A NEW KIND OF WRITERS CONFERENCE
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, 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 the only 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 Lit, The Bowery 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 Cassa Hotel New York. 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, The Bowery 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.
::TWH 2017 Poetry Faculty: Virginia Poet Laureate Tim Seibles, second inaugural poet to President Obama Richard Blanco, Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair and Timothy Dyke. Fiction Faculty: Roxana Robinson, Francine Prose, Scott Wolven, Rick Moody, Shanna McNair and Jeff Hill. Elyssa East's Major Workshop is Mixed Genre (Fiction & Nonfiction) ""Fiction & Nonfiction with Research and/or Social Element Focuses," and she will also lecture in Nonfiction. More Nonfiction Faculty: Mark Doty and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh. Lecturers include Poets & Writers Editor in Chief Kevin Larimer and Alice James Books Director Carey Salerno. Faculty Assistants are Adeeba Afshan Rana and Erica Vega. Our 2017 Teaching Assistants are Scott Branks del Llano, Timothy Dyke, Pete Follansbee, Jenny Grosvenor, V. Hansmann, Parks Kugle and Mark Wagstaff.::
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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 120K words) or it could be a shorter manuscript, of 30-50 pages. Works-in-progress are also acceptable for our program.
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.
We host five 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. Major Workshop leaders for the 2016 program were Meghan Daum, Tim Seibles, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Scott Wolven, Roger Bonair-Agard and Shanna McNair. We cap each Major Workshop at 13 students. 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 (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 will be read and critiqued by the Major Workshop leader and by peers in 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
CASSA HOTEL NEW YORK
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 12 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 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.
CASSA HOTEL NEW YORK: One Major workshop is held here in the Boardroom.
::All four of our participating hotels offer a TWH discount for writers attending the 2017 conference.::