Many of my blogosphere, Facebook and Twitter buddies are in Washington D.C. at the AWP 2011 Conference. I'm in rainy Atlanta writing – this blog, my novel, a new poem, articles for the newspaper I edit.
Honestly, I didn't see the point of going to AWP this year. While I would love to meet up with some of my fellow writers, I simply couldn't afford to go (no university subsidy here), wasn't invited to be on a panel and I'm between projects, so nothing to shamelessly self-promote.
I do plan to attend the 2012 AWP in Chicago, so if anyone is putting together a panel on poetry, fiction or social media, do let me know. I'll start saving my pennies now.
If you're kicking yourself for not attending AWP, read Jeannine Hall Gailey's handy-dandy "How To Survive Not Going to AWP DC" guide at her blog. It's funny stuff.