Conference 2019 FAQ

How do I register for AWP2019?


The registration site for the conference will open January 1, 2019, in order to manage membership applications and dues, which go from January 1 - December 31. Below is cost information so you can plan ahead, especially if you are applying for funding! The registration fee includes 3 breakfasts, 3 social hours, Friday night feminist karaoke and the Saturday night concert/dance with Kim Trusty and her band. Continuing education workshops have separate fees.

Early bird fees through February 5 are:
AWP Member $270
Non-AWP Member $420
Student or Limited Means
AWP Member $120
Non-AWP Member $170

Fees increase by $10-20 for registration after February 5.

Can I reduce my costs?

Student and limited means members who register by February 5 can take advantage of these opportunities:
1) Volunteer 4 hours onsite and get a reduced registration fee of $70. Select this option on the registration form and we will contact you to set up your schedule.
2) Request a subsidized room, shared (2 persons), for $35/night. Select applicable room nights on your registration form; rooms are prepaid through your registration and are not refundable after February 21.

 Questions? Contact Kat Quina,, for answers!

How do I get to Newport?


We think you’ll love Newport as much as previous attendees have; it lies on a point of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay, with miles of beautiful shore and a rich history. But it is not close to transportation hubs, so here are your best bets:


By Air:

  • Providence Airport (PVD), which is actually located in Warwick, RI, is about 45 minutes from Newport. Don’t forget to check out rates on Southwest Airlines; they don’t appear on most search sites.
  • Boston Logan Airport (BOS) often offers better cross-country or international rates but will require an extra couple of hours to get to RI. Peter Pan bus lines ( offer an airport bus from Logan to Providence, where you can catch other transport to Newport, or check out Lyft/Uber costs which may be reasonable if shared.

By Train:

Amtrak’s northeastern corridor trains stop in Providence and Kingston, RI. Kingston is closer to Newport, but fewer trains stop there.

By Auto:

Ocean Drive in Newport is beautiful, as is much of the south-coastal trip up I-95. Valet or self-parking is free at the hotel. GPS address is 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI. Note: There is a toll of up to $4 (reduced for E-Z Pass) crossing the Newport Bridge (from the west/ southwest or points south).


The last leg to Newport is a bit more complicated…


RIPTA bus lines are available from downtown Providence (Rt 60), PVD airport (Rt 14), and the Kingston train station (Rt 64); requires a walk of a few blocks from airport or Providence train station ( Newport Gateway Visitor Center is the last stop; call the hotel for the free shuttle (401-298-2460). Note that bus service on Sundays is severely limited.

Car Services:

Limo and taxi service are available but can be costly (up to $150 for a car of 6 people). Lyft and Uber cost approximately $40 (up to 4 people) and are available at all sites; airport pickups require a 2-block walk.

Rental Car:

A range of rental cars is available at the PVD airport; see “by auto,” above.

How do I make hotel reservations?

Gurney’s is located on Goat Island, adjoining downtown Newport, jutting out in the bay ( A 24-hour shuttle to downtown Newport is available on request, although the walk is also nice (albeit brisk in winter!). The reservation link is here and is also available via the AWP 2019 conference site on or through the hotel’s reservations office at 401-851-3332 or -3366 (specify “AWP ROOMS”).

Reservations must be received by Thursday, February 7, 2019, to get the conference rate of $139.00 plus taxes (13%) on standard rooms. For disability access, please register early directly with the hotel. A limited number of rooms with two queen beds must be reserved through the hotel’s reservations office by phone. Upgraded rooms with water views or suites are available for an additional charge.


Where can I get good food?

Breakfast and receptions are provided with your registration for the conference. The hotel offers a small take-out café with breakfast goodies, sandwiches and salads, and drinks, as well as a medium+ priced breakfast/lunch restaurant and a more expensive (but very good!) Italian meal at Scarpetta.
But Newport is also a foodie’s dream, even off-season. A few blocks away (or a quick free shuttle ride) are dozens of options, from $$ (e.g., Panera’s) to $$$ (e.g., the Moorings, a personal favorite of ours, and Brick Alley Pub). Reservations are recommended for some of the more popular restaurants (if they don’t take reservations, expect a wait during peak hours). We will have information and some group signup sheets at the conference.