The Writer’s Hotel writers conference

NYC June 7-13, 2017

::This document and schedule is subject to small changes.::

::All attendees will receive a hard copy of the final schedule with application materials in NYC.::


Major Workshops/Instructors:

Major Workshop Instructors meet with their class for four mornings during the conference and also participate in faculty readings and/or lectures. Room assignments will be announced once the roster is finalized. 

Schedule for all Major Workshop Instructors: June 8-9 (Thursday and Friday) and June 11-12 (Sunday and Monday) 8:30 AM-11:30 AM. Writer attendance is mandatory. ::There are no Major Workshops on Saturday.::

Elyssa East, Major Workshop Leader (Mixed workshop: Nonfiction & Fiction with Research and/or Social Element Focuses)/ Fiction & Nonfiction Faculty / Genre Lab Leader (Hotel meeting room space TBA). 

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Major Workshop Leader/ Nonfiction Faculty (Hotel meeting room space TBA). 

Rick Moody, Major Workshop Leader/ Fiction Faculty/ Genre Lab Leader (Hotel meeting room space TBA). 

Roxana Robinson, Major Workshop Leader/ Fiction Faculty (Hotel meeting room space TBA). 

Tim Seibles, Major Workshop Leader/ Poetry Faculty (Hotel meeting room space TBA). 

Richard Blanco, Major Workshop Leader/ Poetry Faculty (Hotel meeting room space TBA). 

Shanna McNair, TWH Founder & Director/ Major Workshop Leader/ Fiction Faculty/ Lecturer (Hotel meeting room space TBA). 

Scott Wolven, TWH Consulting Director/ Major Workshop Leader/ Fiction Faculty/ Genre Lab Leader/Lecturer (Hotel meeting room space TBA). 

 

TWH Genre Labs/Leaders:

Genre Lab Leaders meet once with their class during the afternoon. Attendance is optional and planned pre-conference. Space is limited in each Genre Lab. Genre Lab selection is generally based on Major Workshop genre, with some exceptions per special request.  

Wesley McNair, Poetry: “Line, Image and Action in Free Verse.” Thursday, June 8: 2:00-4:30 pm. Cassa Hotel New York Boardroom.

Francine Prose, Fiction: "Reading Like A Writer."  Thursday, June 8: 2:30-4:30 pm. Space is limited. The Bryant Park Hotel Loft.

Rick Moody, Fiction: "How to Think About Revision." Thursday, June 8: 2:30-4:30 pm. The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft.

Scott Wolven, Fiction: "The Novel."  Friday, June 9: 2:30-4:30 pm. The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft.

Mark Doty, Nonfiction: "Writing Nonfiction."  Friday, June 9: 2:30-4:30 pm. The Bryant Park Hotel Loft. 

Timothy Dyke, All three genres:  "The Poet's Prose: Writing Between the Genres." Friday, June 9: 2:30-4:30 pm. Cassa Hotel New York Boardroom. 

Tina Chang, Poetry: "Poetry Genre Lab."  Monday, June 12: 1:00-3:15 pm. The Bryant Park Hotel Loft.  

Elyssa East, Nonfiction: "Writing Nonfiction for Social Change." Monday, June 12: 1:00-3:15 pm. The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft.

Jeff Hill with Scott Wolven, Fiction: "Writer's Block." Monday, June 12: 1:00-300 pm. Cassa Hotel New York Boardroom. 

 

TWH Lectures/Rountables:

Tim Seibles, Lecture. Poetry: "Poetry Lecture." Friday, June 9: 12:30-1:45 pm. The Bryant Park Hotel Loft.

Shanna McNair & Scott Wolven, Lecture with participation. All genres: “Writing Performance Section One." Friday, June 9: 12:15-1:45 pm. The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft.

Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management. Tips on pitching to an Agent. Saturday, June 10: 10:30-11:15 am. The Algonquin Hotel Oak Room. 

Steven Salpeter of Curtis, Brown. Prose Genres. "Tips on pitching to an Agent." Saturday, June 10: 10:30-11:15 am.The Bryant Park Hotel Screening Room. 

Scott Wolven, Fiction. “Author Decisions and the Fiction Writing Process." Saturday, June 10: 11:30 am-1:30 pm. The Algonquin Hotel Oak Room. 

Kevin Larimer, Lecture. All genres: "Publishing Industry."  Saturday, June 10: 12:00 pm (noon)-1:30 pm. The Bryant Park Hotel Screening Room. 

Shanna McNair & Scott Wolven, Lecture with participation. All genres: “Writing Performance Section Two." Saturday, June 10: 2:00-3:30 pm. The Bryant Park Hotel Screening Room. 

Shanna McNair & Scott Wolven. Prose genres: "Agent speed dating orientation." Sunday, 12:30-1:00 pm: The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft.

Carey Salerno, Roundtable. Poetry: "Poetry in Publication." Sunday, June 11: 12:30-2:00 pm. The Bryant Park Hotel Loft.

 

TWH Director: Shanna McNair.

TWH Consulting Director: Scott Wolven.

TWH Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Faculty Assistants: TAs and Faculty Assistants will help guide writers and faculty throughout the conference. Teaching Assistants: Scott Branks del Llano (Fiction & Nonfiction), Timothy Dyke (Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry), Pete Follansbee (Poetry), Jenny Grosvenor (Nonfiction), V. Hansmann (Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry), Parks Kugle (Fiction) and Mark Wagstaff (Fiction).

Faculty Assistants: Erica Vega (Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry) , Adeeba Rana (Poetry).


the writer's hotel 2017 SCHEDULE


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7:

Attendees arrive and get settled. Welcome to the Big Apple! 

4:30-5:45 pm: Early check-in at Kinokuniya Bookstore. Faculty Assistants Adeeba Afshan Rana and Erica Vega will be on site with welcome materials. 

6:00-7:45 pm: Faculty prose reading: Roxana Robinson, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven at Kinokuniya bookstore.

KINOKUNIYA USA BOOKSTORE ADDRESS: 1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018  (Cross street: W 41st St) 

Official 2017 attendee badges, folders and materials are given on site at the reading. Materials are distributed along with TWH messenger bags, to be collected by participants at Kinokuniya USA bookstore. 

8:30-10:00 pm: Meet and greet at The Algonquin Hotel (informal/optional; refreshments not provided).

THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL ADDRESS: 59 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036 (Cross street: Avenue of the Americas).


THURSDAY, JUNE 8:

8:30-11:30 am: Day one of workshops at Library Hotel, The Bryant Park Hotel, The Algonquin Hotel and Cassa Hotel New York.

Eight Major Workshops are held at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft, The Bryant Park Hotel Loft, The Bryant Park Hotel Boardroom Suite; at The Library Hotel Writer's Den, Poetry Garden and Executive Boardroom; at The Algonquin Hotel Library Room and at the Cassa Hotel New York Boardroom. Workshops run from 8:30-11:30 am (with 15 min break). Writers may bring coffee to workshop by special arrangement with the hotels, but outside food is not permitted in the hotels. 

LIBRARY HOTEL ADDRESS: 299 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017  (Cross street: 41st Street).

THE BRYANT PARK HOTEL ADDRESS: 40 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018 (Cross street: 5th Avenue).

THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL ADDRESS: 59 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036 (Cross street: Avenue of the Americas).

CASSA HOTEL NEW YORK ADDRESS: 70 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036 (Cross street: 6th Street).

 

11:30-2:00 pm: Literary walking tour and/or lunch in the city.

Lunch: 11:30-2:00 pm (writers are on their own for lunch).

 

The Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour (Dorothy Parker Society) : 12:00 pm (noon)-1:00 pm OR 1:00-2:00 pm. (Two identical tours). 

::The Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour is an Elective. RSVP via Eventbrite.:

TWO separate tours are given on this date, Thursday, June 8th: Pick either 12:00 pm (noon)-1:00 pm OR 1:00-2:00 pm.

FOUR identical Algonquin Round Table Walking Tours will be given total during TWH; select your best time. Other dates for this tour: TWO more are given on Saturday, June 10th at 8:00-9:00 am or 9:00-10:00 am.

Tour meets in front of The Algonquin Hotel. FREE! Please RSVP via Eventbrite. This event is included in the TWH fee. You must be a TWH attendee to participate. This event is not open to the public.  FOUR identical tours will be given total during TWH; select your best time. The tour is hosted by The Dorothy Parker Society founder, Kevin Fitzgerald.

THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL ADDRESS: 59 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036 (Cross street: Avenue of the Americas).

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Formal description of the tour, via The Dorothy Parker Society website:

The Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour comes alive in the only New York walking tour devoted to the famed literary group. The one-hour walk celebrates Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman, Harpo Marx, Edna Ferber, Franklin P. Adams, Heywood Broun, Harold Ross, Robert Sherwood, Marc Connelly and the rest of the Vicious Circle. The tour begins and ends at the landmark Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street. The tour encompasses the Theatre District, Rockefeller Center, Times Square and Hell's Kitchen. Guests will see the former homes, haunts and hangouts of the Vicious Circle of the 1920s. See where The New Yorker began, visit the spots where the speakeasies once stood, and walk in the footsteps of the legendary wits. There are more than 40 destinations on the tour; among them are places associated with the Vicious Circle: speakeasies, theaters, offices, homes and landmarks.

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12:00 (noon)-2:00 pm: New York Public Library: Schwartzman Building Tours.

::New York Public Library: Schwartzman Building Tour is an Elective. RSVP via Eventbrite.:

Meeting in front of the New York Public Library Schwartzman Building. FREE! PLEASE RSVP via Eventbrite. This event is included in the TWH fee. You must be a TWH attendee to participate. This event is not open to the public. TWO identical tours will be given total during TWH; select your best time. Pick either Tour One: 12:00-1:30 pm OR Tour Two: 12:30-2:00 pm.

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY SCHWARTZMAN BUILDING TOUR ADDRESS: 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018 (Cross street: East 41st Street).

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2:30-4:30 pm: Genre Labs at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft and The Bryant Park Hotel Loft and the Cassa Hotel New York Boardroom. 

2:30-4:30: Wesley McNair: Poetry. “Line, Image and Action in Free Verse.” Cassa Hotel New York Boardroom.

2:30-4:30: Francine Prose: Fiction. "Reading Like a Writer."  Space is limited. The Bryant Park Hotel Loft.

2:30-4:30: Rick Moody: Fiction. "How to Think About Revision." Space is limited. The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft.

 

4:30-7:30 pm: Dinner in the city.

4:30-7:30 pm: Dinner (writers are on their own for dinner).

 

7:30-9:30 pm: Two private TWH open mics at Bryant Park Hotel

Two private TWH open mics at Bryant Park Hotel (not open to the public: only TWH community writers and instructors may attend). Outside food and drinks are not allowed. Soft drinks and water will be available. 

7:30-9:30 pm:  The Bryant Park Hotel Loft: Poetry and Prose Open Mic.

7:30-9:30 pm:  The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft: Poetry and Prose Open Mic.

Sign-ups will begin on-site at The Bryant Park Hotel in the Terrace Loft on June 8, and amount of time to read will depend on attendance. Events will be emceed by TWH Teaching Assistants. There will be standing mics and a theater chair setup in each room. This event fosters TWH community and provides a space for all attendees to convene. It also allows each attending writer the chance to hear their fellows read, since readings are spread out across the city on TWH reading nights. This event is a venue for readings only, and is solely for attending writers to read (instructors will not be reading). 


FRIDAY, JUNE 9:

Day two of workshops at Library Hotel, The Bryant Park Hotel, The Algonquin Hotel and Cassa Hotel New York.

8:30-11:30 am: Eight Major Workshops are held at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft, The Bryant Park Hotel Loft, The Bryant Park Hotel Boardroom Suite; at The Library Hotel Writer's Den, Poetry Garden and Executive Boardroom; at The Algonquin Hotel Library Room and at the Cassa Hotel New York Boardroom. Workshops run from 8:30-11:30 am (with 15 min break). Writers may bring coffee to workshop by special arrangement with the hotels, but outside food is not permitted in the hotels. 

8:30 - 11:30 am (with 15 min break). Day two of workshops at Library Hotel, The Bryant Park Hotel, The Algonquin Hotel and Cassa Hotel New York.

 

11:30-12:30 pm: Lunch in the city.

11:30-12:15 pm: Lunch (writers are on their own for lunch). 

 

12:15-4:45 pm: Lectures and Genre Labs at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft and The Bryant Park Hotel Loft, and The Algonquin Hotel Library Room.

12:30-1:45 pm: Tim Seibles, Poetry Lecture. The Bryant Park Hotel Loft.

12:15-1:45 pm: Shanna McNair & Scott Wolven, All genres, lecture. “Writing Performance Section One." (For writers performing Friday night or later.) The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft.  ::"Writing Performance Section One" is an Elective. RSVP via Eventbrite.::

 

Genre Labs:

2:30-4:30 pm: Genre Lab. Scott Wolven, Fiction: "The Novel." Space is limited. The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft.

2:30-4:30 pm: Genre Lab. Mark Doty, Nonfiction: "Writing Nonfiction." Space is limited. The Bryant Park Hotel Loft. 

2:30-4:30 pm: Genre Lab. Timothy Dyke, All three genres: "The Poet's Prose: Writing Between the Genres." Space is limited. Cassa Hotel New York Boardroom

 

4:30-6:00 pm: Dinner in the city.

4:30-6:00 pm: Dinner (writers are on their own for dinner).

 

6:00-9:00 pm: Student readings in the city.

6:00-7:30 pm: Reading at Cornelia Street Cafe: FREE reading (open to the public).

THE CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ ADDRESS: 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014 (Cross street: 4th Street).

 

7:00-9:00 pm: Two readings at KGB Bar Lit’s Red Room and KGB Bar Lit: FREE readings (open to the public). 

KGB BAR LIT ADDRESS: 85 East 4th Street, NY, NY 10003 (Cross street: 2nd Ave).


SATURDAY, JUNE 10:

8:00-10:00 am: Literary walking tours.

The Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour (Dorothy Parker Society) : 8:00-10:00 AM (Two identical tours)

::The Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour is an Elective. RSVP via Eventbrite.:

TWO separate tours are given on this date, Saturday, June 10th: Pick either 8:00-9:00 am or 9:00-10:00 am.

FOUR identical Algonquin Round Table Walking Tours will be given total during TWH; select your best time. Other dates for this tour: TWO more are given on Thursday, June 18th at 12:00 pm (noon)-1:00 pm OR 1:00-2:00 pm.

Tour meets in front of The Algonquin Hotel. FREE! Please RSVP via Eventbrite. This event is included in the TWH fee. You must be a TWH attendee to participate. This event is not open to the public.  FOUR identical tours will be given total during TWH; select your best time. The tour is hosted by The Dorothy Parker Society founder, Kevin Fitzgerald.

THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL ADDRESS: 59 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036 (Cross street: Avenue of the Americas).

 

10:30-1:00 pm: Lectures in the Bryant Park Hotel Screening Room and The Algonquin Hotel Oak Room.  Pick one location and presentation or the other via Eventbrite.

The Algonquin Hotel Oak Room: Agent pitching lecture and Fiction Lecture

::The Algonquin Hotel Oak Room: Agent pitching lecture and Fiction Lecture is an Elective. RSVP via Eventbrite.:

10:30-11:15 am: Agent Pitching Lecture: Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management. Prose Genres."Tips on pitching to an Agent." The Algonquin Hotel Oak Room. 

11:30-1:00 pm: Fiction Lecture, Scott Wolven: “Author Decisions and the Fiction Writing Process."  The Algonquin Hotel Oak Room. 

OR:

The Bryant Park Hotel Screening Room: Agent pitching lecture and Publishing Lecture

::The Bryant Park Hotel Screening Room: Agent pitching lecture and Publishing Lecture is an Elective. RSVP via Eventbrite.:

10:30-11:15 am: Agent Pitching Lecture: Steven Salpeter of Curtis, Brown. Prose Genres. "Tips on pitching to an Agent." Bryant Park Hotel Screening Room. 

11:30-1:00 pm: Kevin Larimer, Editor in Chief of Poets & Writers Magazine: "Publishing Lecture." The Bryant Park Hotel Screening Room.

 

1:30-3:30 pm: “Writing Performance Section Two."

“Writing Performance Section Two" is an Elective. RSVP via Eventbrite.:

1:30-3:30 pm: Shanna McNair & Scott Wolven, “Writing Performance Section Two" (for those performing on Saturday, Sunday or Monday night). The Bryant Park Hotel Screening Room.

 

3:30-6:00 pm: Dinner in the city.

4:30-5:30 pm: Dinner (writers are on their own for dinner).

 

6:00-9:30 pm: Student readings in the city.

6:00-7:30 pm: Reading at Cornelia Street Cafe: FREE reading (open to the public).

7:00-9:00 pm: Two readings at KGB Bar Lit’s Red Room and KGB Bar Lit: FREE readings (open to the public) 


SUNDAY, JUNE 11:

Day three of workshops at Library Hotel, The Bryant Park Hotel, The Algonquin Hotel and Cassa Hotel New York.

8:30-11:30 am:  Eight Major Workshops are held at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft, The Bryant Park Hotel Loft, The Bryant Park Hotel Boardroom Suite; at The Library Hotel Writer's Den, Poetry Garden and Executive Boardroom; at The Algonquin Hotel Library Room and at the Cassa Hotel New York Boardroom. Workshops run from 8:30-11:30 am (with 15 min break). Writers may bring coffee to workshop by special arrangement with the hotels, but outside food is not permitted in the hotels. 

8:30-11:30 am (with 15 min break). Day three of workshops at Library Hotel, The Bryant Park Hotel, The Algonquin Hotel and Cassa Hotel New York.

 

11:30-12:30 pm: Lunch in the city.

11:30-12:30 pm: Lunch (writers are on their own for lunch). 

 

12:30 pm-5:00 pm: Poetry Publication Panel and Agent Speed Dating at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft and The Bryant Park Hotel Loft.

12:30-2:00 pm: Poetry Publication Round Table with Carey Salerno, Director and Publisher of Alice James Books: "Poetry in Publication." The Bryant Park Hotel Boardroom Suite.

12:30-1:00 pm: Scott Wolven & Shanna McNair. Prose genres. "Agent speed dating orientation." The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft.

1:15-4:15 pm:  "Agent Speed Dating." (Agents TBA. For prose writers/ prose projects.)The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft and The Bryant Park Hotel Loft. 

 

4:30-6:00 pm: Faculty Poetry Reading at Kinokuniya Bookstore.

4:30-6:00 pm: Tim Seibles and Richard Blanco: Faculty poetry reading at Kinokuniya bookstore. FREE READING (open to the public).

KINOKUNIYA USA BOOKSTORE ADDRESS: 1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018  (Cross street: W 41st St). 

 

6:00-7:00 pm: Dinner in the city.

6:00-7:00 pm: Dinner (writers are on their own for dinner).

 

7:00-9:00 pm: Student readings at The Bowery.

7:00-9:00 pm: Reading at The Bowery: FREE reading (open to the public).

THE BOWERY ADDRESS: 308 Bowery, NY, NY 10012 (Cross street: Bleecker)


MONDAY,  JUNE 12:

Day four of workshops at Library Hotel, The Bryant Park Hotel, The Algonquin Hotel and Cassa Hotel New York.

8:30-11:30 am: Eight Major Workshops are held at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft, The Bryant Park Hotel Loft, The Bryant Park Hotel Boardroom Suite; at The Library Hotel Writer's Den, Poetry Garden and Executive Boardroom; at The Algonquin Hotel Library Room and at the Cassa Hotel New York Boardroom. Workshops run from 8:30-11:30 am (with 15 min break). Writers may bring coffee to workshop by special arrangement with the hotels, but outside food is not permitted in the hotels. 
 
8:30-11:30 am (with 15 min break). Day four (final day) of workshops at Library Hotel, The Bryant Park Hotel, The Algonquin Hotel and Cassa Hotel New York.

 

11:30 am-12:30 pm: Lunch in the city.

Lunch: 11:30-12:30 pm (writers are on their own for lunch).

 

1:00-3:00 pm: Genre Labs at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft and The Bryant Park Hotel Loft and Cassa Hotel New York. Stipend announcement at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft.

1:00-3:15 pm:  Genre Lab: Elyssa East, Nonfiction: "Writing Nonfiction for Social Change" The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft.

1:00-3:15 pm:  Genre Lab: Tina Chang, "Poetry Lab." The Bryant Park Hotel Loft. 

1:00-3:00 pm: Genre Lab: Jeff Hill with Scott Wolven, Fiction: "There is No Such Thing as Writer's Block." Space is limited. Cassa Hotel New York Boardroom. 

3:30-4:00 pm: Sara Patton Stipend announcements and awards, presented by TWH Director Shanna McNair. The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft.

 

4:00-5:30 pm: Early dinner in the city.

4:00-5:30 pm: Dinner (writers are on their own for dinner).

 

5:30-7:30 pm: Student readings at The Bowery. 

5:30-7:30 pm: Reading at The Bowery: FREE reading (open to the public).  

THE BOWERY ADDRESS: 308 Bowery, NY, NY 10012 (Cross street: Bleecker).

 

8:00-10:00 pm:  Final meeting point for TWH 2017: Faculty reading at The Half King.

8:00-10:00 pm: Faculty reading at The Half King: Scott Wolven, Shanna McNair, Elyssa East and Tim Seibles. FREE reading (open to the public).

HALF KING ADDRESS: 505 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011 (Cross street: 10th Ave.).


TUESDAY, JUNE 13:

Check-out day!

Check-out times are relative to where writers are staying in the city. Writers are on their own for transportation. Thank you so much for being a part of TWH 2017 this year!


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