What I’m Looking Forward to at AWP…

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is upon us! This year, the event will be held in Minneapolis from April 8 – 11th. I’m excited since this will be my first time in the Star of the North state and my first time attending the conference. Past editor and author attendees have written that AWP is overwhelming and advise everyone to have specific goals in mind when they attend. Consequently, I wanted to take a minute to share what I’m looking forward to and what I hope to accomplish while I’m there.

Let’s get the fun stuff out of the way first:

  • Author signings: Three of my favorite fabulist writers will be there for book signings. I can’t wait to meet Kate Bernheimer, Kelly Link, and Karen Russell and get books signed.
  • The bookfair: I’ve heard incredible things about the bookfair and have to check out other literary magazines and small presses, talk shop with editors, and discover new authors.
  • Panels: While not all panels will live up to their promise, I’m excited to hear what authors have to say about creating literary magazines, writing “unlikable” characters, conducting research for fiction, creating dark fiction, and finding their voices. I’m especially eager to hear Roxane Gay, Kate Bernheimer, and Karen Russell discuss their writing processes.
  • Camaraderie: I’d be lying if I didn’t confess that I’m pumped to spend time outside of Rosemont with my peers and the program directors. After two years, I’m still settling into Philadelphia (by way of Brooklyn) and feel as if I’m finally starting to make friends…thanks to Rosemont. This event will give me a chance to connect with this lovely like-minded group outside of the classroom.

Now lets get serious. I’m kidding, because my goals for AWP aren’t insufferable (unlike doing my taxes, which I should get done before I board the plane!):

  • Represent Rosemont: Naturally, I’ll be “womanning” the booth for part of the time. I’m happy to talk to AWP attendees, authors, editors, and potential students about Rosemont’s Master’s in Creative Writing and Master’s in Publishing, not to mention the Rathalla Review.
  • Recon: Next year, I’ll be the managing editor of the Rathalla Review, which means I should explore what other literary magazines are publishing and what design elements they have that make them stand out. I want to observe the mind blowing and the not so amazing so I have clear ideas what the lit mag staff should strive for and what we should avoid.
  • Networking: Since I run my own writing, editorial, and creative services company, I figured I would introduce myself to publishers of all sizes to offer my services in the future. I can’t wait to connect with those who are making good books and literary magazines happen.
  • Observe: Like any conference, I’m sure I will learn what works at a conference of this size and what doesn’t. I’m also sure I will learn a lot about my peers, the industry, and how to plan for next year’s conference. Of course, I hope to have some fun as I pay attention to what’s happening.

That’s all for now. If you are attending AWP, visit us at Booth #1600.

Event: Publishing Career Symposium on March 21, 2015

The Graduate Publishing Program and the Office of Post Graduate Success are hosting a Career Symposium on March 21, 2015. See below for details:

What is the Publishing Career Symposium? This one-day event will prepare Rosemont graduate and undergraduate students to enter the job force, interview for positions, and put their best foot forward when corresponding with current and potential employers. It will also help attendees craft the perfect LinkedIn profile.

When and where? The event will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015, from 9am-5pm at Lawrence Hall.

Why should I attend? The Publishing Career Symposium will open with a panel discussion about the current state of employment in the publishing industry, general “dos and don’ts” of interviewing, how and where to search for jobs, how to can get jobs, and how to put your best foot forward. Two other morning sessions will follow the panel: How to Interview and Crafting Resumes. After lunch, we’ll hold two additional sessions: Cover Letters and Other Business Correspondence and the Benefits and Necessities of LinkedIn.

This event is free and lunch will be provided!

Who will attend? You, of course. And top professionals in the field, including Tom Hartmann, Cynthia Laufenberg, Adam Louie, Joe Taylor, and Rosemont College’s very own Anne Willkomm, Meghan Mellinger, and Rudy Wise.

The event is open to graduate students (primarily in the publishing and creative writing programs), undergraduate seniors, and juniors by invitation.

Specifically for the undergraduate attendees: There will be two discussions: 1) To Grad School or Not; and 2) Career Advice for College Majors. Mock interviews will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do I sign up? You can register here.

Event: Panel Discussion on Digital Publishing


Trends in Digital Publishing, a panel discussion with Thomas Hartman, Scott Chappell, Don Lafferty, and Calvin Reid, will be help in Rosemont College’s Lawrence Auditorium at 6:00pm on Monday, March 24. The event is free and open to the public! To register your RSVP, please click here. For any questions or concerns, contact Anne Willkomm at awillkomm@rosemont.edu.