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BCC Writers Prepare For Convention

October 17, 2013 by admin

By Sarah Van Clef

     The Creative Writing Club trip to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference better known as AWP, will not only better a student writer, but also better their future. Students from the club are invited to go on a week-long conference strictly for creative writing and literature.
     Each year is a different location around the country. This year more than 10,000 writers, publishers, mentors, teachers and schools will meet in the Washington State Convention Center & Sheraton Seattle Hotel from Feb 26 - March 1, 2014.
     “The annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs provides Brookdale students who are interested in creative writing the opportunity to meet and listen to some of the best writers publishing in America today,” according to Dr. Michael Broek, an English teacher and the Creative Writing Club adviser.
     Anyone who is a Brookdale student can be invited on the trip as long as they attend the club meetings and are active in the club.  In other years the club has taken up to 12 students on the trip. This year, however, the Student Life Board has decided to cut funding for the creative writing club and this year the club can only invite five students on the trip.
     The Brookdale Creative Writing club has been going on its annual AWP trip for at least 10 years, introducing the students to new ideas on the topics of writing, the writing process and literature and opening their minds to new authors located around the country.       
     “Going to any conference is a good start, and going to AWP, the largest writing conference in the country, is even better,” said Patricia Prioli, a creative writing major.
     “The conference enables young writers to get a better understanding of the resources (journals, programs, organizations) that are out there, and the conference introduces new concepts about craft and audience,” said Broek.
     Last year’s AWP conference in Boston Massachusetts over 12,000 attended with over 600 events to choose from. twelve students from the Creative Writing Club were invited to take the train to Boston and embark on a great step in their creative writing career.
     “My fondest memory of AWP was AWP. It was one crazy whirlwind, hard to separate one day from the next, let alone a single moment,” said Prioli. The Creative Writing Club trip to the AWP conference has been a yearly, looked-forward-to tradition.
     “As long as the budgets hold out,” said Broek, “I don't see why AWP would cease to be an important annual event for the Creative Writing Club.”

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