2019 Conference Update 


Unless we have some late-breaking developments, this will probably be our last update before the start of our joint MWSA-SWW Writing Conference on September 12.

Other than making your logistical plans and packing your suitcases, we have one extra step that we’d like everyone to take to make sure you’re ready to join us in Albuquerque: a checklist.

Attendee Checklist

The checklist is designed to make sure that all members and their guests have…

  • properly registered and paid for their conference attendance.

  • a name tag (so everyone knows who you are).

  • selected their meal preference for the awards banquet on Saturday.

IMPORTANT: To provide an accurate (and timely) meal count to the hotel, we’re asking everyone to complete the steps in this checklist on or before September 5. The checklist includes links and detailed instructions for both SWW and/or MWSA members.  Click on the button below to download your checklist.

If you’ve registered but haven’t shared your menu preference, you may end up paying for a menu selection that you didn’t want or have a name tag that’s different from everyone else’s (or which includes inaccurate information).

Click here for current name tag and menu selection list.

Registration window closing soon

We’re sorry, but based on the hotel’s requirements, we’ll be closing down our registration window on the evening of September 5. There will be no on-site registrations. 


The hotel no longer has rooms available at our discounted rate.  Click here for details.

What to wear

During the conference: casual & comfy

At the awards banquet: “semi semi-formal,” i.e., most will be wearing cocktail/dinner dresses or coat and tie. Some will substitute a bolo for a tie… or may not wear a tie. Some plan to “glitter,” others will be less “semi-formal” and opt for comfort instead.

Award Winners

A quick reminder: we have crafted our MWSA awards package for one winner (i.e., one medal, one certificate, 100 book stickers, one cover letter—all enclosed in one folder). If you have a co-author/collaborator with whom you’d like to share honors, you can purchase extra awards packet materials on our website’s online store. If you do this early enough, we can present these additional packages during the ceremony.  Although we’ll have a few spare medals and stickers with us in Albuquerque, we won’t be able to print out certificates or letters at the last minute.

FYI, all award winners who cannot join us in Albuquerque can have their awards packet mailed to them.  We only ask that they pay for postage.

You can always purchase extra or replacement awards materials (and postage) on our online store: https://www.mwsadispatches.com/store

Finally, if you’re a finalist and haven’t read our “Now What?” article for finalists, please give it a gander, it’s packed full of useful information.