A NEW KIND OF WRITERS CONFERENCE
A NEW KIND OF WRITERS CONFERENCE
THE WRITER'S HOTEL NYC: June 7-13, 2017 Please VISIT OUR APPLICATION PAGE to apply. ::Application deadline is March 15th!::
THE WRITER'S HOTEL IS A SPECIAL HYBRID WRITERS CONFERENCE. TWH is not just another writers conference. We are writers ourselves, and strove to create new kind of program—a hybrid, an alternative to the writers conference. We combined the virtual mentor/mentee feature of the Creative Writing MFA with the spirit of an intense and fun writers conference. And we set the on-site segment of TWH in Manhattan. Writers experience NYC’s inspiring literary backdrop, and can also bring their work directly to market at the heart of the publishing industry.
TWH has two components. We work with writers virtually pre-conference, and then meet in June in NYC for our week-long conference. Pre-conference, we help writers get ready to bring their manuscript to Manhattan’s marketplace by reading each full-length manuscript and offering extensive comments. Writers can request a follow-up phone call to address questions. Writers tend to arrive at the conference feeling an artistic momentum, since they've been productive in their writing and have focused hard on craft.
Our June writers conference in NYC is held at a hotel campus between four hotels in Midtown: The Bryant Park Hotel, Library Hotel, The Algonquin Hotel and Cassa Hotel New York. Writers attend intense morning Major Workshops in their chosen genre, including a new Major Workshop, "Writing for Social Change." In the afternoon, we offer Genre Labs, walking tours and lectures. On one of the afternoons, we host an agent pitch session for the prose writers, who get to talk to agents one-on-one. Our poets attend both a publishing lecture and a poetry publishing industry round table. On reading nights, writers have the extraordinary opportunity to read their own original work in the city at a well-known venue--at KGB Bar Lit, The Bowery or The Cornelia Street Café. Faculty readings are at Kinokuniya Bookstore and The Half King. We also hold a private Open Mic Night at Bryant Park Hotel (two floors) and literary walking tours, hosted by NYPL docents and The Dorothy Parker Society. TWH faculty reads at The Half King and Kinokuniya. NYC literary history is brought to life by the walking tours we offer, led by NYPL docents and the Dorothy Parker Society. Writers have a lot of fun and work hard during our TWH program. We take writers and their writing to the next level.
::TWH 2017 Poetry Faculty: Virginia Poet Laureate Tim Seibles, second inaugural poet to President Obama Richard Blanco, Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang and Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair. Fiction Faculty: Roxana Robinson, Francine Prose, Scott Wolven, Rick Moody, Elyssa East (Writing for Social Change), Shanna McNair and Bethany Ball. Nonfiction Faculty: Mark Doty, Elyssa East and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh. Lecturers include Poets & Writers Editor in Chief Kevin Larimer and Alice James Books Director Carey Salerno. Faculty Assistants are Adeeba Afshan Rana and Erica Vega. Our 2017 Teaching Assistants are Scott Branks del Llano, Timothy Dyke, Pete Follansbee, Jenny Grosvenor, V. Hansmann, Parks Kugle and Mark Wagstaff.::
::We are no longer hosting Wink, Murder at The Algonquin. Instead, we are holding a private Open Mic Night at Bryant Park Hotel (two floors) to celebrate diversity of voice and to foster community.::
THE WRITER'S HOTEL VIDEO TRAILER BY NATHAN ELDRIDGE.
TWH 2016 Major Workshop leaders: Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair, Fiction; Tim Seibles and Roger Bonair-Agard, Poetry; Meghan Daum, Nonfiction. TWH 2016 Genre Lab leaders, Poetry: Former NY Poet Laureate Marie Howe and Current Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair; Fiction: Bill Roorbach and Scott Wolven, and Nonfiction: Elyssa East. 2016 Lecturers: Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of Poets & Writers, Elaine Trevorrow of Blue Flower Arts, Carey Salerno of Alice James Books and writer Bethany Ball. Faculty Assistants: Adeeba Afshan Rana and Erica Vega.
We work with each writer on their writing from the moment of acceptance. This feature is one of the big TWH program components that sets us apart from other writers conferences. No other writers conference program offers pre-conference manuscript reading. We aim to help writers learn new editing tools and focus on craft, and we also aim to help writers polish their target manuscript before they meet with agents and/or editors on site in Manhattan.
We work with writers virtually, reviewing documents using Word comments and "track changes." Each writer receives one TWH team reading of their target manuscript (their present writing project) and one phone or Skype call to follow up and address questions pertaining to that team reading of the target manuscript. This pre-conference team reading includes line edits and overall manuscript commentary. Fiction and Creative Nonfiction students will receive feedback about plot, character development, dialogue, sentence structure and narrative arc. Poetry students will receive responses involving the elements of poetry, such as use of form, line breaks, rhythm, tone and imagery.
The target manuscript can be a full-length manuscript (up to 120K words) or it could be a shorter manuscript, of 30-50 pages. Works-in-progress are also acceptable for our program.
We meet in June in Midtown, where our writers conference takes place. Major Workshops are held in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry. Many writers find the Major Workshops to be the centerpiece of our on-site schedule.
We host five Major Workshops in all, and they meet at either Library Hotel or The Bryant Park Hotel in their gorgeous penthouse lofts. These Major Workshops are given in the morning and are three hours long. Major Workshop leaders for the 2016 program were Meghan Daum, Tim Seibles, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Scott Wolven, Roger Bonair-Agard and Shanna McNair. We cap each Major Workshop at 13 students. Prose writers submit the first 5000 words of their target manuscript to the Major Workshop and poetry writers submit the first 15 pages of poems (up to 15 poems, 15 pages max) to their Major Workshop. The first pages of any manuscript are very important, and this is why we focus quite a bit on those pages. Those first pages will be read and critiqued by the Major Workshop leader and by peers in workshop.
We also host short workshops, or "Genre Labs" on site. The Genre Labs are given in the afternoon at The Bryant Park Hotel. Writers do not need to prepare any work beforehand for the Genre Labs. Each writer generally attends the Genre Lab in their Major Workshop genre, but writers can choose to study a different genre. For example, a writer attending a Major Workshop in poetry can elect to take a Genre Lab in nonfiction.
LIBRARY HOTEL THE ALGONQUIN THE BRYANT PARK HOTEL
CASSA HOTEL NEW YORK
LIBRARY HOTEL: We hold three of our intensive Major Workshops here, in the Poetry Garden, the Writer's Den and the Executive Boardroom. These gorgeous spaces are at the top of the hotel, with patio area overlooking Midtown. Workshops run for four morning sessions and are three hours long each day. Workshops are capped at 12 people with one instructor.
THE ALGONQUIN: One Major Workshop is held here in the Library Room, with a weekend lecture in the Oak Room. We also have an informal meet-and-greet in the Round Table Room, where the so-called "Vicious Circle" convened.
THE BRYANT PARK HOTEL: Two intensive morning craft workshops are held here in The Loft and The Terrace Loft. The inspiring penthouse rooms extend over the two top floors of the hotel. Workshops run for four morning sessions and are three hours long each day. Workshops are capped at 12 people with one instructor. We also hold all of our writing lectures, acquisition editor panels and our agent speed dating event here in the same rooms at the top of Midtown.
CASSA HOTEL NEW YORK: One Major workshop is held here in the Boardroom. This particular workshop space will be for our Writing for Social Change Major Fiction Workshop, and will be capped at 15 people with one instructor.
::All four of our participating hotels offer a TWH discount for writers attending the 2017 conference.::
WRITERS WORKING WITH WRITERS
WRITERS WORKING WITH WRITERS
TIM SEIBLES (Major Poetry Workshop)
Tim Seibles is the Poet Laureate of Virginia. He is the author of several books of poems including Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, Buffalo Head Solos and most recently, Fast Animal, which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award. He has been a National Endowment for the Arts and Provincetown Fine Arts Word Center fellow, and received an Open Voice Award. In 2013 he received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for poetry. Anthology publications include Manthology, Black Nature, Seriously Funny, The Autumn House Anthology of American Poetry, So Much Things to Say, and Best American Poetry 2010. He has taught at Cave Canem, The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, University of Southern Maine, and presently teaches at Old Dominion University.
RICHARD BLANCO (Major Poetry Workshop)
Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in US history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban-exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of three poetry collections: Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires and two memoirs: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. His chapbook, Matters of the Sea, was read at the historic reopening of the US Embassy in Havana. Awards include the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize, the Beyond Margins Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Thom Gunn Award, and a Lambda Literary Award. In 2015, The Academy of American Poets named him its first Education Ambassador. He shares his time between Bethel, Maine and Concord, Massachusetts.
RICK MOODY (Fiction Genre Lab)
Rick Moody is the author of numerous novels, including Garden State, The Ice Storm, The Four Fingers of Death, The Diviners, Purple America and Hotels of North America. Right Livelihoods, a book of three novellas, was published in 2007. His collections of short fiction include The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven and Demonology. The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions was a winner of the NAMI/Ken Book Award and the PEN Martha Albrand prize for excellence in the memoir. His collection of essays, On Celestial Music, was published in 2012. Moody is the recipient of the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim fellowship.
ELYSSA EAST (Major Fiction Workshop: Writing for Social Change)
Elyssa East’s first book, Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, won the 2010 L. L. Winship/P.E.N. New England Award in Nonfiction. Dogtown was also a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards and an Editors’ Choice Selection of the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Elyssa has received fellowships from the Jerome, Ragdale, and Ludwig Vogelstein Foundations, Columbia University, the University of Connecticut, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Phillips Library and the Corporation of Yaddo. Her reviews, reportage, and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, The Kansas City Star, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Al Jazeera America and The Oxford American. Elyssa’s short fiction has been published in Cape Cod Noir and USA Noir: The Best of the Akashic Noir. She has taught Creative Writing at Columbia University, NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, Rhode Island School of Design, SUNY Purchase, and Cleveland State University. She’s thrilled to be returning to The Writer’s Hotel for her fourth year with this incredible program.
BETHANY BALL (Fiction Genre Lab)
Bethany Ball holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence and has recently been published in BOMB, The American Literary Review, Kveller and 2Paragraphs. Bethany served as a 2015 Teaching Assistant at The Writer's Hotel. Her debut novel is forthcoming in 2016 from Grove Atlantic. Bethany was born in Detroit and has lived in Santa Fe, New York, New Jersey, Miami and Israel and now splits her time between the East Village and the Hudson River Valley, with her family. Photo: Elena Seibert.
ROXANA ROBINSON (Major Fiction Workshop)
Roxana Robinson is the author of Sparta, four earlier novels including Cost, three story collections, and the biography, Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life. Four of these were New York Times Notable Books. Robinson’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, BASS, and elsewhere. She was named a Literary Lion by the NYPL, was a finalist for the NBCC Balakian Award, and has received fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Colony and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is the President of the Authors Guild.
TINA CHANG (Poetry Genre Lab)
Tina Chang was raised in New York City. She is the first female to be named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn and is the author of the collections of poetry, Of Gods & Strangers (2011) and Half-Lit Houses (2004). She is also the co-editor of the W.W. Norton anthology, Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (2008). She is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Van Lier Foundation among others. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and she is also a member of the international writing faculty at the City University of Hong Kong.
SHANNA MCNAIR (Major Fiction Workshop)
Shanna McNair is Founder and Director of The Writer’s Hotel and Founding Editor and Publisher of The New Guard literary review. She writes prose, poetry and scripts and is an award-winning journalist. She has written and directed plays, served as editor of magazines and newspapers and judged writing contests. She recently served as a 2015 RISCA Fiction Fellow Judge, and is an Interdisciplinary Study Adviser at Lesley University. She holds a Creative Writing Certificate from Oxford University, and will graduate Dartmouth College in 2017, where she is earning her second Creative Writing Master's. She has worked extensively in the visual and performing arts. She is at work on her novel, short stories, poems and a novella.
KEVIN LARIMER (Publishing Lecturer)
Kevin Larimer is the editor in chief of Poets & Writers, where he edits Poets & Writers Magazine, oversees the organization’s website, and directs Poets & Writers Live. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and received his MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was the poetry editor of the Iowa Review. He has served on a number of panels on publishing at events such as the Library of Congress National Book Festival, the Sozopol Fiction Seminars, the Slice Literary Writer's Conference, Poets Forum, The Writer’s Hotel, and the AWP Conference. His poems have appeared in Fence, Pleiades, Verse, and a dozen other literary magazines. He has written book reviews for American Letters & Commentary, American Book Review, Chelsea, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He lives in New York City.
CAREY SALERNO (Poetry Publishing Lecturer)
Carey Salerno is the executive editor of Alice James Books, author of Shelter (2009), and co-editor of Lit From Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books (2013). She teaches creative writing for the University of Maine at Farmington and currently serves as a literary curator for Pen + Brush. Salerno has taught or lectured on poetry and editing at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Butler University, Drew University, Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, Pine Manor College, The Writer’s Hotel, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance events, and The New School. You may find her poems–and articles and interviews regarding her other professional work–in print and online. Her website is www.careysalerno.com.
FRANCINE PROSE (Fiction Genre Lab)
“Francine Prose is a keen observer, and her fiction is full of wryly delivered truths and sardonic witticisms that come from paying close attention to the world.” —The Atlantic
Hailed by Larry McMurtry as “One of our finest writers,” Francine Prose is the author of numerous novels. Her most recent, Mister Monkey (2016), was praised by The New York Times Book Review as “so fresh and new it’s almost giddy, almost impudent with originality.” Her work also includes the novels Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; My New American Life; Goldengrove; A Changed Man; and Blue Angel. Prose’s nonfiction books include Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife; Reading Like A Writer, a New York Times bestseller; The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women & the Artists They Inspired; Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles; Sicilian Odyssey, a travel book; and Gluttony. Her stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Best American Short Stories, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Art News, The Yale Review, The New Republic, and numerous other publications.
MARK DOTY (Nonfiction Genre Lab)
Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane (April 2015), Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize in the UK. He is also the author of three memoirs: the New York Times-bestselling Dog Years, Firebird, and Heaven’s Coast, as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word. Doty has received two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Witter Byner Prize.
SCOTT WOLVEN (Major Fiction Workshop and Fiction Genre Lab)
Scott Wolven is a TWH & TNG Editor. He is the author of the short story collection, Controlled Burn. His short story, "Playboy," was recently featured in Playboy Magazine. The film, "Hepburn" by Tommy Davis, a work based on Scott's short story, "Hammerlock," was featured last Fall at The New York Film Festival on the Main Stage. Scott's stories have appeared seven years in a row in The Best American Mystery Stories Series, the most consecutive appearances in the history of the series. The title story of the collection appeared in Best American Noir of the Century.
SAÏD SAYRAFIEZADEH (Major Nonfiction Workshop)
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh is the author of Brief Encounters with the Enemy, which was shortlisted for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fiction Prize, and the critically acclaimed memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New York Times and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. He is the recipient of a 2010 Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction and a 2012 fiction fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Hunter College and New York University, where he received a 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award.
WESLEY MCNAIR (Poetry Genre Lab)
Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair has been called “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry” poet Philip Levine. McNair has won grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two NEA grants in creative writing, and an Emmy Award. The Library of Congress has invited him twice to read his poetry. The United States Artists Fellowship honored him as one of America's “finest living artists,” and in April of this year he received the PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry, given for his latest collection, The Lost Child. The author of ten volumes of poetry, McNair has published three volumes of nonfiction and several anthologies, and has served four times on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry.
ADEEBA AFSHAN RANA (Poetry)
Adeeba Afshan Rana is a poet and a librarian who writes and reads in Brooklyn, New York. She has been a featured performer with Body Politics at the University of Massachusetts, We Got Issues! at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, Boston Progress, and the louderARTS project in NYC. She sat on the Diversity Award Judging Committee for the Walter D. Myers Award in 2015. She is a Facilitator at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in Brooklyn, and the Artistic Director of Kalyani Literary Magazine. Adeeba recieved her MFA in Poetry from USM Stonecoast and her Master's in Library Science at Pratt Institute.
ERICA VEGA (Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction)
Erica Vega's writing has appeared in About Place Journal, Cabildo Quarterly, elginMUSE, and The New Guard, among other publications. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from USM Stonecoast. She has taught literature and composition for the past seven years and most recently at Elgin Community College in Illinois. She continues work on her novel.
TWH 2014-2016 FACULTY:
Stephen Dunn, Tim Seibles, Marie Howe, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Scott Wolven, Bill Roorbach, Richard Hoffman, Elyssa East, Shanna McNair, Barbara Hurd, Roger Bonair-Agard, Wesley McNair, Carey Salerno, Kevin Larimer, Bethany Ball, Elaine Trevorrow and Kathleen Aguero. Faculty Assistants: Erica Vega and Adeeba Afshan Rana.
THE NEW GUARD (OUR PUBLISHING ARM) & MORE
THE NEW GUARD (OUR PUBLISHING ARM) & MORE
TWH Director Shanna McNair on Exaclair's "The Writer's Project"
TWH on Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP): "A New Kind of Writing Program? The Writer’s Hotel Master Class"
TWH on The Portland Phoenix: "Checking in: The New Guard and The Writer's Hotel"
TWH on Literary Manhattan: "'Floating' writer’s campus prepares to take over New York City streets"
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Our sister website is www.newguardreview.com.
The New Guard literary review is the publishing arm of The Writer's Hotel. We run contests in Fiction and Poetry and publish emerging and established writers in our anthologies. TNG Volume V Contests are closed. Winners in both categories will be announced in late October. Each winner receives $1500/publication, plus a copy of TNG. We publish 40+ debut authors in each print-only anthology. Finalists are also published. Judges: Adam Braver and Roger Bonair-Agard. Past judges and contributors include Charles Simic, Joe Wenderoth, Donald Hall, Sharon Olds, Tim Seibles, Tess Gerritsen, Afaa Michael Weaver, Madeleine Blais and more. TNG also runs a monthly feature of emerging writer's short work online, called "BANG!" Writers may submit here. ::SUBMIT:: TNG holds a membership with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP).
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