Weekend Scene: 2017 Conference & Bookfair Registration

Weekend Scene: 2017 Conference & Bookfair Registration

Feb. 4 / 17

Hello again….have another reminder about the AWP Conference & Bookfair 2017 in Washington D.C. This information has been posted before and hopefully for those interested, you may still have a chance to register. February 8–11, 2017 are the dates…..

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2017 Conference & Bookfair Registration

Conference events begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017, and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2017. The bookfair is open 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. from Thursday, February 9 to Saturday, February 11, 2017.

Registration includes admission to AWP’s bookfair, meetings, panels, readings, and public receptions for the duration of the conference period. Meals, lodging, and travel are not included. Visit the Hotel & Travel section for information on lodging at AWP’s official conference hotels.

The purchase of a bookfair table or booth includes two complimentary Exhibitor Access Badges, which will allow you full access to the conference and bookfair. Please access the Exhibit Space Management page of your AWP user account to assign these two badges before January 20, 2017.  Exhibitor Access Badges that are not assigned by this date may be forfeited. Please note: If you have been assigned an Exhibitor Access Badge, you do not need to purchase an additional registration. For more information about Exhibitor Access Badges, see the Bookfair Exhibitor FAQs.

Students, faculty, and staff of sponsoring institutions should check with their program or organization before purchasing a registration on their own. You may be eligible for a complimentary sponsor registration.

All conference registrations must be purchased online or onsite with a credit or debit card. We do not accept checks or cash. All sales are final and nonrefundable.

Registration Rates & Periods

Registration Categories Early Bird
Aug. 1 – Oct. 14.
Oct. 15 – Dec. 21
Dec. 22 – Feb. 7
Feb. 8 – Feb. 11
Member Registration $145 $160 $200 $200
Registration + One-Year Membership Bundle $215 $230 $270 $270
Nonmember Registration $240 $260 $300 $300
Student* Registration $50 $50 $65 $65
Senior (65 and up)** Registration $80 $80 $80 $80
Bookfair Staff Registration*** $145 $160 $200 $200
Bookfair Staff, Student* Registration*** $50 $50 $65 $65
Presenter Member Registration $75 $80 $105 $105
Presenter Registration + One-Year Membership Bundle $145 $150 $175 $175
Presenter Nonmember Registration $160 $170 $210 $210
Saturday Pass**** N/A N/A N/A $45

* Students must present a valid student ID.
** Seniors must present a valid ID.
*** Bookfair staff registrations are not equivalent to Exhibitor Access Badges and do not permit access to the exhibit halls during set-up or move-out hours.
**** The Saturday Pass can only be purchased onsite on Saturday, February 11, 2017, and includes admission to all conference events (with the exception of private receptions) as well as the bookfair.

Registration Confirmation

Your registration will be confirmed by an email sent to the address that you specified under your badge information during purchase. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering, as our system is not able to alert you if you enter an incorrect or incomplete email address. You may change the name and affiliation on your badge at any point before Wednesday, February 8, 2017, on the Conference Registration Management page of your AWP user account.

Will-call Registration

After preregistration ends on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, you can continue to register online using the will-call option on Thursday, December 22, 2016, though not at a reduced preregistration rate. All badges purchased before arriving onsite in Washington, DC, can be printed at the conference during the hours listed below.

Checking In at the Conference

All badges will be printed onsite at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at a registration kiosk. These kiosks will allow you to both print a pre-purchased registration badge and purchase a new registration. All pre-purchased badges will be assigned a unique registration code, which will be included in the confirmation email sent to each attendee after a purchase has been made. Please save this information and bring it with you to the conference and bookfair, as you will need it to print your badge and pick up your registration materials onsite.

All those who purchase a registration under the student or senior category will be required to show a valid student or government-issued ID in order to print their badge details.

Onsite Registration & Check-in Hours

Wednesday, February 8: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 9: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, February 10: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 11: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sponsor and Literary Partner Registrations

As a benefit for supporting the conference, all sponsors and literary partners receive an allocated number of registration waivers, based on the level of sponsorship. Confirmed sponsors and partners will be contacted by AWP with instructions for submitting their waiver lists. All lists must be received by January 20, 2017. Registration waivers that are not submitted by that date will be forfeited.

Press Passes

We appreciate all coverage of our annual conference. Requests for press passes must be made in writing from the editor of the media organization, on behalf of the journalist, to by January 20, 2017. The request must specifically detail how the pass will be used to cover the conference. To attend as a member of the press, you must present valid press credentials to your kiosk attendant so that you may receive your conference badge. Photography, videography and sound recordings are not permitted at the conference without AWP’s written consent.


February 8–11, 2017
Washington, DC

Washington Convention Center & Washington Marriott Marquis


Conference Registration Manager


Attendee Terms & Conditions

Refund Policy

Accessibility Services

Please check to see if you still have a chance to attend, that is if you are interested. I’m sure there is still room left to register.















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Weekend Scene: ABI Reminder…..Artist & Maker Business Bootcamp

Weekend Scene: ABI Reminder…..Artist & Maker Business Bootcamp

Feb. 4 / 17

First weekend for February. Not a lot to cover, but I do have a reminder, courtesy of the Arts Business Institute (ABI). I’ve posted this a few months ago, but again this is a reminder….

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Artist & Maker Business Bootcamp, Philadelphia, PA February 18-19, 2017

February 18-19, 2017

Hilton Garden Inn

1100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

Learn How to Price, Market and Sell Your Art or Craft


Are you passionate about growing your creative business?

This event is designed specifically for fine artists and craft artists who want to succeed on a professional level.


Schedule at a Glance

Saturday, February 18th

9:00 a.m.  Registration opens

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.    The New Marketplace – Wendy Rosen

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   Creative Marketing Strategies – Carolyn Edlund

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   Lunch break

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.     Wholesale 101 – Wendy Rosen

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.       Creative Sales Strategies  – Carolyn Edlund

3:00 p.m.     Individual Artist Consultations (pre-scheduled)


Sunday, February 19th

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.     Pricing for Profit – Rosen/Edlund

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Building Gallery Relationships – Carolyn Edlund

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Artist & Expert Panel Discussion

12:20 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.      Making Work That Sells – Wendy Rosen

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.      How to Sell Your Work Online – Carolyn Edlund

3:15 p.m.      Individual Artist Consultations (pre-scheduled)


Individual Course Details (all courses include Q&A)

The New Marketplace

This essential talk focuses on what artists and makers must know about the changing business models in today’s world. How can you earn a living with your creative business? What does the shifting marketplace tell us about the future, and how you can navigate challenges to survive and thrive? 

Creative Marketing Strategies

This presentation will transform how you approach marketing. How to understand your target customer and build a compelling message to reach them. Traditional and new marketing methods, with creative and unusual examples. How to start a marketing calendar, get publicity, design email marketing campaigns, press kits and more. 

Wholesale 101

A foundational course that addresses the how’s and why’s of wholesale. Learn the power of leveraging your work through repeat orders with galleries and retailers, what buyers want, and how to build a business using the wholesale model. Practical steps to enter this marketplace, and understand best practices.

Creative Sales Strategies

Increase your income through the use of multiple sales models. How to scale a business with new formats, broaden your collection and your audience, become more efficient, make your work collectible, and enter niche markets. Strategies for networking, building repeat and referral business.

Pricing for Profit

Incorrectly pricing your work can bankrupt your business. This critical session will help you get a handle on expenses and use the correct pricing formula to grow your creative business. What defines “profit” and why is it essential? Learn how to add value to your work. This talk is in two parts: pricing for wholesale/retail and pricing for fine artists.

Building Gallery Relationships

A basic tenet of selling art or handmade work is building strong relationships with your galleries. Learn how to be a good partner, how to give extraordinary customer service, create repeat sales, and how to handle the biggest asset your small business has – your customer base.

Making Work That Sells

Building a body of work in a cohesive signature style. Sources of inspiration; building a collection; design and detail; establishing a brand. Understanding trends; adding value to your work.

How to Sell Your Work Online

Online sales of art and handmade goods are growing every day. This presentation addresses the many options to sell work online, including Print on Demand, online galleries, and more. Learn how to avoid the most common mistakes made in online selling; how to give the best presentation and increase sales.

Artist & Expert Panel Discussion

Hear directly from artists, makers, and experts working in creative businesses every day. This popular part of our workshop program gives attendees the chance to ask questions and gain insights into the world of making and selling art and handmade goods.

Individual Artist/Maker Consultations – NOW SOLD OUT

This workshop has a limited number of appointment times for attendees who would like to schedule a face-to-face consultation with one of our speakers at the end of each workshop day. These 20-minute strategy sessions may include portfolio review and critique, discussion of potential markets, pricing questions or discussion of business challenges. Schedule your appointment at the time of registration for an additional $30 charge.


Program Speakers

Wendy Rosen

wendy-smallWendy Rosen is a nationally recognized arts advocate who has been mentoring artists and makers for over 35 years. Her first book “Crafting as a Business” is considered a classic seminal guide to the handmade business, and she is frequently sought after for business consulting. She is the founder of The American Made Show, The Arts Business Institute, and the American Made Alliance. She is the publisher of NICHE Magazine for retailers and currently launching the online portal Best in American Made.

Carolyn Edlund

Carolyn headshot thumbnail 2015Carolyn Edlund’s background includes being the owner of a production ceramic studio for twenty years, selling extensively at retail and wholesale. She’s acted as an outside rep for art publishers and represented gift lines. She launched the site Artsy Shark in 2009 and is recognized as a “top ten” art business blogger. During that time she has written five e-courses on the business of art and hundreds of related articles. She developed and maintains the largest online directory of places for artists and makers to sell, and runs an online art gallery.


Workshop Registration is Now Open!

Register for this 2-day event for $250.00 


You still have time. Click register and you’ll be on your way.
















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