Shoptalk authors report on the best and the worst exchanges overheard at academic conferences.

Editor: Mary Zaborskis

Shoptalk: Overheard at AWP

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair, affectionately known as the AWP, is a high-profile annual destination for more than 12,000 writers, teachers, students ...

Shoptalk: Overheard At MLA

Literary scholars say the darndest things, and their comments at this year’s annual Modern Language Association convention in Philadelphia proved no exception to this rule. From chatter overheard in bathrooms and on barstools …