Question: What do you get when you put 12,000 writers, students, authors, editors, and publishers under one roof for three days?

Answer: Opportunities galore to make connections with the most influential people in the literary world today.

AWP16, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this year from March 31-April 2, is the largest literary conference in North America. Featuring more than 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures; and a book fair with participation from more than 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world, it’s easy to see why AWP is THE place to be for anyone interested in writing.

The Writers’ Program is beyond thrilled to be participating in AWP this year and we want to see you there!


Join the Writers’ Program at one or both of these two lively and informative panels, or visit us at the book fair!

1. Page Meets Screen: The Mercurial Marriage of Fiction and Film

Panelists: Billy Mernit (Chair), Chrysanthy Balis, Nancy Nigrosh, and Michael Weiss

Friday, April 1, 3:00-4:15 pm

Room 515A, LACC

As the adaptation success Gone Girl recently demonstrated, some novels translate wonderfully well into feature films—though often, literary bestsellers (Snow Falling on Cedars, anyone?) fail at the multiplex. What kinds of stories best lend themselves to adaptation? What is today’s movie industry looking for in acquiring a fictional project? Los Angeles screenwriting professionals /authors discuss the evolving, often surprising symbiosis between two of storytelling’s most enduring mediums.

2. Living Fictions: Writing in LA

Panelists: Marisa Matarazzo (Chair), Noel Alumit, Francesca Lia Block, Maria Amparo Escandon, and Jim Gavin

Saturday, April 1, 12:00-1:15 pm

Room 405, LACC

Los Angeles is a land of self-invention. It sizzles with the magic of hope and is the place where dreams and reality can converge across a landscape inscribed by complex cultural, economic, and geographic diversity. How do these elements color the craft and content of LA’s prose writers? Authors and teachers in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program discuss LA as a sensibility, a metaphor, and most of all, as a physical and psychic influence on the worlds they create.

Panelists will be signing their books immediately following the panel in Booth #1423

3. Bookfair, Booth #1423

Writers’ Program staff will be stationed in the exhibition hall all three days of the conference. Come meet our staff, get answers to all your questions about our programs and services, and spin the prize wheel to win free Writers’ Program swag.

No matter where you live in the world, the Writers’ Program has a program to help you meet your writing goals.

For more information about the Writers’ Program’s participation at AWP16, call (310) 825-9415 or visit

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