|Nikki Giovanni soaks in the appreciation of her audience at AWW in 2016.|
Last year, though, at the urging of two of my writer friends (one the President of the board), I applied for a scholarship. I won second place and earned half the tuition for the conference, so I was in.
And I’m so glad I went. I expanded my writer community, I met Nikki Giovanni, I worked with a wonderful group of poets and the legendary Herbert Martin, and I learned some essential lessons that have been instrumental in helping me advance my career this year.
No matter where you are in your writer’s path, AWW will help you grow a little more. I’ll be there again this year (just in the morning and weekend sessions) as will a number of other writers including Roxanne Gay, Shane McRae, John Drury, Kristina McBride, and Lee Martin. I’m looking forward to connecting with more writers, learning more about craft and platform, and soaking in the inspiration and joy of being surrounded by people who feel as passionate about words as I do.
I hope you’ll join me.