AWP Conference

The annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP) is in Kansas City in 2024, and StoryStudio will be there!

Find us at booth T1737 in the Bookfair Hall. We have lots of faculty & members on panels throughout the conference.
PLUS: we’re hosting an off-site event on Friday, February 9.

Join Us for Our Off-Site Party!

Part cocktail party, part game-show-style fun, this event will be a chance for you to mingle with fellow writers and experience the Battle of the Genres. The below authors will compete for the title of the Ultimate Craft Champion, while you cheer them on with drinks, cheers, and good-natured heckling.

Battle of the Genres

Friday, February 9 • 6pm – 10pm
Location: Parlor KCMO
1707 Locust St.
Sequoia Nagamatsu
Melissa Febos
Ruth Joffre
Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Kenyatta Rogers
with Emcee: Rebecca Makkai

Entry is Free! Books of participating authors will be on sale.

Where to Find Us in Kansas City

Faculty, students, and friends of the Studio will be on various panels throughout the week! Here’s where you can find us:


10:35 – 11:50

Storytelling through Hermit Crab Flash: Exploring Borrowed Forms
(Kathy Fish, Lindsey Novak, Avitus B. Carle, Ruth Joffre)

12:10 – 1:25

The Loneliness of the Slow Essayist: On Writing Books That Take Forever
(Chelsea Biondolillo, Silas Hansen, Lisa Nikolidakis, Helena Rho, Rajpreet Heir)


9:00 – 10:!5

Writing Interracial Narratives
(Erik Gleibermann, Alexandra Chang, Mira Jacob, Cleyvis Natera)

10:35 – 11:50

How to Be Your Own Agent
(Pedro Ponce, Anne Elliott, Joanna Sit, Ariel Gore, Thaddeus Rutkowski)


f/Lawless: Writing Queer Sex
(Asali Solomon, Melissa Febos, Jeanne Thornton, Annie Liontas, Lydia Conklin)

12:10 – 1:25

Be Shameless: Everything You Need to Know to Nail Promotion
(Cleyvis Natera, Mitchell Jackson, Angie Cruz , Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Lisa Lucas)


East Coast, West Coast, Best Coast: Writing the Midwest
(Megan Stielstra, Maggie Smith, Rebecca Makkai, Denne Michele Norris, Ashley Ford)

1:45 – 3:00

Greater Than the Sum of its Parts: Writing and Structuring Essay Collections
(Melissa Febos, Alexander Chee, CJ Hauser, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Lilly Dancyger)

3:20 – 4:35

Writing Within the Diaspora: On Persian and Armenian Displacement and Literature
(Arthur Kayzakian, Pantea Amin, Armen Davoudian, Aram Mrjoian, Maryam Shadmehr)


10:35 – 11: 50

Unlearning What You Learned Just Now: Writing Strategies After Your First Book
(Juan Martinez, Julie Iromuanya, Jimin Han, Ted Wheeler)


What Exactly Do You Do?: Jobs as Guides into Our Characters’ Worlds
(Tim Horvath, Rebecca Makkai, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Joy Baglio)

1:45 – 3:00

Poets Learn to Pitch (& other practical tips for writing and publishing prose)
(Nancy Reddy, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Tiana Clark, Hope Wabuke, Chen Chen)

3:20 – 4:35

A Good Book Is Never Late
(Chelsey Johnson, Vu Tran, Ricardo Nuila, Nami Mun, Peyton Marshall)