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 14 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. 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.
2019 Teaching Assistants are Scott Branks del Llano, Lisa Ellison, Sarah Jewell, Lucas Hanft, Cindy Huyser, Parks Kugle, Elieen Lynch, Lyndsie Manusos, Scott McDaniel, Gwen Mullins, Robert Spiotta and Lesley Meirovitz Waite.
2019 Faculty Assistants are Erica Vega (Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry) and Adeeba Afshan Rana (Poetry).
The Roger Smith Hotel, where five Major Workshops are held, in The Starlight Loft, The Solarium, The Penthouse, The Winthrop and Lily’s Back Room.
The Algonquin Hotel, where three of our Major Workshops are held, in The John Barrymore Suite, the Library Boardroom and the Helen Hayes Boardroom. We also host our TWH informal meet-and-greet in the Round Room and Lobby.
The Casablanca Hotel, and the Boardroom, where one of our Major Workshops is held. Other images: The Lobby and fireplace.