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Volunteering at the RWA Conference

RWA2012 volunteersRWA needs lots of volunteers to lend a hand at the Annual Conference, and we have several openings available. These openings include set up for events such the Literacy Autographing, Luncheons, and Awards Ceremony, and help during registration, workshops, etc. 

The volunteer sign-up form is part of the online conference registration process this year, so please review the list below and consider where you'd like to volunteer before registering for the conference.

If you don't sign up to volunteer when you register for the conference, you can add volunteer shifts afterward. To sign up to volunteer after you’ve already registered for the conference:

  • Log in to and visit your My Profile page.
  • Click the Transactions tab.
  • Find your conference registration transaction, and click the Registration button next to it.
  • Click the My Options tab.
  • Click the Add Additional Options button.
  • Select your volunteer shift and hit the Add button next to each selection.
  • Hit Finish.

E-mail or call 832-717-5200, Ext. 130, with any questions.


Volunteer Opportunities

Registration Help
Duties include handing out registration materials to attendees. Staff from the office will be there to help and to answer questions. (Tuesday – Saturday)


Goody Room
Answer any questions while registrants are setting up materials and maintain the condition of the Goody Room. (Wednesday - Saturday)


Librarians’ Day Help
Be present at the Librarians’ Day event to assist Librarian Liaison with event setup. (Saturday)


Librarian Goody Room Help
Volunteer will be present in the Librarian Goody Room when authors drop off promotional items and will maintain the condition of the room. (Saturday)


Literacy Autographing Setup
Set up the room in preparation for the Literacy Autographing. Unpack books to stack on the tables, set out name cards, and help get things organized. Setup will involve carrying boxes of books, so wear comfortable clothes, as the book boxes can be dirty. (Saturday)


Literacy Autographing Volunteers
Make sure the authors have water, among other duties, during the Literacy Autographing. This will involve being on your feet for a long period of time, so wear comfortable clothes and shoes. (Saturday)


Literacy Autographing Pack Up
After the event ends, the remaining books need to be boxed up. This job requires you to be able to carry boxes full of books and be on your feet for approximately a half-hour to an hour. (Saturday)


Annual General Meeting Volunteer
Volunteer duties will vary but include checking membership credentials, assisting with setup, etc. (Friday)


Workshop Moderator (Click here to see a list of workshops available to moderate.)
Retrieves the speaker packet from workshop room and sets up the speaker name tents. Also, the moderator makes sure the correct sign is at the door (with right time) and introduces the speaker. (Thursday – Saturday)


Workshop Desk Monitor
Answer questions from attendees about directions to various rooms and advice about which workshops to attend. (Wednesday – Saturday)


Editor/Agent Appointments
Duties included registering people as they arrive for their appointments, calling people for their appointments, helping to keep track of time. (Friday)


Awards Ceremony Setup
Assist in setting up for the Awards Ceremony. Assignments will be given on site. (Thursday)


Awards Ceremony Ushers
Collect passes to the RITA finalist seating area. (Thursday)