Pre-Register for the AWP Conference

By now, most Ex Libris readers have probably already heard about– and started getting excited for– the 2012 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference & Bookfair in Chicago. The conference will host more than 400 presentations, a keynote address by Margaret Atwood, and attract more than 550 publishers to the bookfair.

If you are interested in registering and have not already done so, take advantage of the pre-registration rates to save and to avoid long-lines at on-site registration. Prior to January 23rd, the student rate is just $40; after that it goes to $60. For more information, please visit the online registration site at

If you still have questions about the AWP Conference, here are a few useful tips and links:

Hotel and Travel Information

Featured Presenters, Schedule of Events, & Off-Site Events

  • If the 550 exhibits of the bookfair, and 400-plus events at the AWP Conference are not enough for you, please consider one of the many off-site events organized by attendees, sponsors, and local institutions

More Conference Sessions for Chicago

The 2012 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Chicago will feature events at both the Chicago Hilton and the Palmer House Hilton hotels. This arrangement will allow the AWP to offer more events and support the participation of more writers. Increasing the number of offered events enables more writers and teachers to serve as presenters, and by extension to secure travel funding from their institutions. Beginning with the 2013 gathering in Boston, all AWP conferences will be centralized around a convention center.

DePaul’s Masters in Writing and Publishing program will have a table at the book fair, so make sure to stop in and say hello!


And a few more things going on in the English department and on Ex Libris:

Current students should check their email accounts for information about applying for Partial Tuition Scholarships. The deadline for applying for PTS awards for the 2012 Winter Quarter is Friday, January 27, and the application forms can be found on D2L.

Also sent out via email was the application for the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society. Please contact Prof. James Murphy at with any questions about Sigma Tau Delta and how to apply.

Reminder: deadlines for application for Degree Conferral are coming up soon if you are planning on graduating in the Winter or Spring quarter. Visit the LA&S website for more information.

And finally, don’t forget to check the Spring 2012 class schedule on Ex Libris, as we are updating it almost daily as new class information comes in. Of course, all the information posted on this page is tentative and subject to change, but it’s a great way to get an idea of what to look forward to in the next quarter!


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