I attended the 14th Annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference this past week in Seattle, and it was a life-changing experience for me. I took enough notes for fill an entire spiral notebook, and attended about 18 workshops/lectures over a 3 day period, along with navigating a crowd of 15,000 writers, editors, publishers and fellow book lovers. I slowly networked in the massive bookfair, and met editors/representatives from Creative Non-Fiction, Bitch, The Sun, So to Speak, Phoebe, Boulevard Magazine and more. I found out about VIDA, Hedgebrook, A Room of Her Own and other organizations that support women writers through workshops, lectures, retreats, fellowships and guidance.
I feel so supported in this journey of writing and publishing. I feel I am part of this huge community now, and not just a woman sitting on her iPad in a Starbucks listening to The Caravan World Music Show on KBCS FM and trying to find her voice. Even my Americano tastes better, and I can face down the blank page with courage and conviction that writing is a valid, serious, and important way to spend yet another rainy Sunday afternoon.