2020 AWP Conference Schedule

The #AWP20 Conference & Bookfair in San Antonio, Texas, schedule is searchable by day, time, title, description, participants, and type of event. This schedule is subject to change. Visit the offsite event schedule for a listing of literary events taking place throughout the San Antonio area during our conference.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

12:10 pm to 1:25 pm

Room 008, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level

F185. CANCELLED: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Book. (, , , , ) You sold your debut book! Now what? Experienced authors discuss what happens from the sale of a book to publication and beyond. Topics include the contract, edits and copyedits, the dreaded author questionnaire, first and second pass pages, the cover, blurbs, title changes, marketing and promotion, publicity, ARCs, interviews, book tours, and reviews. The birth of a book brings happy surprises, inevitable disappointments, and lots of stress. Panelists offer advice to on how to handle it all. Download event outline and supplemental documents.

Clare Beams’s story collection, We Show What We Have Learned, was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham, Shirley Jackson, and Young Lions Fiction Awards. A 2014 NEA fellow in prose, she has taught creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University and Catapult. Her novel The Illness Lesson is forthcoming.

Twitter Username: clarebeams

R.L. Maizes is the author of the short story collection We Love Anderson Cooper and a novel, Other People's Pets, forthcoming July 2020. Her work has aired on NPR, and her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere.

Twitter Username: RL_Maizes

Website: http://rlmaizes.com/

Chaitali Sen is the author of a novel, The Pathless Sky, and numerous short stories and essays. She has taught writing workshops to children, teens, and adults around the country and is the founder of an interview series with writers called Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice.

Twitter Username: ChaitaliSen2020

Website: www.chaitalisen.com

Sean Smith (writing as Charlie J. Eskew) is the writer of two speculative works, Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark, a speculative work of satire, and Judges: Where the Light Lay Still, a prequel to the Judge Dredd series.

Twitter Username: CJEskew

Website: www.askeweskew.com

Irina Reyn is the author of the novels Mother Country, The Imperial Wife, and What Happened to Anna K, as well as the anthology, Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take on the Garden State. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

Twitter Username: IrinaReyn1

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March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center