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Austin hosts AWP National Conference and Bookfair

Next week Houstonians have an opportunity to easily attend a national writer’s conference that is held in various cities around the nation. AWP (Association of Writers and Writers Programs) is an organization that sits in the more literary end of the pond. If you have an interest in lit fic or creative nonfiction, then you might want to spend a day or two or three in Austin next week at their conference among thousands of other folks with similar inclinations. The 2006 AWP Annual Conference and Bookfair is in Austin March 8-11, 2006 at the Hilton Austin and Austin Conference Center.

You’ll find panels ranging from Between Heaven and Hell: Writing at a Catholic University to Three Debut Authors on Partnering with their Publishers to Where Genre and Nongenre Meet: Texas Writers on Texas Writing. Walter Mosley will present the Keynote Address. Tim O’Brian, the author of the well-read short story, Things They Carried, and novel of the same name is one of many presenteres. Other presenters include Antonya Nelson, Donald Hall, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jane Hirshfield, Tony Hoagland, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, and many more. With more than 300 events making up the conference and 250 publishers and presses at the Bookfair, the AWP conference offers Houstonians a wonderful opportunity to explore the world of literary fiction, mingle with authors and publishers, and catch up on all the recent publications currently being offered.

If you’re up for a heavy dose of literary conversation, drive up for a day or more. AWP’s 2006 PRE-registration has closed. But you will be able to do so on-site, March 8-11, at the Austin Convention Center, Trinity Street entrance. One-day passes will be available at the on-site registration desk. On-site registration rates for the full conference are as follows:

March 8-11, 2006 Onsite Registration

Member $175
Nonmember $195
Student $45
Spouse $85
Presenter $85

Here’s to good converstaion.

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