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.
THE WRITER'S HOTEL IS A HYBRID WRITERS CONFERENCE that meets each June in NYC. Our conference is held at a hotel campus between three hotels in Midtown: The Bryant Park Hotel, Library Hotel and The Algonquin Hotel. The Writer's Hotel is not just another writers conference. The environment we foster is much like that of a Creative Writing MFA community. We work with each writer on a target manuscript from the moment of acceptance, for months before the Midtown conference. We offer the rare opportunity to polish manuscripts with professional editors before meeting with instructors, writers, agents, industry professionals and editors on site. 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. Writers tend to come ready to bring their work to market at the heart of the publishing industry in New York City. There is no other writers conference quite like The Writer's Hotel.
We are writers ourselves, and strove to create new kind of program--an alternative to the conference or the Creative Writing MFA that is affordable, better, leaner. At TWH, each writer receives personal attention and is given practical approaches to navigating the publishing industry. Before arrival in NYC for the conference on site, our team reads each target manuscript. We also work to connect writers with publishing opportunities.
Via TWH, you'll take your writing from your desk to the publishing marketplace, right in the heart of New York City. You'll participate in several intensive writing workshops and attend lectures and pitch meetings held in inspiring locations, like the penthouse lofts of The Bryant Park Hotel and Library Hotel. On our weekend reading nights, you'll have the extraordinary opportunity to read your own original work in the city at a well-known venue--at KGB Bar Lit, The Bowery or The Cornelia Street Café. You'll go to daily events, including a gala game of "Wink, Murder" at The Algonquin in the famous Round Room and literary walking tours, hosted by NYPL docents and The Dorothy Parker Society. You'll have a lot of fun, work hard, and you'll take your writing to the next level.
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 had nine Teaching Assistants in 2016. Please visit our TA tab for the full list.
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.
THE ALGONQUIN LIBRARY HOTEL THE BRYANT PARK HOTEL
THE ALGONQUIN: We host a game of Wink, Murder here on our second night of the conference in the famous Round Table Room, where the so-called "Vicious Circle" met to have their daily meetings. Our event is sponsored by New York Distilling Company, and we serve their fabulous Dorothy Parker Gin, along with Algonquin passed appetizers.
LIBRARY HOTEL: We hold three of our intensive morning craft 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 13 people with one instructor.
THE BRYANT PARK HOTEL: Three intensive morning craft workshops are held here in The Loft, The Terrace Loft and The Boardroom. 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 13 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.
WRITERS WORKING WITH WRITERS
WRITERS WORKING WITH WRITERS
TIM SEIBLES (Poetry Workshop)
Tim Seibles 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.
ROGER BONAIR-AGARD (Poetry Workshop)
Born in Trinidad, Roger Bonair-Agard is a poet and writer and national slam champion. An author of several books of poems, his most recent, Bury My Clothes, was a 2013 National Book Award Finalist. He is co-founder the louderARTS Project, where he serves as Artistic Director. He has taught at Fordham University and New School, among others. Over the past decade he has worked with the youth at Urban Word in New York City, at Volume in Ann Arbor and with poetry youth organizations in Seattle, San Francisco, and New York. He presently teaches poetry at the Cook Country Temporary Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago.
MARIE HOWE (Poetry Genre Lab)
Marie Howe is the author of three volumes of poetry, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time; The Good Thief; and What the Living Do, and she is the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. She has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, and Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. In 2015, she received the Academy of American Poets Poetry Fellowship which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. From 2012-2014, she served as the Poet Laureate of New York State.
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.
ELAINE TREVORROW (Publishing Lecturer)
Elaine Trevorrow is a Speakers Representative at Blue Flower Arts, where she is fortunate enough to bring renowned poets and writers from the agency’s singular roster together with esteemed venues and universities both in the United States and internationally. She has previously held positions at Penguin Random House at the Riverhead, Knopf, and Viking/Penguin imprints, and Google. She holds a BA in English from Skidmore College.
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.
DOLEN PERKINS-VALDEZ (Fiction Workshop)
Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel, Wench. O, The Oprah Magazine chose it as a Top Ten Pick of the Month, and NPR named it a Top 5 Book Club Pick. Dolen's fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Story Quarterly and elsewhere. Honors include the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the Robert Olen Butler Prize for Short Fiction. She was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Fiction. Her forthcoming novel, Balm, received the DC Commission on the Arts Grant. Dolen teaches at the Stonecoast MFA program in Maine. A graduate of Harvard and a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA, she lives in Washington, DC with her family.
MEGHAN DAUM (Nonfiction Workshop)
Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center Award for Creative Nonfiction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller, Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers On The Decision Not To Have Kids. The recipient of fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts, Meghan has been a columnist for The Los Angeles Times for over a decade and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Vogue, among other publications. She is a member of the adjunct faculty in the Graduate Writing Division of Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Photo: David Zaugh
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.
CAREY SALERNO (Poetry Publishing Lecturer)
Carey Salerno is the executive editor of Alice James Books. Her first book is Shelter (2009), and, along with Anne Marie Macari, she is the editor of the anthology Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books (2013). You may find her poems in journals in print and online. Her site is www.careysalerno.com
BETHANY BALL (Fiction Lecturer)
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.
SCOTT WOLVEN (Fiction Workshop and Fiction Genre Lab)
Scott Wolven is a TWH & TNG Editor. He is the author of the short story collection, Controlled Burn. Most recently, his short story, "Playboy," was featured in the September, 2015 edition of 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.
SHANNA MCNAIR (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 presently attends Dartmouth College, where she is earning her second Creative Writing Master's. She also earned double major BFA in Creative Writing and Art and has worked extensively in the visual and performing arts. She is at work on a new novel and novella.
BILL ROORBACH (Fiction Genre Lab)
Bill's newest novels are The Remedy for Love and the bestselling Life Among Giants, which is in development at HBO for a multi-year drama series. He won the Flannery O'Connor and O. Henry prizes for his short story collection, Big Bend, the Maine Prize for Nonfiction for Temple Stream. Other nonfiction books include Into Woods: Essays, Summers With Juliet. His famous craft book, Writing Life Stories: Making Memories into Memoir, Ideas into Essays, and Life into Literature, is used in writing programs around the world. His short work, both fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in such publications as Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, Granta and New York. Bill taught at the University of Maine at Farmington, Colby College, and Ohio State before taking his last academic position, the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross. Bill lives in Maine with his family.
ELYSSA EAST (Nonfiction Genre Lab)
Elyssa East's first book, Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, won the PEN New England Award in Nonfiction. Dogtown was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards and an Editors’ Choice Selection of The New York Times Sunday Book Review. Her articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Boston Globe, and her short fiction was placed in Cape Cod Noir and in The Best of the Akashic Noir. She is currently at work on a novel.
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.
SUPPORTING WRITERS IN PRACTICE AND IN PRINT
SUPPORTING WRITERS IN PRACTICE AND IN PRINT
TWH Editors are Shanna McNair, Founder and Director of TWH and TNG and Scott Wolven, Consulting Director. Here at The Writer's Hotel, we work diligently to support writers every day. We're proud of what we offer. We help writers find the tools to better edit their own work. We connect writers to agents and editors, edit, coach and generally do all we can to help our fellow writers in practice and in print.
"Shanna McNair has an eagle-eye and a deep understanding of the intricacies of the writing process. As editor of The New Guard, she helped me bring my memoir/essay on Saul Bellow into focus and being. Thank you Shanna!" --Fred Marchant, poet, scholar and author of The Looking House and Tipping Point.
Scott Wolven is a TNG Editor and he is also an Editor at The Writer’s Hotel. He is the author of the short story collection, Controlled Burn. His 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.
Praise for Scott Wolven's writing: "Wolven has turned raw, unreconciled life into startling, evocative, and very good short stories. He draws on a New England different from Updike’s and even Dubus’, but his fictive lives--no less than theirs--render the world newly, and full of important consequence." --Richard Ford, author of Independence Day and Canada.
TWH Editors also work with a limited amount of writers each year in a component separate from the Master Class in NYC. This component is called "Private Study." Shanna and Scott work intensively with writers on craft, much the same way as they do during the pre-conference editing service. But there are two important distinctions: Writers can submit unlimited pages, and the service is entirely virtual. We work to connect authors with agents and editors via Private Study, just like we do for our conference participants. Private Study is a great option for those who wish to work from home. We offer this service by the year only, with a month off for our NYC conference, as we get busy from mid-May to mid-June. We have limited spots to offer for Private Study. Please email us for more information at email@example.com.
TWH STIPENDS: SUPPORTING WRITERS IN ALL THREE GENRES
TWH STIPENDS: SUPPORTING WRITERS IN ALL THREE GENRES
Each year, The Writer's Hotel awards three stipends of $500 to writers in the genres of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. We celebrate each of our writers and are pleased to be able to support three writers with this extra distinction. Faculty familiar with manuscripts vote, and final votes are cast in a closed committee process. Teaching Assistants and writers working with us in Private Study are not eligible, and recipients cannot win more than once. All other writers in attendance are automatically entered in the running. There is no application process and we only award these stipends on site, to TWH attending writers. The stipends' namesake, the late great Sara Patton was a TWH attendee and a wonderful writer. We offer these stipends in her name to honor her own brave work as a writer, and to honor her love of writers and writing. We were also inspired by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Scholarships, which are given in the same amount and to writers in the same genres via AWP''s Writers Conferences & Centers (WC&C) group. Because we maintain this membership with WC&C, any writer attending TWH is eligible to enter the WC&C Scholarship Competition as well. We are proud to give these stipends to writers each year via our own sponsorship, in conjunction with donor dollars, where available. Please consider donating below.
This year's fiction stipend was entirely funded by the family of Sara Patton. Thank you so much for your support. On behalf of Sara's relatives in the Parrow family, who generously donated this year to the fiction stipend, we'd like to share their heartfelt sentiment: "We want the recipients to know we support what you do and how you do it. We have a huge respect for you and your courage to open up your thoughts for the world to read and experience. Thank you and congratulations go out to you. Never stop your dreams and always continue with your writing."
Congratulations to The Writer's Hotel 2016 Sara Patton Stipend recipients!
Jillian Brenner is a recent graduate from the University of Arkansas, where she tripled-majored in Creative Writing, International Relations, and European Studies. Her present work in progress is a collection of nine short stories with features of both magical realism and science fiction. Each story creates a unique world, featuring elements such as clones, shops of memories, and love as a limited resource. Jillian has several novels and children’s books planned. She currently lives and works in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she spends most of her time writing.
Deborah ”D.E.E.P.” Mouton is an internationally known poet/vocalist/songwriter. She published her first poetry anthology, Heartstrings and Lamentations, at the age of 19. She is a seven-time National Poetry Slam Competitor and the Head Coach of the Houston VIP National Poetry Slam Team. She has traveled across the continent writing, performing, and leading workshops. The Women of the World Poetry Slam (Poetry Slam Inc.) ranked her the #2 performer in 2008. She was a selected Juried Poet at the Houston Poetry Festival (2012), a finalist in the Southern Fried Poetry Slam (2013) and a finalist in the Individual World Poetry Slam (2015). Her work can be found on Button Poetry, Blavity, Upworthy, in the 2012 Houston Poetry Fest Anthology, Wicked Banshee Press and Alight and on YouTube performing at various slams, as she appears here at Bayou City Slam 2014.
Mai Lauren Hoang is a writer living in New York, where she has worked at magazines such as Ms., Glamour and World Press Review. A former reporter, her articles have appeared in news outlets such as The Washington Post.
Born in Vietnam and raised in California, she has recently completed a family memoir.
Photo credit: John DeVore.
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"
*The Writer's Hotel holds a membership with the WC&C
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).
Every dollar counts to help support writers! We care about our TWH attendees, and donation dollars help to offset costs related to Sara Patton Stipends, Teaching Assistants and Faculty Assistants. We also care about the writers of The New Guard, and donations are very welcome to support our publication as well. Donations may be mailed to our postal address, payable to The Writer's Hotel, or you can donate via the PayPal donation button below. Thank you so very much for your support! Donations are tax deductible.