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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz January 24, 2013 - 11:31am

The AWP is in Boston this year.

https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/overview

It so happens that I live on the good side of the river. I'm considering maybe attending a day, maybe the whole thing, but it's pretty spendy.

Anyone ever been to one of these? Is it worth it for young writers? It's a little more costly than I hoped, but at the same time, I can basically see where its' being held from my living room window which makes me feel like I should go.

Who's coming to town? 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest January 24, 2013 - 12:57pm

I doubt I could make it, but I am wondering what the cost is.

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz January 24, 2013 - 1:33pm

I think it was around 260 for the whole weekend. And if I'm reading it right, 120 for a day pass. Seems a little absurd. I was talking to a guy last week though that's been to two of them and claims they're worth it. But it's pretty steep.

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz January 24, 2013 - 1:34pm

To put in context, I spent 215 for a 3 day pass to the Hangout Festival. This is a music fest on the beach in Alabama. It's full of bands, women in bikinis, drugs & alcohol. As awesome as books and writers are...

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt January 24, 2013 - 2:44pm

Looks cool, but I can't make it. I'll just go to the Los Angeles one...in three years.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch January 24, 2013 - 3:21pm

Actually, I may go. Only been to AWP once, in Austin. It was cool, but I had too many friends who wanted to hang out and I didn't see much of the conference at that time.

Now my department is paying for it, but if the last part of my (big ugly neverending) treatment is somehow not done by then (radiation therapy), then I'll have to cancel.

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Wonder Woman from RI is reading 20th Century Ghosts January 24, 2013 - 4:06pm

I'd probably finagle it if I wasn't running a theater program. Not sure when our performance date is going to be yet (plus it's my daughter's bday). I'm in RI (which is oh-so-close) and it sounds like it'd be an awesome. 

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts March 11, 2013 - 10:43pm

How was it? Who all went?

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 12, 2013 - 12:02am

Not me, because I live here, and I'm an idiot. 

I believe Gordon Highland among a few others came to town, though. 

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch March 12, 2013 - 6:03pm

I met Phil Jourdan. I saw Gordon but didn't get to talk to him because I wasn't sure I had the right person. I walked into a reading to hear a friend of mine, and lo and behold, Phil was talking in front of a crowd!