AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship

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I’m excited to share the news that I was selected from a pool of very competitive writers to participate in AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship. I was paired with Elizabeth Isadora Gold, author of The Mommy Group. 

So here’s the backstory. I’ve been writing my memoir on and off for about a year. Last summer, I took a break. I did a lot of traveling. I visited Mexico with my family, Haiti with the Haitian Adoptee group, and Puerto Rico with friends. I flew to Pittsburg and presented at KAAN for the first time. I worked summer school.

I was busy. 

But I  found a little bit of time to write here and there. By the end of 2017, I had a very rough 40,000 word manuscript.

When I found out the annual AWP conference would be held in Tampa this year, I knew I had to attend. It’s only a few hours drive, and I was looking forward to some great panels.

After I registered for the conference, I noticed a call for applications for a mentorship. It required an application and a ten page writing sample. I sent both in at the beginning of January and pretty much forgot about it.

Two weeks ago, I received the congratulatory email, and my mouth literally hung open while I read it. I had been selected from hundreds of applications, and I would be working one on one with a published author.


I am honored to be a part of this program. I’ve already had a few conversations with Elizabeth (who is amazing by the way), and we will get to meet in person at AWP next week.

If I needed a sign to move forward with my memoir, this is it.  I’m excited to learn and grow as a writer for the next few months, and I’m open to whatever happens next.


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