This past weekend, I attended AWP for the first time. AWP (Association of Writers & Writers Programs) is an annual conference that takes place in the US, changing cities each year. It's a place for writers to converge and talk about the characters in their head without anyone questioning their mental status. Moreover, there are hundreds of panels, readings, discussions, and exhibition booths to attend and learn new things.
With 12,000 attendees, it was overwhelming at times. I don't like big crowds and I like having time to process my thoughts, but I would absolutely go again.
Since getting back to Seattle, there are two piles that I've sorted my thoughts into--how to get the most out of AWP and how to navigate being a writer.
How to get the most out of AWP
How to navigate being a writer
I don't actually have the answer to this. It probably looks different for everyone, but here are some things that were useful for me to hear.
If you attended AWP this year or in the past, what things did you learn? Share in the comments!