Indigenous writers & scholars participate fluidly in AWP, teaching & directing affiliated programs, or working as independent writers/scholars, &/or in language revitalization & community programing. 

This group serves the purpose of supporting the annual AWP Indigenous-Aboriginal American Writers Caucus, and imparting field-related craft, pedagogy, celebrations & concerns as understood by Indigenous-Native writers from the Americas and surrounding island nations.

In order to meet the needs and concerns of Indigenous writers working in affiliated academic programming, to ensure fair treatment and quality opportunity in writerly concerns, the participating community of AWP Indigenous/Native writers calls for a forum within which to identify and communicate essential discussion and subsequently provide findings for the benefit of AWP in general.


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  1. Denise Low

    Hi, Here’s a copy of the comments I posted about how to get your conference proposal accepted, alaready on FB. Allison Hedge Coke has excellent advice regarding the specific directions posted by AWP, including inclusion of diverse age-groups, stakeholders, ethnicities, academic/non-academic mix, etc. Here’s a bit more. Imagine yourself sitting down with a 4 binders about 8 inches thick each, filled with proposals. Readers (the conference committee) recuse themselves from close professional contacts, family members, and close friends. Pretty soon, the quality of the proposals really makes a difference, as well as those who read the directions carefully (about 60%). Here are my top priorities for proposals: You say it so well, Allison. I promised some “insider” dope. In addition to what Allison says 1. Write the proposal in polished, professional prose. If there is another proposal like yours, the conference committee will choose the better presented one (they are trying to not duplicate panels.) 2. Follow the directions carefully. 3. Think of the audience (writers) and their needs–craft, pedagogy, publishing help, networking. Many more poetry events get proposed than fiction, nonfiction, reviewing, how to talk to an agent, etc. The AWP site gives statistics, and they are pretty amazingly lopsided. 4. Think more in terms of shared information than a chance to read your work (there are off-site events for that). The sessions I saw that were packed were the Heid E. Erdrich and Trevino Brings Plenty event about non-academic occupations for the writer; publishers; non-fiction events about how to publish non-fiction. You might look over the online AWP conference panel descriptions from 2014 to get ideas. They really look for cutting edge, new stuff. I saw in the NYT today a new platform, Wattpad http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/technology/web-fiction-serialized-and-social.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0


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