R141. In Case You Think You Don't Belong Here: Imposter Syndrome and AWP

Room 403 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


AWP can be an overwhelming event. With so many writers, publishers, presses, literary journals, and academic programs in attendance, it is easy to feel like you don't belong. This feeling has a name: Imposter Syndrome. A panel of writers addresses this phenomenon and discusses ways to overcome it while offering some practical advice and strategies for getting the most out of the conference, no matter your place in the literary landscape.



Margaret LaFleur’s writing has appeared in the Millions, Minnesota Women’s Press, and she was awarded the Generation XYZ Prize by Our Stories in 2010. She has an MFA from the University of San Francisco. She writes and teaches in Minneapolis, MN.

Samantha Dunn wrote the novel Failing Paris and the memoirs Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life and Faith in Carlos Gomez. Her essays and short stories are widely anthologized. Dunn is senior editor at Coast magazine and teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and Idyllwild Arts.

Jessie Carty is the author of seven poetry collections. She is a freelance writer, teacher, and editor who has also taught in the community college and university systems. Jessie curates the online literary space Then and If at http://thenandif.tumblr.com

Aubrey Hirsch is the author of a short story collection, Why We Never Talk About Sugar. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Short Fiction, Third Coast, Hobart, PANK, the Toast and the New York Times. She currently works an assistant professor of creative writing at Georgia College.

Carmen Maria Machado is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, NPR, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015, VICE, and elsewhere. She’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop.


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