Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick items.

1. On my agenda: Over the past week I’ve finalized a number of upcoming events: panels, readings, and seminars. Check the “Events” page for details.

2. Speaking of events: One that I hadn’t planned attending—this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference—has had a dramatic week, with discussions swirling around the organization’s decision to continue holding the conference (which was expected to draw many thousands of writers to San Antonio) and individual writers’ and presses’ decisions not to make the trip. In the wake of all of this, a number of efforts seem to be developing to “virtualize” conference elements, such as the popular Bookfair. See, for instance, tweets at the #VirtualAWPBookfair hashtag, and this collection of special deals.

3. ICYMI: The latest issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers on Friday. This month’s feature article focuses on some tried-and-true, free-and-easy beginning book-promo tips. And of course, you’ll find the usual panoply of fee-free, paying opportunities listed within, too.

an open spiral notebook with a pen resting on a blank page, plus a text label that reads, "Midweek Notes."

5 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Lorraine Cregar says:

    Erika I’m so excited to see you’ll be at the Montclair Literary Festival! And with my friend Michelle. Now I really need to find a way to get there (have a small surgery scheduled for the week before).

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Oh, my goodness! I hope your surgery goes well, and I’ll look forward to meeting you!

  2. Temima Goldberg Shulman says:

    Hi Erika,
    A colleague has a teenage son who is writing a lot. Do you have poetry contests to recommend or can you direct me to resources you’d recommend for teens wanting to publish?
    Thank you,

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Good timing, Temima. Looks as though this guide (which I haven’t had a chance to look through thoroughly) has just been updated: https://www.newpages.com/writers-resources/young-writers-guide/young-writers-guide-to-contests.

      1. Temima Goldberg Shulman says:

        Thank you so much, Erika!

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