AWP20ThumbnailWITS Alliance @ #AWP20 | Booth #1445

San Antonio, TX | March 4-7, 2020

WITS Alliance | AWP 2020 Panels + Meetings

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Hustle Life: How to Sustain a Work-Life Balance | 12:10 pm
  • Room 207, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Panelists: Autumn Hayes, Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean, Sonya Bilocerkowycz,
Jay Howard, Matty Layne Glasgow
How do we craft a work-life balance when there are no jobs? How do we ensure we don’t face burnout when all we have is the hustle life? Five writers will share how they’ve navigated the struggles of writing, publishing, and paying the bills, as well as tips and tricks they’ve created for themselves to stop burnout.


WITS Alliance Reading | 5 pm

  • Grand Hyatt Hotel (600 E Market St, 78205) in Bonham Room C (3rd floor)
WITS teaching attracts writers with an incredible sense of service to others. This event will celebrate the breadth of voices that inspire children in writing classrooms across the country.

Readers will include current and former WITS writers: Layla Al-Bedawi, Tina Cane, Raie Crawford, Ruth Dickey, Ayokunle Falomo, Patricia Garcia Soto, Allen Gee, Javan Howard, Monica Prince, Reyes Ramirez, Justin Rogers and more! Hosted by Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean, the event is free and open to the public, and will include informational materials about WITS programs nationwide.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Writing and Teaching Toward a New Radical Liberation | 9 am
  • Room 214D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Panelists: Loyce Gayo, Monica Sok, Paul Tran, Adrienne Perry, Monica Prince
How do we as instructors create a space that allows for the critical and personal reflection, writing, and sharing of our traumas while honoring the writer? How do we encourage, especially within marginalized communities, the envisioning of new and radical liberatory imaginaries? Five writers and teachers will share experiences and lessons that highlight the often difficult negotiation of the personal in the classroom.

WITS Alliance Coffee Meet-up | 11 am

Join us as we chat over coffee about all things WITS. Learn how to start your own Writers in the Schools program, gain insights on expanding your program, and meet some of the wonderful people involved in the international WITS Alliance.


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Mentors: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly | 10:35 am
  • Room 214B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Panelists: Patricia Garcia Soto, Roberto Tejada, Renee Simms, Amina Gautier, Kathryn Savage

The writing life can be lonely and isolating. Often, we look to mentors to provide feedback, guidance, and connection. A bad mentor can stop inspiration and motivation. A good mentor can lead to a lifelong friendship. What does it mean to be a good mentor? Five writers will discuss their experience with previous mentors and what lessons they’ve learned about mentorship.

Money, Money, Money: How to Make a Living and Be a Writer | 12:10 pm
  • Room 207 | Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Panelists: Harriet Riley, Long Chu, Keith S. Wilson, Megan Peak

In an increasingly competitive academic job market, many writers are seeking alternative career pathways where they know their creative and critical thinking skills will make an impact— and they’ll be able to pay their bills. Five writers will discuss how they arrived in industries outside academia, offering tips on pursuing a meaningful career and sustaining a vibrant professional life as a writer.