AWP 2020 Conference & Bookfair Schedule of Events.

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General Conference Information.

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A Welcome to All.

AWP welcomes diversity and the participation of individuals in its activities regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, socioeconomic status, age, disability, or religious or political belief. AWP encourages the contributions of all of its members and attendees at the conference, and we are proud to create an event that supports such inclusive participation.

About AWP.

Founded in nineteen sixty-seven, AWP supports literary authors who teach. AWP provides services, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly fifty thousand writers, five hundred fifty college and university creative writing programs, and one hundred and fifty writers' conferences and centers. Our mission is to foster literary achievement, advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.

About the Conference.

AWP held its first conference in nineteen seventy-three at the Library of Congress. It featured six events and sixteen presenters. George Garrett, one of AWP's founders, planned the first gathering with help from the National Endowment for the Arts. Presenters included Elliott Coleman, founder of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University; Paul Engle, former director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and cofounder of the International Writing Program; poets Josephine Jacobsen and Miller Williams; and novelists Ralph Ellison and Wallace Stegner, among others. The conference grew steadily, and with the addition of the bookfair in the mid-eighties it became the foundation for what has become the largest literary conference in North America. This year's conference is host to five hundred fifty events, two thousand presenters, and more than eight hundred presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. Most conference events are organized by their participants and selected through an open, competitive submission process by AWP's conference subcommittee. Most featured events are organized and sponsored by member institutions and affiliated literary organizations.

Proposals for Our Twenty-Twenty Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

AWP welcomes proposals for future conference events. Please visit the Event Proposals & Acceptances page for information about proposing an event, literary partnership, or sponsorship for next year's conference in San Antonio. The deadline for event proposals is May first, twenty-nineteen.

Conference Registration & Check-in.

Both attendees who have registered in advance and attendees who have not yet registered may pick up their registration materials in the registration area, located in Exhibit Hall A of the Oregon Convention Center on Level One. Please consult the maps in the conference planner or mobile app for location details. Students must present a valid student ID to check in or register at our student rate. Seniors must present a valid ID to check in or register at our senior rate. A fifty-dollar fee will be charged for all replacement registrations.

Registration & Check-in Hours.

Wednesday, March twenty-seventh: twelve o'clock noon to seven o'clock p.m.
Thursday, March twenty-eighth: eight o'clock a.m. to five o'clock p.m.
Friday, March twenty-ninth: eight o'clock a.m. to five o'clock p.m.
Saturday, March thirtieth: eight o'clock a.m. to two o'clock p.m.

Need Help?

If you have problems registering, require assistance, or have a question about accessibility services, please visit AWP's Help Desk, located in the registration area in Exhibit Hall A on Level One of the Oregon Convention Center.

Get Connected.

Stay on top of everything happening at the conference by following AWP on Twitter (@awpwriter) and, on all social media, follow #AWP19. WiFi is available throughout the Oregon Convention Center.

Replacement Programs.

Every registered conference attendee receives one copy of the AWP conference program. If you lose your program or want to purchase extras, copies are available for ten dollars each (while supplies last) in the registration area in Exhibit Hall A on Level One of the Oregon Convention Center.

Admission to Events.

Unless otherwise noted in the program, you must present your registration to gain admission to all meetings, panels, readings, and receptions. You must also present your registration to enter the bookfair.

AWP's Bookfair.

AWP's bookfair is located in the Exhibit Hall of the Oregon Convention Center on Level One. This year's bookfair showcases more than eight hundred presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. Please consult the maps in the conference planner or mobile app for location details.

Find Us in the Bookfair.

Learn more about AWP, meet our staff, and get to know our board members at booth number two zero four one. Find the official bookstore for the conference at booth numbers two zero three one and three zero three zero.

Bookfair Concessions, Bar, & Lounge.

Breakfast and lunch concessions are available inside the bookfair in the Exhibit Halls of the Oregon Convention Center. Cash, debit, and credit cards are accepted at all food and beverage locations. Please consult the maps in the conference planner or mobile app for location details.

Lost & Found.

All found items will be turned over to the Oregon Convention Center guest and security services at the close of registration each day. If you have questions, please visit AWP's Help Desk, located in Exhibit Hall A on Level One of the Oregon Convention Center.

First Aid.

First-Aid is located near the A meeting rooms, right next to the bathrooms outside of Exhibit Hall B on Level One of the Oregon Convention Center. Please consult the maps in the conference planner or mobile app for location details.

Lactation Rooms.

There are two Mamava Lactation Suites in the Oregon Convention Center. One is located outside of the A meeting rooms, and the other outside of the E meeting rooms. All Mamava suites come with a Bluetooth SmartLock that syncs with Mamava's mobile app.. You may also request a door code for entry in the Administration Office on Level Two and by calling five zero three, two three five, seven five seven five.

Childcare Services.

Your hotel concierge likely maintains a list of recommended local providers.

Smoking.

Smoking is permitted in designated areas only.

Schedule

Below is a list of events for the #AWP19 Conference & Bookfair in Portland, Oregon.

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Wednesday, March Fourth.

Thursday, March Fifth.

Friday, March Sixth.

Saturday, March Seventh.