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Published on February 21st, 2014


Over 10,500 Creative Writers Will Invade This City

Starting on Feb 26th 2014, over 10,000 writers will arrive in Seattle, and for the next three days they will pack into the Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

Can you imagine what it would be like to be around so many thousands of poets and fiction writers, not to mention the creative non fiction writers, editors, publishers, and agents?

Says one participant, “It’s going to be crazy! Crazy fun!”

This year Associated Writers Programs conference takes place in a city where recreational marijuana is legal.

Not that creative writers need stimulants to be creative and a little bit different. Like funnyman Shelly Berman once said, they don’t need anything, because “they can have so much fun thinking.”

This year some of writers to give readings and/or talks are Annie Proulx, Sherman Alexie, Richard Blanco, Chang-Rae Lee, and Cristina Garcia, just to name a tiny fraction.




The conference is four days of readings, book signings, panel discussions, and book fair, and a lot of, shall we say, schmoosing, with and without libations.

But let’s not give the wrong impression. It’s not a party (well, it can be). It’s a serious gathering of professional creative writers, wanna be writers, editors, university professors, graduate students of Creative Writing, and literary agents.

Although you must register for the conference to attend the official events, there are many offsite events, such as readings and parties, and they are organized by literary journals, universities, and writer collectives, such as Con Tinta, a gathering of Latino/a writers and lovers of Latino/a writing.

On Thursday March27th at 5:50 pm, the Con Tinta offsite event will honor Washington-based writer Kathleen Alcala at the Mexico Cantina y Cocina.

The Pitt Poetry Series will have an offsite reading with Robin Becker, Barbara Hamby and Alicia Ostriker. The offsite events are generally free and open to the public, held in various venues around Seattle.

For the full list of offsite events click here. 

Breaking news:

This year non-conference participants will be able to visit the book fair, but only on Saturday March 1. There will be over 650 book vendors, literary journal publishers, author signings, as well representatives from university writing programs. This is the first time the general public will have access to this amazing gathering of books.

There’s nothing quite like it.

46 Clubhouse will be there with our cameras for video blogs and features. Look out for us, or follow us on Twitter. 

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