The Association of Writers and Writing Programs will be in Tampa this March for AWP 2018, packing the Tampa Convention Center with writers, teachers, independent presses and more.
The conference will feature more than 2,000 presenters, 550 literary readings, panel discussions — on topics ranging from fiction, nonfiction, poetry, teaching, publishing— and a book fair stocked by more than 800 independent presses.
The keynote speaker for the four-day conference is award-winning author George Saunders, whose works have been featured in the O. Henry Award finals, the Best American Short Stories series, and more. Time magazine voted Saunders one of the 100 most influential people in the world back in 2013, and his presence at the conference is highly anticipated.
As a writer's association, AWP works to provide authors with access to resources oftentimes out of reach. Representatives from writing programs across the country will be tabling at the event— with information regarding MFA programs, internship opportunities, and writing resources for authors new and hardened.
While the convention draws attendees from all across the country, AWP makes a point to include the hosting city's literary scene into every conference. Many locals will be attending the conference as speakers — such as English and creative writing professors from the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa. Some of the panel discussions will include themes often associated with Florida writers and stories— for example, "The Frontier as a Trope in Florida Writing Past and Present" with Greg Byrd, Deborah Hall, Polly Buckingham, and Michael Trammell scheduled for Friday, March 9. A comprehensive conference schedule can be found here.