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FWR at AWP 2010: Dean, Mike, Valerie, Jeremiah, Anne, Zachary, Margaret, and Natalie

FWR at AWP 2010: Dean, Mike, Valerie, Jeremiah, Anne, Zachary, Margaret, and Natalie


It’s hard to believe that nearly a year has gone by since last spring’s Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference, which took place in Denver. But the 2011 AWP conference is already around the corner! This year’s four-day event will be held in Washington D.C. from Wednesday, February 2 – Saturday, February 5. And, as always, Fiction Writers Review will be there.

This year we’re at Table B-18 in the bookfair. So please come see us.

We’ll also be busy with plenty of events. Our Editor, Jeremiah Chamberlin will be moderating a panel on criticism, we’ll have two book signings at our table, and a number of our contributors are featured speakers this year. Here are some highlights:

Friday, February 4

  • 9 am:“The Good Review: Criticism in the Age of Book Blogs and Amazon.com”
    Panelists: Jeremiah Chamberlin, moderator; Charles Baxter; Stacey D’Erasmo; Gemma Sieff; Keith Taylor.

    This panel examines how criticism is changing in a literary landscape increasingly dominated by new media. In this era, who is a critic? What is a good review? Whom does it serve? And what is the impact of criticism on literature and culture? Editors of both online and print publications join writers of fiction, poetry, and criticism to address these questions, as well as to discuss how books get reviewed and by whom, why vigorous reviewing is necessary, and ways to write reviews that matter.

  • Book Signings at FWR Table (B18):
    2 pm: Erika DreifusQuiet Americans (Last Light Studio)
    3 pm: Alison EspachThe Adults (Scribner)

  • And don’t miss these panels featuring FWR Contributors:

    Thursday, February 3

  • 1:30 pm: Stephanie Vanderslice on “What Do Writers Do All Day?: Articulating Our Work in the Profession.”
  • 3:00 pm: Erika Dreifus on “Beyond Bagels and Lox: Jewish-American Fiction in the 21st Century”
  • 4:30 pm: Mary Stewart Atwell and Dean Bakopoulos on “Creative Writing and the University: A Conversation with Mark McGurl”
  • Friday, February 4

  • 1:30 pm: Margaret Lazarus Dean on “Politics in the Novel”
  • 4:30 pm: Laura Valeri on “Research in the Creative Writing Classroom: Methods, Pedagogies, Dilemmas”
  • Saturday, February 5

  • 10:30 am: Erika Dreifus on “Finding and Creating Online Teaching Opportunities—and Sustaining and Succeeding in Them”
  • 4:30 pm: Margaret Lazarus Dean, Liam Callanan, and Valerie Laken on Beyond the Workshop: Revising, Revamping, Rejecting the Workshop Model”

  • Join the Discussion

    • my, that is a good looking booth! fwr must keep you young & glowing.

    • Lee Thomas

      We’ll actually have some vials of “FWR’s Elixir of Youth” on hand for those who stop by the table …

      Thanks, Elizabeth, you’re too kind. Will we see you at AWP?

    • This is great, Lee. Thanks so much.

      Btw–I’ll be moderating a second panel that may interest some of FWR’s readers: Saturday at 10:30 a.m., “S136. Finding and Creating Online Teaching Opportunities—and Sustaining and Succeeding in Them.”

      And I’ll be eager to pick up some of that Elixir of Youth!

    • Lee Thomas

      Erika, thanks so much for adding that panel, and apologies for missing it – what a timely, needed conversation.

      This reminds me: and other FWR contributors I may have inadvertently left off this list, please leave a comment!

      Many thanks, Lee

    • Hey, thanks for the shout out! I’m also on a panel Saturday on Creative Writing in General Education. But I really appreciate the mention!

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    • Lee Thomas

      Hey Stephanie, I’ll update our list with your second panel! Thanks for letting me know.

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