships or Enroll Today!

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Fellowships for Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Fiction: deadline January 10, 2022. Scholarships for Veterans and Under-represented Groups: deadline January 10, 2022. Register today for full conference with or without housing and with or without workshops! We fill up fast so secure your spot today!

View the full December 2021 eLitPak Newsletter.

Event :: Registration Open for Emerald City Writers’ Conference

Emerald City Writers' Conference logoDeadline: October 13, 2021
Event Dates: October 15 – 17, 2021
Event Location: Virtual
Join us for the 32nd Annual Emerald City Writers’ Conference. We will be holding the conference completely online this year! Whether you’ve been published many times over or are just starting out, there’s something at ECWC for everyone.​The 2021 ECWC will include three 3-hour master classes, pre-recorded workshops with live Q&A’s, pitch appointments with agents and editors, our popular Pitchfest, sprints, and a happy hour social.

June 2021 eLitPak :: Woodhall Press Writers Conference

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Online Workshops and Panels, August 21

Registration Deadline: August 21, 2021
Online Writers Conference hosted by Woodhall Press. Mission: to discover and support emerging writers. Featuring keynote by Gina Barreca; Introduction to Short Forms with Tom Hazuka and Darien Gee; Live Editing with Allison Williams; Openings and Hooks with Alena Dillon; Poetry with Charles Rafferty; Prose Writing with Eugenia Kim; and Screen Stories with Shelley Evans.

AWP: Money for nothin’ and the drinks aren’t free

AWP imageThe Problem of Money and Access at AWP. By Alison Stine, Lit Hub.

Is it possible to attend AWP if you’re poor? If you’re not going to be reimbursed by a university, should you even bother? The short answer is: I did it, and many others do too—but it can be a lonely and difficult experience.

…Though AWP was funded to serve writers teaching at the college level, more and more writers just can’t get those jobs, especially not writers of color, women writers, or writers who are disabled. There just aren’t that many jobs anymore to get. More and more, it’s writers outside of academia who participate in AWP—not just to attend, but to present and give readings—and who shoulder expenses themselves.

…It’s not illegal to discriminate against the poor. But when 60 percent of college students face food insecurity every month; when academia runs on the exploitation of adjuncts’ labor; when tenure track professors give lectures to hordes of students, only a fraction of whom will ever obtain jobs in the profession in which they trained (and often paid dearly for), it seems glaringly insensitive not to directly address the deep and systematic income inequalities of the field.

Advice for the AWP Newbie from an AWP Oldie

brevity blog awp graphicAdvice for the AWP Newbie from an AWP Oldie. By Suzanne Roberts, Brevity Blog.

Pace Yourself. Put together a schedule of things you want to attend, but don’t try to go to a panel in every time slot. Shoot for no more than two panels a day, and try to hit the keynote readings. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I got to see people like W.S. Merwin, Seamus Heaney, Grace Paley, and Dereck Walcott read now that they are gone.  Seeing these luminaries was more memorable than those times I went to a 26-person marathon reading in a crowded bar with bad free beer…