THE WRITERS CONFERENCE YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR.
THE WRITERS CONFERENCE YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR.
THE WRITER'S HOTEL MASTER CLASS IN FICTION, NONFICTION & POETRY 2016, June 1-7: NYC
The Writer's Hotel is the writers conference you've been looking for. TWH has earned its moniker, the "Mini MFA," because we work with you on your writing from the moment of acceptance, even before the week-long writing conference in NYC. Our TWH Master Class is a conference with important components of low residency mentorship built in. We focus together with each writer to edit a target manuscript, with an eye to craft. Each writer works with TWH Editors for months before the conference, and our program finishes up a few weeks afterwards. The Master Class is ideal for those who have never attended graduate school for writing, and our program is also ideal for those who have. TWH is a writing program for writers in any stage of career.
We are writers ourselves, and strove to create new kind of program--an alternative to the conference or the MFA that is affordable, better, leaner. A program that gives the writer personal attention, while fostering a more practical approach to the publishing industry. Before you arrive in NYC for the conference on site, TWH Editors read each target manuscript twice. TWH Editors also work to connect writers with publishing opportunities.
Via TWH, you'll take writing from your desk to the publishing marketplace, right in the heart of New York City. You'll get to read your work at a well-known NYC venue, like KGB Bar Lit or The Bowery. You'll get to meet with agents and editors. You'll participate in four intense writing workshops, attend lectures and literary events, and go on literary walking tours. You'll take your writing to the next level.
:: Apply today for TWH 2016 NYC, June 1-7! TWH 2016 workshop leaders are Tim Seibles and Roger Bonair-Agard, Poetry; Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair, Fiction; Paige Williams, Nonfiction. 2016 Lecturers include Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of Poets & Writers, Carey Salerno of Alice James Books and Elyssa East. SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED. We strongly encourage early application to secure a spot. We expect to fill up way before deadline.::
Our NYC writing workshops focus on writing craft. Workshops are held in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry. Each workshop is three hours long, and each workshop runs for four sessions total. We keep our classes small, with a cap at 12 writers per instructor. TWH writing workshops and lectures and events take place at a floating campus in Midtown between The Algonquin, Library Hotel and The Bryant Park Hotel. Each writer reads peer work in anticipation for workshop, making comments for review in class. Many writers find the workshops to be the centerpiece of our on-site schedule, and form lasting friendships. Writers benefit from a vibrant community of writing peers and faculty, including readings in the city, intensive craft workshops, meetings with agents and literary events.
NYC literary history is brought to life by walking tours led by New York Public Library docents and the Dorothy Parker Society. We also host a spectacular game of Wink, Murder at The Algonquin. And on our weekend reading nights, each writer has the extraordinary opportunity to read their own original work in the city at well-known venues: KGB Bar Lit's Red Room, Book Culture, Ear INN and The Bowery. Faculty reads at The Half King and Kinokuniya.
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 12 people with one instructor.
THE BRYANT PARK HOTEL: Three intensive morning craft workshops are held here in The Loft and The Terrace Loft. The two 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.
WRITERS WORKING WITH WRITERS.
WRITERS WORKING WITH WRITERS.
:: We are presently accepting applications for TWH 2016 NYC, June 1-7. TWH 2016 workshop leaders are Tim Seibles and Roger Bonair-Agard, Poetry; Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair, Fiction; Paige Williams, Nonfiction. 2016 Lecturers include Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of of Poets & Writers, Carey Salerno of Alice James Books and Elyssa East. Please click on our application tab for more details.::
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.
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.
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.
PAIGE WILLIAMS (Nonfiction Workshop)
Paige Williams is a staff writer at The New Yorker and an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. A National Magazine Award winner, her stories have been anthologized in five volumes of the Best American series, including The Best American Magazine Writing and The Best American Crime Writing. Her work has appeared in such publications as Smithsonian, GQ, The New York Times and the Washington Post, and she has taught at Harvard, M.I.T., NYU, the University of Pittsburgh, Emory, and the University of Mississippi. She was Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Nevada and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. Her narrative nonfiction book, The Dinosaur Artist, is forthcoming. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and is a 2015 Fellow at the MacDowell Colony.
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
SCOTT WOLVEN (Fiction Workshop)
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 is an award-winning journalist. She has served as editor of magazines and newspapers, judged writing contests, and written and directed plays. Most recently, she was a 2015 RISCA Fiction Fellow Judge. She writes fiction, poetry, scripts and articles and has a novel and a collection of short stories forthcoming. She is presently working on a new novel. She holds a Creative Writing Certificate from Exeter at Oxford University and presently attends Dartmouth College, where she is earning her second Creative Writing masters. She also has a BFA in Art and has worked extensively in the visual and performing arts.
ELYSSA EAST (Fiction Lecturer)
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.
SUPPORTING WRITERS IN PRACTICE AND IN PRINT.
SUPPORTING WRITERS IN PRACTICE AND IN PRINT.
Here at The Writer's Hotel, we work diligently to support writers every day. We help writers find the tools to better edit their own work. The Writer's Hotel is the teaching and editorial arm of The New Guard literary review. We stand up and put on the gloves for those good stories, essays and poems. We publish, connect writers, edit, coach, and generally do all we can to help our fellow writers in practice and in print.
TWH Editors are Shanna McNair, Founder and Director of TWH and TNG and Scott Wolven, Consulting Director. Both TWH Editors review each writer's target manuscript twice during the pre-conference period. Writers are given extensive line edits and detailed comments pre-conference, along with conference calls and agent referrals. Fiction and Creative Nonfiction students can expect a study of everything on the page, including 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. Email communication is unlimited, phone communication is as needed.
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 during pre-conference service, but with unlimited page count. Private Study is a comprehensive service, and follows the low residency MFA model of online mentor/student communication. Private Study is offered as a year-long service only.
SUPPORTING WRITERS IN ALL THREE GENRES.
SUPPORTING WRITERS IN ALL THREE GENRES.
Each year, The Writer's Hotel awards three stipends of $500 to writers in each genre. Faculty familiar with manuscripts vote, and final votes are cast in a closed committee process. Teaching Assistants are not eligible, but 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. We are proud to give these stipends to writers each year in a combination of generous donations and TWH sponsorship, in the spirit of good literary citizenship. We celebrate each of our writers and support three writers with an extra distinction. 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. ::These stipends are made possible by donations to The Writer's Hotel, and are tax deductible. Please click on the donation button below to donate to the stipends.::
Erin Adair-Hodges earned a fellowship and MFA from the University of Arizona and then quit poetry. After having a son, she began writing again and in 2014 received the Lorraine Williams Poetry Prize from The Georgia Review. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, The Pinch, Radar, and Superstition Review. She teaches at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, NM, where she lives with her family.
Lisa Shatto Glasgow is a writer and editor. Her current novel-in-progress, The Book of Magnificent Things, is a YA coming-of-age story set between two worlds. An excerpt won the 2015 Writers League of Texas YA Manuscript Contest and was one of three finalists in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. Lisa earned an MA in Comparative Literature from The University of Texas at Arlington. She has taught writing at Richland and Eastfield colleges and edits for Modern Muse. Lisa lives with her husband and daughter in Dallas, Texas.
Melissa Wiley lives Chicago, where she writes about plays, food, books, and nonprofits. Her narrative nonfiction has appeared in literary magazines including [PANK], Prick of the Spindle, Tin House Open Bar, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Superstition Review, Poydras Review, Gravel, Eclectica Magazine, Gone Lawn, Split Lip Magazine, Menacing Hedge, Beetroot Journal, Specter, Lowestoft Chronicle, Midway Journal, Pithead Chapel, Great Lakes Review, and pioneertownlit.com. She also serves as assistant editor for Sundog Lit.
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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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Interested in helping our cause? Our Sara Patton stipends are a great way to help emerging authors, and donation dollars fund them. Every dollar counts to help support writers! Donations may be mailed to our postal address, payable to The New Guard or The Writer's Hotel, or you can donate via the PayPal donation button below. Each donor will be thanked in The New Guard on our acknowledgement page unless otherwise specified. We work hard every day to serve our fellow writers, in practice and in print. Thank you so very much for your support! Donations are tax deductible.