A Welcome to All
AWP welcomes diversity and the participation of individuals in its activities regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, socioeconomic status, age, disability, or religious or political belief. AWP encourages the contributions of all of its members and attendees at the conference, and we are proud to create an event that supports such inclusive participation.
Conference Registration & Check-In
Both attendees who have registered in advance and attendees who have not yet registered may pick up their registration materials in the registration area, located in Salon ABC on Level One of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Please consult the maps in the conference planner or the map section of the mobile app for location details.
Students must present a valid student ID to check in or register at our student rate. Seniors must present a valid ID to check in or register at our senior rate. A $50 fee will be charged for all replacement badges.
Registration & Check-In Hours
Wednesday, February 8: 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 9: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, February 10: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 11: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
If you have problems registering, require assistance, or have a question about accessibility services, please visit AWP's Help Desk, located in the registration area in Salon ABC on Level One of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Stay on top of everything happening at the conference by following AWP on Twitter (
) and #AWP17 on all social media. WiFi is available throughout the bookfair.
Every registered conference attendee receives one copy of the AWP conference program. If you lose your program or want to purchase extras, copies are available for $10 each (while supplies last) in the registration area in Salon ABC on Level One of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Admission to Events
Unless otherwise noted in the program, you must present your registration name badge to gain admission to all meetings, panels, readings, and receptions. You must also present your badge to enter the bookfair.
AWP's bookfair is located in the Halls D & E on Level Two of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This year's bookfair showcases more than 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. Please consult the maps in the conference planner or mobile app for location details.
Find Us in the Bookfair
Learn more about AWP, meet our staff, and get to know our board members at booth #325/327. Find the official bookstore for the conference at booth #424/426.
Bookfair Concessions, Bar, & Lounge
Breakfast and lunch concessions are available inside the bookfair in Exhibit Halls D & E and in the L Street Bridge concessions area in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Cash, debit, and credit cards are accepted at all food and beverage locations. Please consult the maps in the conference planner or mobile app for location details.
Lost & Found
All found items will be turned over to the Walter E. Washington guest and security services at the close of registration each day. If you have questions, please visit AWP's Help Desk, located in Salon ABC on Level One of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
First-Aid is located on the right side of the L Street Bridge, just outside the entrance to the AWP bookfair in Exhibit Halls D & E, in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
The Lactation Room is located in Room 303 of Level Three of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Please visit AWP's Help Desk, located in Salon ABC on Level One of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in order to get keycode access to this room.
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Smoking is permitted in designated areas only.
Proposals for Our 2018 Conference in Tampa, Florida
AWP welcomes proposals for future conference events. Please visit
for information about proposing an event, literary partnership, or sponsorship for next year's conference in Tampa. The deadline for event proposals is May 1, 2017.
Founded in 1967, AWP provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 550 college and university creative writing programs, and 150 writers' conferences and centers. Our mission is to foster literary achievement, advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.
About the Conference
AWP's first conference was held in 1973 at the Library of Congress and hosted six events and sixteen presenters. George Garrett, one of AWP's founders, planned the first gathering with help from the National Endowment for the Arts. Presenters included Elliott Coleman, founder of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University; Paul Engle, founder of the Iowa Writers' Workshop; poets Josephine Jacobsen and Miller Williams; and novelists Ralph Ellison and Wallace Stegner, among others. The conference grew steadily, and with the addition of the bookfair in the mid-eighties it became the foundation for what has become the largest literary conference in North America. This year's conference is host to 550 events, 2,000 presenters, and more than 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. Most conference events are organized by their participants and selected through a competitive submission process by AWP's conference subcommittee. Featured events are organized and sponsored by member institutions, affiliated literary organizations, or AWP.