AWP’s Online Resources for Writers
AWP | March 2020
As terms like social distancing and self-isolating move swiftly into our vernacular, writers must find more ways to work, teach, and connect online. AWP has compiled a list of some of our online resources you might find useful. We also look forward to hearing from you about your experiences working online; see the end of this article for topics in our open call for submissions.
Find Your Communities Online
Reaching out to other writers online can open you up to new possibilities, strengthen your writing, and give you support during difficult times. It might also change your life in unexpected ways.
Some of our WC&C members have online offerings. Searching the web and social media platforms will result in plenty of options for online writing groups. You can also engage with members of our community through AWP’s Facebook groups:
- AWP Community of Writers: start a discussion about resources you have found useful, especially virtual learning tools for others. Be on the lookout for Q&As and other resources from AWP.
- Friends of AWP: stay in the know about different literary organizations and podcasts—curated by Sheila Black.
- AWP Members Novel Writing Group: get support and tips during NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo sessions.
- Writer to Writer Mentors & Mentee Groups: these are closed discussion groups for participants of W2W.
Use More Online Materials in Your Teaching
AWP offers a wealth of materials online, much of which is available to members and nonmembers alike. Many teachers have told us they use our articles in their classrooms. We have new “In the Classroom” suggested teaching guides available:
- For “Has the Happy Ending Fallen Out of Style” by Lee Lee Goodson
- For “A Woman Alone in a Room Realizing Something” by Alice Mattison
- For “Foundational Narrative Design” by Andy Graff
- For “Who’s Colluding? The Case for Collaborative Writing” by Sally Ashton
Looking for more resources you can use for teaching or even learning on your own? We have you covered with:
- More than 1,400 articles from 50 years of The Writer’s Chronicle available to members (craft essays, poet and author interviews, and more)
- More than 350 articles in The Writer’s Notebook (career advice, appreciations, interviews, pedagogy program advice, tributes, and more)
- 160 episodes of the AWP Podcast Series (conference events, interviews)
- More than 100 video recordings from past conferences (conference events, interviews)
Take a Virtual Campus Visit
We know how important it is to find the writing program that is right for you, and you may not be able to visit programs in person. In addition to using our Guide to Writing Programs, a searchable directory with information about nearly 1,000 writing programs, you can watch short Campus Visit Videos submitted by some of our programs to get a good sense of the faculty, students, campus, and culture. Need some additional guidance before you make your choices? Check out our program advice articles.
Broaden Your Network
Now is a great time to reach out to others in your field. Reestablish connections or develop new ones. In their Writer’s Notebook pieces, both Woody Lewis and Alyssa Colton discuss networking as a writer, and there are many ways you can network from home. You may want to refresh your listing in AWP’s Directory of Members and use that directory to find others in your genre. You can also follow AWP’s company page on LinkedIn for useful career-related updates.
Expand Your Opportunities
Members can search our list of opportunities for grants, awards, and publication to which they can submit their work. Erika Dreifus suggests using an online tracker to develop cost-effective strategies for submitting.
You may already be familiar with the AWP Job List, which includes online jobs for writers as they are available. This is a great time to update your CV or résumé. You can find this and other videos in our Video Resources on Careers & Publishing. We even have a section of our blog just for career advice articles. These days, technology can help us interview and work remotely.
Consider writing an article for AWP! Read through our submission guidelines to find out what we are looking for and what we pay upon publication. We are currently looking for:
- In the Classroom teaching guides that use a single essay or interview from a past issue of the Chronicle
- Poetry, in honor of April, National Poetry Month (in categories such as craft, teaching, appreciation, reading lists, tributes to poets)
- How to use technology and online resources to further your career as a writer
- Teaching online classes (what you have learned, tips & tricks)
- What makes an online class most successful (from the perspectives of administrators, teachers, and/or students)
- How the current situation has changed your life as a writer and what methods you have now learned to use