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THE WRITER'S HOTEL NYC: June 7-13, 2017 

Applications are open for our 2018 conference, which will run June 6-12, 2018. 2018 Faculty includes Naomi Shihab Nye, Marie Howe, Jill BialoskyElizabeth Hand, Marion Winik, Elyssa East, Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair, with more faculty TBA. Please visit our application page to apply. 

THE WRITER'S HOTEL IS A SPECIAL HYBRID WRITERS CONFERENCE. The Writer’s Hotel “Mini MFA” is a hybrid writers conference. We work with writers of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. TWH Editors read and consult on each writer’s full length manuscript pre-conference, followed by a week-long conference in June, set at Midtown hotels. On site events include workshops and agent meetings—and each writer reads their own original work in NYC. 

TWH is a one-of-a-kind writers conference with a pre-conference manuscript reading and consult built into the programming. TWH Editors read each manuscript and give writers comments and edits before the NYC conference begins in June. The virtual feature begins immediately upon acceptance. Our greatest aim is to support our fellow writers, and we created TWH so that writers can get more from a writers conference than ever before. Working with writers virtually pre-conference helps bring manuscripts into focus before the NYC conference in June, and 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. From our virtual pre-reading process through to our on-site, week-long NYC writers conference, TWH takes writers and their writing to the next level. Via TWH, writers bring their work from desk to marketplace at the heart of the publishing industry. 

There are two general components to TWH: the pre-conference reading and the on-site conference in NYC. TWH joins the virtual mentor/mentee feature of the Low-Res Creative Writing MFA with an on-site conference experience in Manhattan. We perform a Team Reading of each attendee's full length manuscript and return the MS to the author with extensive comments, with a follow up phone call to address questions, consult about the work and discuss writing goals. Then, attendees meet in NYC with their polished manuscript ready to pitch to agents and editors. On site in NYC, writers and attend workshops, lectures and round tables, meet fellow writers, agents and editors, go on walking tours and attend literary events. And writers have the extraordinary opportunity to read their own original work at landmark NYC venues: KGB Bar & The Red Room at KGB Bar, Bowery Poetry and The Cornelia Street Café. 

TWH NYC takes place at a floating hotel campus between four hotels in Midtown: The Bryant Park Hotel, Library Hotel, The Algonquin Hotel and The Casablanca Hotel. Writers attend intense morning Major Workshops in their chosen genre. In the afternoon, we offer Genre Labs, walking tours and lectures. We also host an afternoon agent pitch session, where several NYC agents meet with writers one-on-one (for example, Foundry, Rob Weisbach Creative Management, Curtis, Brown, Folio Lit and many more). We also hold a TWH Community Open Mic Night at Bryant Park Hotel to celebrate diversity of voice among the attending writers and to foster our TWH writers community. The Open Mic also prepares writers for their readings in the city (at KGB, Bowery Poetry and Cornelia Street) and they get to hear their classmates and peers read. TWH attendees also have the opportunity to go on literary walking tours, hosted by NYPL docents and The Dorothy Parker Society, and they attend readings by faculty at Kinokuniya Bookstore and The Half King.

Article on The Writer's Hotel, "A New Kind of Writing Program? The Writer's Hotel Master Class" via The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)

New article about The Writer's Hotel by Lisa Markuson: "The Only Writers Conference I Ever Dreamed of Attending"


This conference was so totally different than anything else I have ever done in my decades writing voyage, and I have participated in many national and international ones. I will be living with my edited MS for weeks as a result of your careful reading. The actual workshop offered honest, useful and caring critique from mature writers. To me, that was a treasure. It gave me a community of people who were willing to sacrifice a great deal to achieve their goals-no overnight celebrity wannabes with enormous egos or self-important young writers just waiting for the world to recognize their genius. It was also the most challenging workshop process. You offered us more than enough activities to give writers, especially those not familiar with the NYC literary scene, a chance to experience the literary community on many levels. I only wish I had had the stamina to take advantage of it all and to support all my fellow writers in their readings. Your program was worth every cent of the tuition and more.
— Dahlma L-F.

Scott and Shanna put so much time and brainpower into the pre-conference reading and editing. Their comments were spot-on and helped me start on revisions. The questions were direct and piercing so I thought hard about my writing. They also helped me believe in myself as a writer. ...TWH was one of the best weeks of my life and I feel ready to go forth and conquer!!!
— Robin S. 
Scott Wolven is a brilliant teacher and a fantastic writer, but most of all, a great human being. He simultaneously pulls no punches with the hard conversations that each writer needs to have about his or her own work and inspires confidence to write the next project... I truly believe no writer can reach his or her full potential until they work with Scott Wolven.
— Jeff H.

pre-conference manuscript reading 

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 100K words) or it could be a shorter manuscript, of 30-50 pages. Works-in-progress are also acceptable for our program. 

The evening readings are so important to the experience of TWH. And I went to many of them, even the fiction and nonfiction readings. I love taking in New York via subway and walking, and I enjoy going to these wonderful venues. I ate dinner (and attended readings) at Cornelia Street twice. I ventured off to KGB for one full evening, and of course wouldn’t miss this place for the world. I also went to The Bowery Poetry Club twice... Also, I went to all the faculty readings, [two at Kinokuniya USA and one at The Half King] and they were excellent: wonderful material wonderfully read.
— Pete F.

I left [TWH] feeling inspired and excited. I always felt encouraged and supported, and I thought the critique I got from everyone was really on point and given with kindness and an authentic desire to help us grow as writers.”  “[My reading at KGB] is something that can never be taken from me - I read my work in New York - what an awesome opportunity!
— Lisa R.
Shanna opened or closed many of her emails with, “We are here for you”; and it’s true. Every email exuded encouragement. From manuscript feedback and follow-ups to the details of workshops and readings, The Writers Hotel never fell short on that promise. ...The feedback was solid, both in big-picture and at sentence-level. ...TWH gives writers just the right balance of kindness and criticism that writers serious about their convocation need.
— Jenny G.

On site workshops at our NYC hotel campus

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.

This year, we are hosting eight 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. We cap each Major Workshop at 13 students. We recommend that 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 of their manuscript (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 are ideally read and critiqued by the Major Workshop leader and by peers in workshop. If a prose writer wants to submit a different 5000 pages, or a poet wishes to submit a different 15 pages, that's fine. Each writer can choose. The only hard and fast rule is that writers submit in the genre of their Major 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

                                                                                    THE CASABLANCA HOTEL (LIBRARY HOTEL COLLECTION)

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 13 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 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.

THE CASABLANCA HOTEL: One Major workshop is held here in the Boardroom. 

::Please inquire about TWH lodging discounts for writers attending the 2018 conference.::

A whirlwind of workshops, lectures, readings, craft lessons, fellow writers, and amazing faculty. A ton of invaluable info packed into one week. The faculty especially were wonderful—so knowledgeable and thoughtful about their craft.
— Sandra H.







::TWH 2018 Faculty will include Naomi Shihab Nye, Marie Howe, Jill BialoskyElizabeth Hand, Marion Winik, Elyssa East,

Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair.::

TIM SEIBLES (Major Poetry Workshop)

Tim Seibles is the Poet Laureate of Virginia. He is the author of several books of poems including Hurdy-GurdyHammerlock, 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 ManthologyBlack NatureSeriously FunnyThe Autumn House Anthology of American PoetrySo Much Things to Say, and Best American Poetry 2010He has taught at Cave Canem, The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, University of Southern Maine, and presently teaches at Old Dominion University. 

RICK MOODY (Major Fiction Workshop and Fiction Genre Lab) 

Rick Moody is the author of numerous novels, including Garden StateThe Ice Storm, The Four Fingers of DeathThe DivinersPurple America and Hotels of North AmericaRight Livelihoods, a book of three novellas, was published in 2007. His collections of short fiction include The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven and DemonologyThe 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.

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.

ELYSSA EAST (Major Workshop: "Fiction & Nonfiction with Research and/or Social Element Focuses") 

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 TimesThe San Francisco ChronicleThe Boston GlobeThe Dallas Morning NewsThe Kansas City StarThe Philadelphia InquirerAl 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.  

Timothy Dyke.

TIMOTHY DYKE (Mixed Genre Lab: All three genres)

Timothy Dyke lives with parrots in Honolulu, Hawaii. He teaches high school students and writes poems, essays and stories.  In 2012, he earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. His chapbook, Awkward Hugger, was published by Tinfish Press in 2015. Tinfish just released his newest collection of linked prose poems, Atoms of Muses, in March. He just completed a collection of stories, Adventures in Trumpville and Other Stories, and is currently working in multiple genres. Timothy is also a TWH TA this year. His Genre Lab is called "A Poet's Prose: Writing Between the Genres."

Erin Harris.


ERIN HARRIS (Agent Talk) 

Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who champions the careers of both debut and established authors, bringing a strong editorial eye and hands-on approach to her agenting practice. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and is a co-curator of the Brooklyn-based literary event series H.I.P. Lit. At Folio, Erin represents literary and upmarket fiction, narrative non-fiction, and YA.  Her tastes are eclectic, but she tends to gravitate toward the ambitious, the bold, the socially relevant, and the full of heart.

Some of her authors include Literary & Upmarket Fiction: New York Times Editor’s Choice novelist Daniel Levine; Indie Next Pick author Erica Ferencik; Rona Jaffe Award Winner Natalie Haney-Tilghman; and recipient of the John Simmons Iowa Short Fiction Prize Allegra Hyde/ Narrative Non-Fiction: Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist Carla Power; and Top 25 World Thinkers of 2015 Linda Scott/  YA: VCFA graduate Katie Bayerl; MacDowell Colony Fellow Kit Frick; BEA Buzz Panel author Marie Marquardt; and Emiko Jean.

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 MFA in A Day 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 FencePleiadesVerse, and a dozen other literary magazines. He has written book reviews for American Letters & Commentary, American Book ReviewChelsea, 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.

Steven Salpeter.

STEVEN SALPETER (Agent Pitching Lecture)

Steven Salpeter is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He began his publishing career at Writers House and Brandt & Hochman before moving to Curtis Brown to help Timothy Knowlton manage many of the agency’s venerable estate clients, including W.H. Auden, John Knowles, Alfred Lansing, and Ayn Rand, among other bestsellers and literary award winners. He is now actively building his list, seeking literary fiction, fantasy, graphic novels for all ages, historical fiction, thrillers, young adult, and authors who choose to blend elements of these genres. In nonfiction, Steven is seeking narrative nonfiction, gift books, history, humor, and popular science. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

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 YearsFirebird, 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.

SCOTT WOLVEN  (Major Fiction Workshop and Fiction Genre Lab) 

Scott Wolven is a TWH & TNG Consulting Editor. He is the author of the short story collection, Controlled Burn. "The Copper Kings" is included in the prestigious new collection, 20 + 1 , an anthology of 21 new short stories "by emblematic American authors," to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Terres d'Amerique" published by Albin Michel and edited by Francis Geffard. 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 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 YorkerThe Paris ReviewGrantaMcSweeney’sThe 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.

Jeff Hill.

JEFF HILL (Fiction Genre Lab)

Jeff Hill is currently pitching two novels to agents while teaching high school English at Lincoln Northeast High School. He has also taught various creative writing modules in the Arts and Humanities FOCUS Program and Lincoln Southwest High School. He is a past participant of the Sarah Lawrence College Summer Seminar for Writers and served as a TWH Teaching Assistant in 2016. Jeff is also the Chief Creative Officer of ComicBooked.com. He calls Nebraska and New York home and has dozens of publications to his name. Jeff is attending TWH this year and will also be leading a Fiction Genre Lab, "Writer's Block" (with Scott Wolven.

faculty assistants

Adeeba Rana

Faculty Assistant

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) 
Faculty Assistant

Erica Vega

Erica Vega's writing has appeared in About Place JournalCabildo 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. 

PAST FACULTY INCLUDES Roxana Robinson, Stephen Dunn, Richard Blanco, Tim Seibles, Marie Howe, Tina Chang, Mark Doty, Rick Moody, Francine Prose, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Scott Wolven, Bill Roorbach, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Richard Hoffman, Elyssa East, Shanna McNair, Barbara Hurd, Roger Bonair-Agard, Wesley McNair, Carey Salerno, Kevin Larimer, Bethany Ball, Elaine Trevorrow and Kathleen Aguero.

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TWH, THe new Guard and MFA IN A DAY

Our sister websites are www.newguardreview.com and www.MFAINADAY.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 VI Contests are open. Deadline is August 30. 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: Mark Doty (Poetry) and Chris Abani (Fiction). Past judges and contributors include Charles Simic, Joe Wenderoth, Donald Hall, Adam Braver, Roger Bonair-Agard, 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). 

MFA IN A DAY is a new lecture series curated by The Writer's Hotel. MFA IN A DAY will be held at Convene in Midtown on September 31st, with an optional manuscript reading/meeting on October 1st at The Algonquin Hotel. ::Please note: MFA IN A DAY is not a degree program.::


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