2016 Conference & Bookfair Registration

Early-bird registration will open on Friday, July 31, 2015 .

Conference events begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016, and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016. The bookfair is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Registration includes admission to AWP’s bookfair, meetings, panels, readings, and public receptions for the duration of the conference period. Meals, lodging, and travel are not included. Visit the Hotel & Travel section for information on lodging at AWP’s official conference hotels.

The purchase of a bookfair table or booth includes two complimentary Exhibitor Access Badges, which will allow you full access to the conference and bookfair. Please access the Exhibit Space Management page of your AWP user account to assign these two badges before March 15, 2016.  Exhibitor Access Badges that are not assigned by this date may be forfeited. Please note: If you have been assigned an Exhibitor Access Badge, you do not need to purchase an additional registration. For more information about Exhibitor Access Badges, see the Bookfair Exhibitor FAQs.

All conference registrations must be purchased online or onsite with a credit or debit card. We do not accept checks or cash.

Become an AWP member today to receive discounted conference registration and gain access to our extensive member benefits, including a subscription to the Writer's Chronicle, the AWP Job List, the Writer's Calendar, and the Directory of Members. To save even more, select "Registration + One-Year Membership Bundle" from the registration options to bundle your registration and one-year membership. If your membership has not yet expired, the one-year membership included in the bundle will begin the day after your current membership lapses.

Registration Rates & Periods

Registration Categories Early Bird
July 31-
Oct. 30
Oct. 31 -
Feb. 12
Feb. 15-
Apr. 2
Mar. 30-
Apr. 2
Member Registration $145 $160 $200 $200
Registration + One-Year Membership Bundle $220 $235 $275 $275
Nonmember Registration $240 $260 $300 $300
Student* Registration $50 $50 $65 $65
Senior (65 and up)** Registration $80 $80 $80 $80
Bookfair Staff Registration*** $145 $160 $200 $200
Bookfair Staff, Student* Registration*** $50 $50 $65 $65
Presenter Member Registration $75 $80 $105 $105
Presenter Registration + One-Year Membership Bundle $150 $155 $180 $180
Presenter Nonmember Registration $160 $170 $210 $210
Saturday Pass**** N/A N/A N/A $45

* Students must present a valid student ID.
** Seniors must present a valid ID.
*** Bookfair staff registrations are not equivalent to Exhibitor Access Badges and do not permit access to the exhibit halls during set-up or move-out hours.
**** The Saturday Pass can only be purchased onsite on Saturday, April 2, 2016, and includes admission to all conference events (with the exception of private receptions) as well as the bookfair.

Registration Confirmation

Your registration will be confirmed by an email sent to the address that you specified under your badge information during purchase. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering, as our system is not able to alert you if you enter an incorrect or incomplete email address. You may change the name and affiliation on your badge at any point before Wednesday, March 30, 2016, on the Conference Registration Management page of your AWP user account.

Will-call Registration

After preregistration ends on Friday, February 12, 2016, you can continue to register online using the will-call option starting Monday, February 15, 2016, though not at a reduced preregistration rate. All badges purchased before arriving onsite in Los Angeles can be printed at the conference during the hours listed below.

Checking-in at the Conference

All badges will be printed onsite in Los Angeles at a registration kiosk. These kiosks will allow you to both print a pre-purchased registration badge and purchase a new registration. All pre-purchased badges will be assigned a unique registration code, included in the confirmation email sent to each attendee after a purchase has been made. Please save this information and bring it with you to the conference and bookfair, as you will need it to print your badge and pick up your registration materials onsite.

All those who purchase a registration under the student or senior category will be required to show a valid student or government-issued ID in order to print their badge details.

Onsite Registration & Check-In Hours

Wednesday, March 30: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 31: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, April 1: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 2: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sponsor and Literary Partner Registrations

As a benefit for supporting the conference, all sponsors and literary partners receive an allocated number of registration waivers, based on the level of sponsorship. Confirmed sponsors and partners will be contacted by AWP with instructions for submitting their waiver lists. All lists must be received by March 15, 2016. Registration waivers not submitted by that date will be forfeited.

Press Passes

We appreciate all coverage of our annual conference. Requests for press passes must be made in writing from the editor of the media organization, on behalf of the journalist, to conference@awpwriter.org by February 12, 2016. The request must specifically detail how the pass will be used to cover the conference. To attend as a member of the press, you must present valid press credentials to your kiosk attendant so that you may receive your conference badge. Photography, videography, and sound recordings are not permitted at the conference without AWP's written consent.


Attendee Terms & Conditions

Refund Policy

Disability Statement


March 30-April 2, 2016
Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Convention Center & JW Marriott Los Angeles

Registration Contact

Conference Registration Manager