Press Room

A collection of press releases for distribution. You can find downloadable photos, logos, and badges on the Photos & Graphics page.

Press Releases

  • November 17, 2020

    The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Board of Directors Welcomes New Members, Elects Officers, Bids Farewell to Former Treasurer

    AWP's Board of Directors makes several announcements following its fall 2020 board meeting.

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  • October 15, 2020

    AWP and Bookshop.org Announce Partnership

    AWP and Bookshop.org team up to support independent bookstores, authors, and publications and to promote socially-conscious book buying.

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  • September 17, 2020

    AWP Receives a $15,000 Grant from the Literary Arts Emergency Fund to support services to American writers

    AWP has been awarded $15,000 in operations funding to assist in sustaining its member programs.

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  • June 12, 2020

    AWP Receives a $40,000 Art Works Grant from the NEA to Support Services to American Writers

    AWP has been awarded this grant to support its upcoming 2021 Conference & Bookfair, featuring as keynote speaker US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.

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  • June 1, 2020

    AWP Receives an Amazon Literary Partnership Grant

    The Amazon Literary Partnership announced that the Association of Writers & Writing Programs has received a grant of $5,000 to support its Writer to Writer Mentorship Program.

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  • February 11, 2020

    AWP Appoints New Executive Co-Directors to Lead Organization

    The Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Cynthia Sherman and Diane Zinna have accepted the positions of Executive Co-Directors of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.

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  • November 14, 2019

    A Farewell from the Chair of the AWP Board of Directors

    This past weekend, the Board of Directors met in Kansas City, Missouri, for its annual business meeting. Following that meeting, the board is proud to make the following announcements.

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  • April 16, 2019

    AWP Appoints New Executive Director

    Today, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) announced that they have appointed Dr. Chloe Schwenke as their new Executive Director, following a nationwide executive search guided by Arts Consulting Group.

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  • August 22, 2018

    AWP Releases Report on ADA Accessibility & Inclusion Assessment of the AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair

    AAWP has released the results of an assessment of AWP’s performance with regards to the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) in terms of conference accessibility and inclusion.

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  • August 3, 2018

    Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Transitions to Full Independence

    AWP has reorganized its operations to adopt an autonomous non-profit model and will no longer be affiliated with a university.

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  • May 9, 2018

    AWP Receives a $70,000 Art Works Grant from the NEA to Support Services to American Writers

    AWP has been awarded a $70,000 grant to support its upcoming Conference & Bookfair in Portland, Oregon, and the continued production of the organization’s website and magazine The Writer’s Chronicle.

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  • January 25, 2018

    #AWP18 Conference & Bookfair Opens March 7 – 10 in Tampa, FL, Featuring 2,000 Presenters and 550 Literary Events

    Now the largest literary conference in North America, the 2018 AWP Conference & Bookfair will take place March 7 to March 10 at the Tampa Convention Center.

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  • March 14, 2017

    AWP to Move to the University of Maryland

    This summer, AWP will move it offices from Virginia to Maryland, from George Mason University (GMU) to the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP).

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  • May 11, 2016

    Announcement on Future AWP Conference Sites

    AWP will no longer consider other cities for prospective conference sites if the states of those cities pass anti-LGBTQ "bathroom laws."

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  • March 21, 2016

    AWP’s 2016 Los Angeles Conference & Bookfair (March 30–April 2), features 2,000 Presenters and 550 Literary Events!

    Now the largest literary conference in North America, the 2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair will take place March 30 to April 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and J.W. Marriott Hotel. More than 12,000 people are expected to attend. The conference will highlight over 2,000 authors, editors, teachers, and publishers.

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