Our alumni remain vitally connected to this program and to each other decades into their writing lives. They reconnect and continue to support one another through enduring friendships, local workshops, and thriving regional alumni groups and reading series in cities across the country. They gather at the annual alumni conference, as well as at AWP and other conferences and workshops. They also volunteer their talents and time at the AWP Bookfair, on the Board of Directors of Friends of Writers, and in various service projects for the program.

Our alumni have published nearly 1500 books and have received national recognition–NEA, Guggenheim, Fulbright, Lilly, and Stegner fellowships; multiple Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards, book prizes from the Academy of American Poets, PEN America, NAACP, NBCC, and numerous presses, among many other accolades. They carry this program’s ethos, passion, and its creative and analytical gifts into the classroom, lab, courtroom, boardroom, and their daily lives. Our graduates truly are our best advertisement.