Major workshops

Each accepted writer attends a total of four morning craft workshops. 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 workshop participant submits 5000 words of fiction before the conference. 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. 

Genre labs 

We also host smaller workshops, called "Genre Labs" on site. Genre Labs are generative two-hour workshops. We offer several different Genre Labs each year, and writers choose which are the best match for their project and their writing process. Space is limited for each Genre Lab, and writers sign up pre-conference.


Lectures are generally an hour long and focus on different elements of craft. We offer several different lectures each year, and writers choose which are the best match for their project and their writing process. Writers do not need to sign up for any lectures pre-conference.

Teaching assistants and Faculty assistants

::2020 Teaching Assistants and Faculty Assistants are TBA.::

TWH Teaching Assistants (TAs) or Faculty Assistants (FAs) will assist instructors. Faculty Assistants generally help to coordinate events.

2019 Teaching Assistants: 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: Adeeba Afshan Rana, Margo Orlando Littell and Skylar Smith.

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.