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tHE WRITER’S HOTEL nyc all-fiction conference: jUNE 3-9, 2020

Write better, publish smarter. Get inspired.

:: Major Workshop Fiction Faculty includes Rick Moody, Jeffrey Ford, James Patrick Kelly, Elizabeth Hand, Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven. More faculty is TBA. We're excited to read your work! ::


2020 will be a very special year for The Writer’s Hotel. We will be focusing only on fiction, which will allow for fiction writers to get even more comprehensive attention than ever before. All of the 2020 offerings will be fiction-centered, from our lectures to our Genre Labs. Writers may submit work in any fiction sub-genre. Novels, novels-in-progress, short stories, and short story collections-in-progress are all welcome.

Coming soon: we will unveil our plans for The Writer’s Hotel 2020 Weekend Conferences! We will be hosting two small, exclusive weekend conferences in 2020 as well, one focusing solely on nonfiction and one focusing solely on poetry. Stay tuned!


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, including The Algonquin Hotel and The Roger Smith Hotel. On site events include workshops, lectures and agent pitch sessions. And each writer reads their own original work at landmark NYC venues: KGB Bar, The Red Room at KGB Bar and Bowery Poetry Club. Faculty readings are another wonderful feature, and are held at Kinokuniya Bookstore and at Lily’s Bar at The Roger Smith. 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. It's an extraordinary opportunity. 


Our programming includes two components: the pre-conference TWH Team Reading, performed by TWH editors; and all NYC on-site events June 3-9. TWH is a unique and comprehensive writing program. We are extremely selective. 

PRE-CONFERENCE READING: 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/or editors. Each writer receives two sets of comments--two editors read each manuscript. We generate hundreds of comments, from line edits to developmental edits. We also offer a follow-up phone call with both TWH Editors to address any questions a writer may have about those comments. This virtual feature begins immediately upon acceptance. We created TWH so that writers can get more from a writers conference than ever before. Our price is extremely competitive; we feel that the pre-conference reading value alone may well be worth the price of admission. And writers tend to arrive at the conference feeling an artistic momentum since they've been working hard on their manuscripts before they even arrive in NYC.

NYC IN-TOWN EVENTS JUNE 3-9: Major Workshops in fiction, craft and publishing lectures and Fiction Genre Labs; curated attendee readings, including advertising flyers (see posters); literary agent pitch sessions (in the past we’ve had Foundry, Rob Weisbach Creative Management, Curtis Brown, Ltd., Folio Lit and many more). We also host a Community Open Mic Night to foster community and celebrate diversity of voice within the program, and host our wonderful “Breakfast with TWH Directors” on Saturday morning. All of these events are included in the programming. Our workshops and lectures are led by some of the industry's best agents and writers.


Portland Press Herald article by Bob Keyes, “For nation’s aspiring writers, there’s room at the inn” on The Writer's Hotel program and TWH Founding Director Shanna McNair's vision for writers

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) article: "A New Kind of Writing Program? The Writer's Hotel Master Class" 

The Magic Continues for The Writers Hotel” by TWH ‘17 & ’19 Fiction Alum and TA Lyndsie Manusos on Sacred Chickens

Lumina Journal article by Nicole Flippo, “In Conversation with Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven, with Thoughts on The Writer’s Hotel and The New Guard

The Writer's Hotel: My Experience and Why You Should Consider Applying” by TWH ‘17-’18 Fiction Alum and TA Julie Carpenter on Sacred Chickens

"The Only Writers Conference I Ever Dreamed of Attending” by Lisa Markuson


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.

I absolutely loved this conference. It surpassed all expectations. Really a mind-blowing experience. I can’t say enough positive things. This changed my life.
— Megan W.
My NYC reading is going to rank as one of the highlights of my whole life. It was such a thrill to hone and present my work to an audience, but I think the best thing was the atmosphere of support and appreciation from everyone involved. A real boost.
— Annette F.
The comments made by Shanna and Scott on my full-length manuscript were invaluable. This alone is worth the price of admission. I’m still pondering the thoughtful comments and looking for patterns that need refreshing.
— Carol O.
This writer’s conference is one of the most generous, comprehensive, and fruitful experiences for any writer. Many of my peers have been to workshops and residency programs, and none holds a candle to the wealth of knowledge and access to agents and publishers that TWH provides. I believe it may be the premier hands-on writer’s conference in the country. Bravo TWH!
— Scott B.
Overall, one of the best things I’ve done in/with my life. [The pre-conference reading was] Wonderful. Painstaking. Caring. Encouraging. Thoughtful. Essential to my improvement as a writer. Shanna and Scott threw themselves into my lengthy and complex narrative with everything they had. I am very, very grateful for this.
— Paul C.
When I returned home [from TWH NYC], I felt I had leapt galaxies! I had a whole new sense of myself as a writer. My physical cells had rearranged themselves. I’ve been to a number of writing conferences, and I’m not sure what the X factor was in TWH, but I hoped for a NYC literary experience/adventure and totally got what I wanted. I am also impressed that we’re not just a group of writers, but that Shanna and Scott somehow can remember our individual work. This personal touch is golden. TWH is a warm incubator, encouraging individual writers to grow and flourish. (...) Thank you! Thank you! I have more confidence moving forward on my novel. I am feeling transformed, yet I know the transformation will continue over the days, weeks, months to come.
— Loreen L.

MORE ABOUT OUR 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 writers will receive feedback about plot, character development, dialogue, sentence structure and narrative arc. Creative Nonfiction writers will receive notes about narrative arc, tone, characterization, voice, sentence structure, dialogue and more. Poets 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 experience was unlike any other conference I’d been to and one I will long remember. I found it hard to describe TWH to friends asking what the experience was like, for it was the kindest and yet most intense learning experience I’ve had as a writer. I would also add that I made friendships I hope to maintain in the weeks and months ahead. Thanks to the rich experience of TWH, I returned home with a stronger commitment to my work and to the quality of my work than ever before.
— Jeanne G.
Lovely. Magical. Wonderful. Exhausting. (...) We were blessed with an incredible group of people, and we are planning get-togethers every other year. We will not stop until all of us have published. And then we will keep going!
— Colleen D.
It was great to get feedback on the entire project. That is unheard of in other workshops. And I’ve done a lot of them!!
— Corie A.
Pre-conference reading and editing by two editors is worth the price of admission. TWH editors encourage writers to take their work to the next level.
— Eileen L.
The pre-conference reading and editing service is invaluable and honestly worth the price of the entire conference.
— Jeff H.
The pre-conference editing service was invaluable. Comments were thorough, insightful and specific. They gave me a good sense of how to think about my next round of revisions and helped me see my manuscript, both its strengths and weaknesses, with new eyes. Thank you for your incredible commitment to helping writers achieve their potential and for the community you build.
— Carol S.
TWH was a life-changing experience for me. I loved the opportunity for choice, for the writing intensive elements, and for all of the guidance. [And] I was blown away by my pre-conference reading and editing service. That service alone was well worth the price of admission.
— Mandi B.

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. ::Please see our NYC Workshops page for full details.::

Our Major Workshops are given in the morning and are three hours long. We cap each Major Workshop at 14 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.





ROGER SMITH HOTEL: Five Major Workshops are held here in The Starlight Loft, The Solarium, The Penthouse, The Winthrop and Lily’s Back Room. 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: Three Major Workshops are held here, in the John Barrymore Suite, the Library Boardroom and the Helen Hayes Boardoom. We also have an informal meet-and-greet in the Round Table Room, where the so-called "Vicious Circle" convened. 

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

::All participating 2019 hotels offer a lodging discount for attendees.::

I had an incredible experience at TWH 2019. All components of the program either met or exceeded my expectations. I will be recommending it to my writing friends, and I hope that I can return some time in the future. It’s a lot to absorb and an intense week- sort of a marathon for a writer - and really worth it!
— Julie L.
The Writers Hotel was everything is was promised as being and more. The Writers Hotel is a well-oiled machine.
— David T.
The friendships that arise from TWH have been life-changing. Enduring beyond and in between conferences, those friendships have provided a literary community I sorely needed — practical, artistic, craft-oriented, supportive, honest. I can’t do without it.
— Stephanie C.
Thank you, Thank You, thank you. From beginning to end; nothing but good things to say. Thank you for doing this work and doing it with such inclusiveness and joy!
— Mary L.
I did Bread Loaf two years ago, and I liked Writer’s Hotel much more. At TWH there’s an emphasis on nuts and bolts, the practical business of writing and getting your writing read. At Bread Loaf, the event felt cloistered, as if we had been called together to worship High Art. I felt sometimes like I should feel privileged to spend time in the presence of literary luminaries. I never felt that way at TWH. I always felt like Scott and Shanna were in my corner.
— Robert K.
What a joy to be surrounded by dedicated writers in the center of Manhattan. A wonderful week.
— Kevin A.







:: TWH 2020 Major Workshop Faculty includes Rick Moody, Jeffrey Ford, James Patrick Kelly, Elizabeth Hand, Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven.

More faculty is TBA. We're excited to read your work! ::


JUAN FELIPE HERRERA (Major Poetry Workshop)

Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal TaxiHalf of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: SkateFate, Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box. His book Jabberwalking, a children’s book focused on turning your wonder at the world around you into weird, wild, incandescent poetry, is forthcoming in 2018. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

ELIZABETH HAND (Major Fiction Workshop) 

Elizabeth Hand is the bestselling author of fourteen genre-spanning novels and five collections of short fiction and essays. Her work has received the World Fantasy Award (four times), Nebula Award (twice), Shirley Jackson Award (three times), International Horror Guild Award (three times), the Mythopoeic Award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, among other honors, and several of her books have been New York Times and Washington Post Notable Books. Her recent, critically acclaimed novels featuring Cass Neary, “one of literature’s great noir anti-heroes,” [Katherine Dunn] have been compared to those of Patricia Highsmith. She has written numerous novelizations of films, including Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys, and a popular series of Star Wars books for middle grade children. She is a longtime critic and book reviewer whose work appears regularly in the Los Angeles TimesWashington PostSalon and the Boston Review, among many others, and writes a regular column for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Her books and short fiction have been translated into numerous languages and have been optioned for film and television. Hand is on faculty at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing, and has taught at the Yale Writers Conference, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Clarion and Clarion West, and the Odyssey writers’ workshops. She divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London.


ALEXANDRA OLIVER (Major Poetry Workshop)

Alexandra Oliver was born in Vancouver, BC. Her 2013 collection Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway (Biblioasis 2013) was the recipient of the 2014 Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and her most recent collection, Let the Empire Down (Biblioasis 2016), was shortlisted for the same in 2017. Her libretto for From the Diaries of William Lyon Mackenzie King, conceived in conjunction with composer Scott Wilson at the University of Birmingham, was performed by Continuum Music in Toronto in December, 2017. Oliver is a past co-editor of Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters  (Everyman's Library/Random House, 2015). She also co-edited with the Toronto-based formalist journal The Rotary Dial with Pino Coluccio. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. 

Oliver's most recent chapbook, On the Oven Sits a Maiden, is available through Frog Hollow Press. She is pleased to be joining The Writer's Hotel and looks forward to meeting students and new friends.

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RICHARD HOFFMAN (Major Nonfiction Workshop and Nonfiction Genre Lab) 

Richard Hoffman is the author of seven books, including the celebrated Half the House: a Memoir, published in a 20th Anniversary Edition in 2015, and the 2014 memoir Love & Fury. In addition to the volume Interference and Other Stories, he has published four collections of poetry: Without Paradise; Gold Star Road; Emblem; and Noon until Night. He is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University.


LEWIS ROBINSON (Major Fiction Workshop)

Lewis Robinson is the author of the novel Water Dogs (Random House, 2009), a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and Officer Friendly and Other Stories (HarperCollins, 2003), winner of the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award.  His short fiction and essays have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Tin House, The Baffler, The New York Times Book Review and on NPR’s program Selected Shorts.  He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, Colby College, the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program, Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program, and was the writer-in-residence at Phillips Academy.  He lives in Portland, Maine. 

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BEN GRANGE (Mini-clinic: Query letters)

Ben Grange is a literary agent at L. Perkins Agency. Ben started out at a small publishing company in Salt Lake City, UT and proceeded to do internships at three literary agencies before working as the assistant at the JABberwocky Literary Agency. He decided he wanted to be an agent sometime along the line, and is happily growing an amazing list of clients.

His tastes gravitate towards middle grade fiction, and he is particularly on the lookout for exceptional author-illustrators who write middle grade or young adult. He sometimes gets the inkling to read a great YA sci-fi or fantasy,  particularly weird or slightly dark stories (à la The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater). Thanks to his time at JABberwocky, he also loves epic fantasy and science fiction, and although his focus is on middle grade and young adult, he won't say no to a great fantasy or sci-fi. He is also interested in pop culture non-fiction for authors with established platforms.


RICK MOODY (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.


CORNELIUS EADY (Poetry Genre Lab)

Cornelius Eady is the author of several books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Hardheaded Weather, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze,winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and The Gathering of My Name, which was nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. With poet Toi Derricote, Eady is cofounder of Cave Canem, a national organization for African American poetry and poets. He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy, and The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award.


SHANNA MCNAIR  (Major Fiction Workshop) 

Shanna McNair is Founder and Director of The Writer’s Hotel and Founding Editor and Publisher of The New Guard literary review. She writes prose, poetry and scripts and is an award-winning journalist. She was a 2018 Hewnoaks Artist Colony Writer in Residence. She recently served as a RISCA Fiction Fellow Competition Judge, and as an Interdisciplinary Study Adviser at Lesley University. In 2011 she was a Writer in Residence at the Thomas Lynch cottage in Moveen, Ireland, following a residency in Dingle via the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast MFA program. She also holds a Creative Writing Certificate from Oxford University via her study at the Dartmouth College Creative Writing Master's program. She has worked extensively in the visual and performing arts. She is at work on a novel, stories, poems, scripts and a novella. 

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

ELYSSA EAST (Major Workshop, Mixed Genre: Fiction and Nonfiction) 

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 sixth year with this incredible program.  


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.

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CAREY SALERNO (Poetry Publication Round Table)

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.


MEGHAN DAUM (Major Nonfiction Workshop) 

Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers  on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir.  For more than a decade Meghan was an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times, covering cultural and political topics. From 2016-18, she wrote the Egos column in The New York Times Book Review, reviewing new memoirs. Meghan has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Vogue. She is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and is on the adjunct faculty in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University's School of the Arts. 

In the spring of 2017, Meghan was the Bedell Distinguished Visiting Writer in the Nonfiction MFA Program at the University of Iowa.


MARK DOTY (Poetry Publication Round Table)

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.


JEFFREY FORD (Major Fiction Workshop)

Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, The Shadow Year, and The Twilight Pariah. A new novel, Ahab’s Return will appear in summer of 2018 from Morrow/Harper CollinsHis short story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, Crackpot Palace, and A Natural History of Hell. He’s the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, Nebula, Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and Gran Prix de l’Imaginaire. His work has been translated into almost twenty languages. He lives in Ohio in a 115 year old farmhouse surrounded by cornfields and teaches writing part-time at Ohio Wesleyan University. 

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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 Hybrida (2019), 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.


ROB SPILLMAN (Nonfiction Genre Lab)

Rob Spillman is the author of acclaimed memoir All Tomorrow’s Parties (Grove Atlantic, 2017) and the editor and co-founder of Tin House. He is the 2015 recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing as well as the 2015 VIDO Award from VIDA. He is also the Executive Editor of Tin House Books and co-founder of the Tin House Summer Workshop, now in its fourteenth year. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Guernica, Nerve, The New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fairand Vogue, among other magazines, newspapers, and essay collections. He is also the editor of Gods and Soldiers: the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing, which was published in 2009. He has taught at universities around the world and is currently a lecturer at Columbia University. 

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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. 

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. 


Faculty Assistant

Margo Orlando Littell grew up in a coal-mining town in southwestern Pennsylvania. Her first novel, Each Vagabond by Name (University of New Orleans Press, 2016), about grief, isolation, and xenophobia in Appalachia, won a Gold Medal IPPY Award and the University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize. It was long-listed for the 2017 Tournament of Books and was named one of 15 Great Appalachian Novels by Bustle. Her second novel, The Distance from Four Points, is forthcoming in 2020. She has an MFA from Columbia and lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. Her website is www.margoorlandolittell.com. Photo by Kathryn Huang.


SKYLAR SMITH  (Nonfiction)
Faculty Assistant

Skylar Smith (Nonfiction) has held multiple positions spanning, testing, expanding, and teaching across the breadth of “the arts.” She holds a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from Bard Graduate Center. Her essay, “Camille Clifford: The Gibson Girl Promised Fulfilled,” written as a Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies Fellow with the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, will be published later this year.

JEFF HILL (Fiction) 
Social Media Consultant

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 and as TWH Faculty in 2017. Jeff is re-joining the TWH Faculty again in 2018 to instruct a Fiction Genre Lab with Scott Wolven. 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. 


PAST FACULTY INCLUDES Marie Howe, Richard Blanco, Francine Prose, Roxana Robinson, Sapphire, Naomi Shihab Nye, Stephen Dunn, Tim Seibles, Dinaw Mengestu, Jill Bialosky, Kimiko Hahn, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Bill Roorbach, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Barbara Hurd, Marion Winik, Wesley McNair, Dana Isokawa, Melissa Faliveno, Elaine Trevorrow, Bethany Ball and Kathleen Aguero.

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The Writter's Hotel video trailer by Nathan Eldridge.

TWH on the web

Article in the Portland Press Herald by Bob Keyes, “For nation’s aspiring writers, there’s room at the inn” on The Writer's Hotel program and TWH Founding Director Shanna McNair's vision for writers

TWH on Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP):  "A New Kind of Writing Program? The Writer’s Hotel Master Class"

Article on The Writer’s Hotel by TWH ‘17-’18 Fiction Alum and TA Julie Carpenter: “The Writer's Hotel: My Experience and Why You Should Consider Applying

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

TWH Director Shanna McNair on Exaclair's "The Writer's Project"

Newsletter article in Black Lawrence Press’ Sapling Newsletter on The New Guard and The Writer’s Hotel

TWH on the Poets & Writers Conferences and Residencies Database

TWH on Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), Writers' Conferences & Centers (WC&C) Member listing*

*The Writer's Hotel holds a membership with the WC&C

TWH and THe new Guard

Our sister websits is www.newguardreview.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). 


The Writer's Hotel is an independent program and a labor of love. Donation dollars help to offset costs related to Sara Patton Stipends, Teaching Assistants, Faculty Assistants and general NYC program expenses. Donations may be mailed to our postal address, payable to The Writer's Hotel and/or The New Guard or you can donate via the PayPal donation button below. Thank you for your support! 

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