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THE WRITER'S HOTEL NYC: June 6-12, 2018 


The Writer’s Hotel “Mini MFA” is a one-of-a-kind conference. TWH Editors read and consult on each writer’s full length manuscript pre-conference, followed by a week-long conference in June. TWH NYC events are set at Midtown hotels: The Library Hotel, The Bryant Park Hotel, The Algonquin Hotel, The Roger Smith Hotel and The Casablanca Hotel. On site events include workshops, lectures and agent pitch sessions. And each writer reads their own original work at a landmark NYC venue: KGB Bar, The Red Room at KGB Bar, Bowery Poetry or The Cornelia Street Café. From our virtual pre-reading process through to our 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. We work with writers of fiction, poetry and nonfiction.

A little more about the process: TWH Editors read each manuscript and give writers comments and edits before the NYC conference begins in June. Each writer receives two sets of comments--two editors read each manuscript. This virtual feature begins immediately upon acceptance. 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, so that attendees can bring a polished, newly-considered manuscript to the conference to pitch to agents and editors. 

Writers tend to arrive at the conference feeling an artistic momentum. On site in NYC, writers and attend workshops, lectures and Genre Labs, led by some of the industry's best publishers, agents and writers, including: Sapphire, Naomi Shihab Nye, Marie Howe, Taylor Mali, Cornelius Eady, Meghan Daum, Elizabeth Hand, Rob Spillman, Marion Winik, Kimiko Hahn, Tim Seibles, Dinaw Mengestu, Jill Bialosky, Elyssa East, Carey Salerno, Erin Harris, Melissa Faliveno, Dana Isokawa, Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair. Our NYC agents meet with writers one-on-one on during our agent pitching sessions (for example, Foundry, Rob Weisbach Creative Management, Curtis, Brown, Folio Lit and many more). We hold a TWH Community Open Mic Night to celebrate diversity of voice among the attending writers and to foster our TWH writers community. And TWH attendees also have the opportunity to go on literary walking tours, hosted by NYPL docents and The Dorothy Parker Society. Faculty readings are held at Kinokuniya Bookstore and The Half King. Writers also enjoy the community of their fellow writers, get to talk with agents and editors, go on walking tours, attend literary events, and read in the city. It's an extraordinary opportunity. 

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)

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.

Our 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. 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 we often can make an exception so that a writer 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: 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. 

ROGER SMITH HOTEL: Four intensive Major Workshops are held here in The Starlight Loft, The Solarium, The Penthouse and The Winthrop. These inspiring rooms are on the top floor or on the second floor of the hotel. We also hold all of our writing lectures and Genre Labs here, along with our agent speed dating event and our Prose Publication Lecture. Our TWH Community Open Mic Night is held at The Roger Smith Hotel's art-inspired bar, Lily's Bar.  

THE ALGONQUIN: One Major Workshop is held here in the Library Boardroom. We also have an informal meet-and-greet in the Round Table Room, where the so-called "Vicious Circle" convened. 

THE BRYANT PARK HOTEL: We host our Poetry Publication Lecture afternoon at this hotel in their Screening Room. 

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

::All participating 2018 hotels offer a lodging discount for attendees.::

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.

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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 publish 30+ debut authors in each print-only anthology, alongside many established writers. TNG is a contest-centered literary review. We run contests in Fiction and Poetry, and we also include a themed letters section in each volume. Each contest winner receives $1500/publication, plus two copies of TNG. Finalists are also published. Past judges and contributors include Chris Abani, Mark Doty, Charles Simic, Joe Wenderoth, Donald Hall, Adam Braver, Roger Bonair-Agard, Sharon Olds, Tim Seibles, Rick Bass, Tess Gerritsen, Afaa Michael Weaver, Maxine Kumin, Sven Birkets, Madeleine Blais and more. TNG Volume 2 included a previously unpublished Ralph Ellison short story, "A Storm of Blizzard Proportions," along with Photostats and an interview with John Callahan, Ellison's literary executor. 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 Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). 

MFA IN A DAY is a new lecture series curated by The Writer's Hotel. ::Please note: MFA IN A DAY is not a degree program.::


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