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The Writer’s News

The Writer’s News keeps you informed about new developments in the writing world, including award and publication announcements, news from AWP and the field, and updates about important literary figures.

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  • June 12, 2024

    Join AWP in Commemorating Juneteenth

    Juneteenth is the momentous day in 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached the last enslaved people in the United States, in Galveston, Texas—more than two years after the proclamation was issued. It is a time for celebration, reflection, and growth. We’ve assembled a collection of resources to commemorate Juneteenth and provide further education on its value and importance. Read more...


  • June 3, 2024

    Join AWP in Honoring Pride Month This June!

    AWP has assembled a list of resources, including interactive and informative websites, author interviews, and other diverse programming. Check out the resources below to learn more about Pride Month and the LGBTQIA+ community, and pick up a new book from our Pride Month Reading List. Read more...


  • May 28, 2024

    AWP Executive Director to Retire, Successor Search Underway Cynthia Sherman Retiring after Twelve Years

    Executive search firm Ballinger | Leafblad will lead a national search for Sherman’s successor. Read more...


  • May 23, 2024

    Virtual AWP: Writer to Writer Conversations & Readings with Mentor Kristen Witucki

    We are thrilled to announce the premiere of our newest Virtual AWP conversation: “Writer to Writer Conversations and Readings with Mentor Kristen Witucki,” featuring mentees Sadia Kalam, Briana Maley, and Sarah Schiff! Tune in for a series of short readings and a discussion centering on the intersection of parenthood and writing. Read more...


  • May 1, 2024

    Honoring Jewish American Heritage Month

    Join AWP in celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month this May! AWP has compiled articles from the Writer’s Chronicle, as well as online events and resources. Don’t forget to check out our staff-curated Jewish American Heritage Month Bookshop.org list! Read more...


  • May 1, 2024

    Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

    Join AWP in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May! Rewatch a past AWP conference event or reread an article from the Writer’s Chronicle. Read more...


  • April 11, 2024

    Small Press Distribution’s Closure: Updates & Resources

    AWP was saddened to learn of the closure of Small Press Distribution (SPD) on March 28. SPD served hundreds of independent literary publishers—a key part of our literary community, and many of whom have exhibited at our bookfair over the years. Read more...


  • April 1, 2024

    April Is National Arab American Heritage Month!

    The Association of Writers & Writing Programs recognizes April as Arab American Heritage Month. Read more...


  • March 27, 2024

    AWP Monthly Heritage Celebrations

    Through monthly heritage celebrations, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs is committed to honoring the cultures and perspectives of the various communities that make up our audience. Please find below a listing of our Writer’s News celebrations, complete with resources and a reading list for each. Read more...


  • March 1, 2024

    Celebrate Women's History Month!

    March is Women’s History Month! Please join AWP in honoring women’s contributions and recognizing the importance of gender equality and women’s rights. Check out our compilation of online events, Writer’s Chronicle articles, and educational resources, as well as a curated Bookshop.org list of our staff’s favorite reads for Women’s History Month. Read more...