The ALSCW sponsors local meetings so that members and their friends can gather for readings, lectures, discussion, and literary conviviality throughout the year—not just during our annual conference. These meetings bring together young scholars, established professors, passionate readers, imaginative artists, and anyone who would like to engage in (or even just observe) our ongoing conversation about literature. Most Local Meetings occur during the academic school year.
Host a Meeting
All you have to do is dream up an occasion—a reading of new (or old) fiction or poetry, a talk on a work in progress or on a work splendidly completed, a play-reading, a communal discussion of a hot new book. . . . Then set a date; send out invitations; offer wine, Ginger Ale, eau de vie, cheese, olives, chocolate chip cookies, or other treats. With enough notice, the DC Office staff can send an invitation to ALSCW members and post the event on Facebook. Contact the DC Office to have ALSCW poster-boards, handouts, and copies of Literary Imagination for display sent to your event.
If you hold several such parties each year, you’ll build a lively community and establish tradition and momentum (that pair that resides at the heart of the life of letters). You will also build important links between young scholars, writers, and readers – and their elders. One of the most successful features of the office meetings, which take place three times a semester, has been the alternation of presentations by senior scholars, emerging writers, and artists from other disciplines. Such local occasions will exhibit our flair, our idealism, our delight. They are a perfect instrument for attracting new members, so please include people who are not yet members. —Rosanna Warren, Past President (2005)
For more information, or for assistance organizing or promoting a local meeting, please contact the D.C. office at firstname.lastname@example.org
View photos from past local meetings below