AWP Anxiety

February 27, 2014 | 1

Don’t let social anxiety trap you in your hotel room at AWP. At Tin House, Courtney Maum gives advice for how to make and keep your writer friends in an essay aptly titled, “How Not to Hate Your Friends.” Her first wise tip: “Only be friends with people you actually like.” Pair with: Our dispatch from AWP 2013 to know what you’re in for.

is an associate editor for The Millions and an editor in Atlanta. She tweets at @temalone.

One comment:

  1. I think, “Only be friends with people you actually like,” is amazing advice. At forty years old, I am only now realizing that I have always had ‘friends’ based on circumstance, their choice, or obligation. I have a small handful of people in my life who I would deliberately choose.

    I think it’s very wise to seek friendships that enrich both our friends and ourselves.

    I am now making concerted efforts to examine my relationships and pay attention to whether or not I want them. This has opened me up to the idea that I may have time and energy leftover to fill those vacancies with people I really want to be friends with! THAT is worth pushing back against social anxiety for. :)

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