Virtual AWP: The Evolution of a Writer: Before, During, and Hopefully After the Pandemic

September 3, 2020

Images of Courtney Maum, Parneshia Jones, and Paulette Perhach


Virtual AWP: Conversations with Writers presents The Evolution of a Writer: Before, During, and Hopefully After the Pandemic, premiering Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Courtney Maum (Before and After the Book Deal), Parneshia Jones (Vessel), and Paulette Perhach (Welcome to the Writer’s Life) discuss branding, finances, and author availability before diving into deeper concerns including preserving your unique voice, making yourself a priority when choosing a publisher, and supporting women in publishing before, during, and hopefully after the pandemic. Books from this event can be purchased on the AWP & Bookshop affiliate website.

The premiere of this Virtual AWP event will also include a live Q&A on YouTube. To receive a reminder, a direct link to this free event, and updates on future events, register online. *Registering is free, and you do not have to be a member of AWP to do so. However, to participate in the live Q&A you must be signed into YouTube.


Courtney Maum is the acclaimed author of the novels COSTALEGRE, TOUCH, I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN HERE WITHOUT YOU, and the recently released BEFORE AND AFTER THE BOOK DEAL: A Writer's Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book. Her non-fiction has been widely published in outlets such as The New York TimesModern Loss, and O, The Oprah Magazine, and you can sign up for her publishing tips newsletter, "Get Published, Stay Published" through

Parneshia Jones is the author of Vessel: Poems (Milkweed Editions), winner of the Midwest Book Award and featured as one of “12 Books to Savor” by O, The Oprah Magazine. Jones has been honored with the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Margaret Walker Short Story Award, and the Aquarius Press Legacy Award.  She is the Director of Northwestern University Press

Paulette Perhach is an author and writing coach whose writing has been published in the New York TimesElle, Slate, CosmopolitanMarie ClaireYoga JournalMcSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Vice. She’s best known for her essay, “A Story of a Fuck Off Fund,” which is anthologized in The Future is Feminist from Chronicle Books, along with work by Roxane Gay, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Caitlin Moran. Her book, Welcome to the Writer's Life, was published by Sasquatch Books, part of the Penguin Random House publishing family, and was selected as one of Poets & WritersBest Books for Writers. She blogs about a writer’s craft, business, personal finance, and joy at, where she also offers writers a free year of daily writing prompts.

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