AWP 2018 Conference & Bookfair Schedule of Events.
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This document was last updated on January 4, 2018. For the latest version of the schedule, please refer to the digital app or the plaintext webpage version.
General Conference Information.
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A Welcome to All.
AWP welcomes diversity and the participation of individuals in its activities regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, socioeconomic status, age, disability, or religious or political belief. AWP encourages the contributions of all of its members and attendees at the conference, and we are proud to create an event that supports such inclusive participation.
Founded in 1967, AWP supports literary authors who teach. AWP provides services, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 550 college and university creative writing programs, and 150 writers’ conferences and centers. Our mission is to foster literary achievement, advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.
About the Conference.
AWP held its first conference in 1973 at the Library of Congress. It featured six events and sixteen presenters. George Garrett, one of AWP's founders, planned the first gathering with help from the National Endowment for the Arts. Presenters included Elliott Coleman, founder of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University; Paul Engle, founder of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; poets Josephine Jacobsen and Miller Williams; and novelists Ralph Ellison and Wallace Stegner, among others. The conference grew steadily, and with the addition of the bookfair in the 1980s it became the foundation for what has become the largest literary conference in North America. This year’s conference is host to 550 events, 2,000 presenters, and more than 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. Most conference events are organized by their participants and selected through an open, competitive submission process by AWP’s conference subcommittee. Most featured events are organized and sponsored by member institutions and affiliated literary organizations.
Proposals for Our Twenty-ninteen Conference in Portland, Oregon.
AWP welcomes proposals for future conference events. Please visit the Event Proposals & Acceptances page for information about proposing an event, literary partnership, or sponsorship for next year’s conference in Portland. The deadline for event proposals is May first, twenty-eighteen.
Conference Registration & Check-in.
Both, attendees who have registered in advance and attendees who have not yet registered, may pick up their registration materials in the registration area, located on the second floor of the Tampa Convention Center. Please consult the maps in the conference planner or mobile app for location details. Before the conference, maps with alt-text for screen readers will be available through the Convention Center & Hotel Mapssection of the Accessibility Services webpage. Students must present a valid student ID to check in or register at our student rate. Seniors must present a valid ID to check in or register at our senior rate. A fifty-dollar fee will be charged for all replacement registrations.
Registration & Check-in Hours.
Wednesday, March seventh: twelve o’clock noon to seven o’clock p.m.
Thursday, March eighth: eight o’clock a.m. to five o’clock p.m.
Friday, March ninth: eight o’clock a.m. to five o’clock p.m.
Saturday, March tenth: eight o’clock a.m. to two o’clock p.m.
If you have problems registering, require assistance, or have a question about accessibility services, please visit AWP’s Help Desk, located in the registration area on the second floor of the Tampa Convention Center.
Stay on top of everything happening at the conference by following AWP on Twitter (@awpwriter) and #AWP18 on all social media. WiFi is available throughout the bookfair.
Every registered conference attendee receives one copy of the AWP conference program. If you lose your program or want to purchase extras, copies are available for ten dollars each (while supplies last) in the registration area on the second floor of the Tampa Convention Center.
Conference Mobile App.
The #AWP18 mobile app is available to download for both Apple and Android or by searching for “AWP” at the app store for your mobile device provider. The #AWP18 mobile app features the most up-to-date conference schedule, maps of the conference and surrounding areas, the ability to personalize your conference schedule, keep up with #AWP18 on social media, and other pertinent conference information.
Admission to Events.
Unless otherwise noted in the program, you must present your registration to gain admission to all meetings, panels, readings, and receptions. You must also present your registration to enter the bookfair.
AWP’s bookfair is located in the exhibit hall on the third floor of the Tampa Convention Center. This year’s bookfair showcases more than eight hundred presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. Please consult the maps in the conference planner or mobile app for location details.
Find Us in the Bookfair.
Learn more about AWP, meet our staff, and get to know our board members at booth number 832 and 834. Find the official bookstore for the conference at booth number 733 and 735.
Bookfair Concessions, Bar, & Lounge.
Breakfast and lunch concessions are available inside the bookfair in the exhibit hall on the third floor of the Tampa Convention Center. Cash, debit, and credit cards are accepted at all food and beverage locations. Please consult the maps in the conference planner or mobile app for location details.
Lost & Found.
All found items will be turned over to the Tampa Convention Center guest and security services at the close of registration each day. If you have questions, please visit AWP’s Help Desk, located in the registration area on the second floor of the Tampa Convention Center.
First Aid is located across the hall from room one on the first floor of the Tampa Convention Center, and between the men’s and women’s rest rooms.
The Lactation Room is located in Room 33 of the fourth floor of the Tampa Convention Center. Please visit AWP’s Help Desk, located in the registration area on the second floor of the Tampa Convention Center to obtain access.
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Smoking is permitted in designated areas only.
Below is a list of events for the #AWP18 Conference & Bookfair in Tampa.