Writers choose a major workshop genre, in fiction, nonfiction or poetry. Each accepted writer attends a total of four morning craft workshops in their chosen genre. Each of these workshops lasts three hours. Workshops are capped at 13 people. Workshops are held from 8:30 AM-11:30 AM, with a 15 minute break.
Each fiction or nonfiction workshop participant submits 5000 words of writing before the conference, and each poetry workshop participant submits fifteen pages of poetry. The pages are studied by both the workshop instructor and workshop peers. Each participant receives commentary from both instructor and workshop peers, and each participant is expected to read a packet of workshop pages and give commentary. Workshop packets are emailed to each participant by mid-May, so that writers have the time to go over the pages and make comments well before the conference. Workshops are intensive and craft-centered. Each writer makes comments on the work, generally a separate page of comments, single-spaced, and enters line edits in the text.
We also host smaller workshops, what we call "Genre Labs" on site. Space is limited for each Genre Lab, and writers may not participate in Genre Labs they are not signed up for. 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 take a different genre. For example: a writer attending a Major Poetry Workshop can elect to take a Genre Lab in nonfiction, provided there is space. We ask that poets choose one or the other Genre Labs in poetry and that fiction writers choose one or two Genre Labs. There are several Genre Labs in each genre.
Teaching assistants and Faculty assistants
TWH Teaching Assistants (TAs) or Faculty Assistants will assist instructors. Faculty Assistants generally help to coordinate events.
2017 Teaching Assistants were Scott Branks del Llano, Timothy Dyke, Pete Follansbee, Jenny Grosvenor, V. Hansmann, Parks Kugle and Mark Wagstaff.
2017 Faculty Assistants were Erica Vega (Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry) , Adeeba Rana (Poetry).
The Library Hotel Poetry Garden, Writer's Den and Executive Boardroom, where three of the 2017 morning workshops were held.
The Bryant Park Hotel Loft and Terrace Loft, where three of our morning workshops were held in 2017, along with our afternoon lectures and Genre Labs and our private TWH Community Open Mic Night. The third picture is of the Screening Room, where we gave Saturday lectures. The final picture is of the hotel lobby.
The Algonquin Hotel Library Room, where one of our Major Workshops was held in 2017. Second photo is of the Oak Room, where we held Saturday lectures. The last two pictures are of the Round Room and the hotel lobby, where we had our TWH informal meet-and-greet.
The Casablanca Hotel, where one of our Major Workshops was held in 2017. Images are of the exterior, the Boardroom and the Lobby.