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Reading, writing, and a ridiculously good time. That pretty much sums up the 2010 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference.
We left behind Pittsburgh’s 80-degree weather for the cool, blue skies of the Mile High City. Imagine our surprise to wake up the next day in Denver to find snow on the ground! But a little snow would not deter the thousands of writers who had come together to discuss their work, share their writing, and celebrate their craft. After setting up our book fair table and registering for the annual three-day conference, we felt ready to take on the offerings of AWP, which included over four hundred events!
From top to bottom: The Denver AWP Book Fair; PR Manager Alicia staffs the ModCloth Table.
We were among 500 journals, publishers, writing programs, and small presses who had come to promote their cause at the book fair. We were so excited to announce our forthcoming anthology of Fashion Writing, The Written Wardrobe!
Lots of stylish people stopped by our table. Left: Jes S. Curtis of Squeeze the Universe wearing our Right to Remain Stylish Jacket and What Time Is It Deer Watch Necklace. Right: Luke "Mr. Sexy" Geddes shows off his Warhol-chic.
Any customer who’s read our product descriptions knows that all of us at ModCloth have an extreme love of words. That’s why we were thrilled to announce the call for submissions for The Written Wardrobe at this year’s AWP. The Written Wardrobe is a collection of literary nonfiction, fiction, and poetry that will be published online by ModCloth next year. Exploring the various ways in which fashion and style affect our lives, The Written Wardrobe was met by overwhelming excitement by many of the writers we met. Now we’re encouraging all of you out there with a love of words and fashion to submit your work to us for consideration for The Written Wardrobe! Find out more about The Written Wardrobe here.
Left: Fiction Writer Angi Becker sports our Cable Car Tour Dress during Thursday night's Pank Reading. Right: ModCloth's Campaign Manager Maggie Glover reads from her poetry.
Throughout the three-day conference, we attended dozens of panels that delved into topics ranging from the challenges women face in memoir writing to the advantages and perils of online writing and editing. When we had a few spare moments, we snuck out to grab one of Mad Greens‘ amazing salads on the 16th Street mall! But then it was back to work and more readings, given by the likes of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon and ModCloth’s own Campaign Manager Maggie Glover!
Top: Fashion Writers Jen (left) and Angela (right) prepare for the nights festivities. Bottom: Participants in our Fashionable Literate Pub Quiz pay apt attention to a question.
But of course, we couldn’t leave Denver without a party! On Friday Night, ModCloth hosted a launch party for The Written Wardrobe at Forest Room 5, a cozy Denver bar decorated with old movie posters and warmed by a stone fireplace. The night started with a rousing pub quiz, which featured questions that challenged players to recall instances of fashion in literature. Our players navigated the depths of Pablo Neruda’s poetry and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for a chance to win ModCloth prizes. After trivia was tackled, mingling and dancing ensued!
The ModCloth Team! From left to right: Molly, Writing Team Manager; Hannah, Fashion Writer/Editor; Maggie, Campaign Manager; Jen, Fashion Writer/Editor; Sarah, Fashion Writer; Alicia, PR Manager; Angela, Fashion Writer; Turi, PR Specialist.
Thank you to everyone who visited us at AWP and came out for the party! We had a fantastic time in Denver and are excited for the future of The Written Wardrobe!
AWP, Tales from the Road
Glad you enjoyed yourselves, ladies! So nice to meet you all in person over drinks and a fire. Don’t be strangers!
Oh dear! AWP! I wish I had gone this year–it would have been so lovely to see some poetry readings that go on for hours and choose from 100000 panels on 100000 different interesting things! And of course, visit the Modcloth booth! I’m so excited for the anthology. It sounds like a wonderful project.
looks and sounds like a fantastic event. I missed this but will make my next event calendar in Washington.
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