Now, more than ever, it's time to write and speak your truth. Let's write. Those familiar with The Writer's Hotel know that we have helped writers take their writing to the next level. Almost every single writer we've worked with has gone on to publish, and many have gotten book deals and representation. The bottom line is that we give writers the tools they need for writing and publishing success. Are you ready to take that next step? We're here for you.

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TWH conferences are one-of-a-kind.

The Writer’s Hotel Virtual Summer Fiction Workshop: August 6-28, 2022.

TWH Virtual Summer Fiction Workshop centers on four weekend writing workshops and lectures over four weeks, plus two full manuscript readings by TWH Editors, one-on-one agent pitching sessions and attendee readings. We anticipate that this program will sell out—make sure to apply and reserve early! ::Application deadline: July 1, 2022, or when we reach capacity.::

Enjoy a month-long program with your cohort from the comfort of home.

TWH has historically held conferences featuring very intense immersion programming. Our Virtual Summer Fiction Workshop will operate on a whole new approach. This program will take place only on the weekends for a month—attendees can take their time and really get to know one another and TWH Directors as they hone in on their work and learn new tools. This month-long schedule fosters a writer’s growth in a new way. We’re going to take our time and give each writer even more attention than ever before.

The Virtual Summer Fiction Workshop includes two full manuscript Team Readings by both TWH Consulting Director Scott Wolven and TWH Director Shanna McNair; one before the program and one after the program. Team Readings are a hallmark of TWH, and writers can expect hundreds of comments that range from micro to macro, from craft to the overall narrative.

The Summer Workshop also includes separate focused readings during the workshop in August. Each participant will read their fellow workshop writers’ work and make comments in advance. These workshop groups will be intimate and generative. We will be hosting just two sections of this workshop, led by Scott Wolven. Each section will be capped at fourteen attendees.

Each workshop participant submits 5000 words of fiction before the conference. The pages are studied by both Scott and the workshop peers. Each participant receives commentary from both instructor and workshop peers, and each participant is expected to read the full packet of workshop pages and give commentary. During the Summer Workshop, writers will practice pitching their manuscripts to Scott and Shanna—and hone in on how to best pitch during the Agent Pitching Sessions.

At the end of the month, there will be two participant readings on Zoom. Scott and Shanna will host interactive reading performance labs to prepare writers for their readings. Family and friends will certainly be invited, along with the general public. This is a wonderful capstone and underscores a month of dedication.

::It is $30 to apply. The cost of the month-long weekend is $3500 and includes all sessions. Space is very limited.::

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TWH Workroom: Our Writer-to-Writer Virtual Program.

Rather write from home? This program might just be for you. Now, more than ever, it's time to write and speak your truth. Let's write.

TWH Editors work with a limited amount of writers virtually via our writer-to-writer virtual program, "TWH Workroom." Writers don’t need to travel and attend a conference—they can simply email their manuscripts when they are ready for our Team Reading process. We work with writers of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Film Screenplays, TV scripts, Playwriting and all sub-genres. We also work to connect authors with agents and editors via TWH Workroom, just like we do for our conference participants.

We offer three different options in TWH Workroom. You can opt for a single Reading (Workroom 1); two readings (Workroom 2); or five readings (Workroom 5). Program cost varies.

Each manuscript submitted is read by both TWH Editors, Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven. 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. We communicate with our Workroom writers via email and by phone or Skype.

To apply, submit up to 5000 words of prose, 10 pages of poetry or 15 pages of a Final Draft script. Please include a letter of interest, describing your current projects. And please tell us why you think TWH Workroom would be helpful or meaningful to you as a writer. All applicants we consider for TWH Workroom will be phoned for an interview. We offer TWH Workroom on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is $20 to apply.

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TWH Virtual “Mini MFA” in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry

Serious writers attend our program and go on to publish. There is no other writing program like it.

Applications are closed. Thank you to all who applied! 

++In light of continuing COVID-19 concerns and complications, we must take The Writer’s Hotel “Mini MFA” 2022 conference online and not meet in NYC as we’d hoped. The reason for this shift centers on the current pandemic and the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 virus. We aim to return to our regular NYC programming in 2023.++

We will offer spots to our our TWH 2022 “Mini MFA” on a first-come, first-serve basis and will close the application portal when we are full. We're looking forward to reading your work. Application deadline: April 22, 2022.

The Writer’s Hotel Virtual “Mini MFA” is a unique, hybrid, comprehensive writing program. Our programming includes our TWH two-editor pre-conference Team Reading, our post-conference Team Reading and our conference, which will be held virtually this year from June 8-14, 2022 on Zoom.

TWH Directors and Editors Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven read and consult on each writer’s full length manuscript pre-conference in a “Team Reading”. We work with each writer on their writing from the moment of acceptance. Each writer receives two sets of comments--two editors read each manuscript. We also offer a follow-up phone call to discuss the comments and strategize next steps. +++We are also performing a SECOND full TWH Team Reading post conference. This is an extra special perk since we are not able to meet in-person (this year only, a $2500 value). Many writers feel that the pre-conference reading alone may well be worth the price of admission—this year, each attendee gets two.+++

Following the pre-conference processes, writers meet online via Zoom for our immersive, intense program. Writers workshop their writing in intimate Major Workshops with some of the industry’s top authors, and they attend generative Craft Lab workshops and Lectures. Prose writers pitch one-on-one with literary agents and poets attend a Poetry Industry session. And each writer will read their own original work during our attendee readings.

From our virtual pre-reading process through to conference, TWH takes writers and their writing to the next level. Via TWH, writers bring their work from desk to marketplace. It's an extraordinary opportunity.

::It is $30 to apply. Cost of the program is $3500.::

The Writer's Hotel in the news.

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

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 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 onExaclair'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 Portland Phoenix: "Checking in: 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

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Please visit us on the web at www.writershotel.comor at www.writershotelweekends.comfor more information about our Weekends and/or our All-Fiction "Mini MFA". You can always contact us by email at editors@writershotel.comabout any of our conferences.

::The New Guard literary review is the publishing arm of The Writer's Hotel.:: www.newguardreview.com.::

WRITE BETTER, PUBLISH SMARTER. GET INSPIRED.

The Writer's Hotel Workroom 1 is a virtual one-on-one program.

Application guidelines for The Writer's Hotel Workroom 1 

We run TWH Workrooms 2 in the following genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Screenplay/Scripts. 

The Writer's Hotel Workroom 1 is one full manuscript reading. The Writer's Hotel Workroom 1 is a full manuscript reading is performed by TWH Editors Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair. TWH Editors read and review together as a team of two, so writers get notes from each of us. This reading is performed one time only and includes a follow-up phone call to strategize next steps and talk about agent referrals. This option is best for those writers who wish to do a final polish on their manuscript before sending it out to agents. Cost is $1500. Turnaround is roughly six weeks. 100K words is our maximum reading length, unless we make an exception. All applicants we consider for TWH Workroom 1 will be phoned for an interview.


We offer TWH Workroom 1 on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The Writer's Hotel Workroom 2 is a virtual one-on-one program. 

TWH Workroom 2 includes two full manuscript Team Readings, performed by Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair. TWH Workroom 2 spans a twelve month period, and includes two follow-up phone calls and agency referrals. We run TWH Workrooms 2 in the following genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Screenplay/Scripts. Cost is $2500. Space is limited. TWH Workroom 2 spots tend to fill up quickly and must be reserved in advance. 


Application guidelines for The Writer's Hotel Workroom:
To apply, please submit up to 5000 words of prose, 10 pages of poetry or 15 pages of a Final Draft script . Please include a letter of interest, describing your current projects. And please tell us why you think The Writer's Hotel Workroom 2 would be helpful or meaningful to you as a writer. All applicants we consider for TWH Workroom 2 will be phoned for an interview.


There is no deadline. We offer TWH Workroom 2 on a first-come, first-serve basis. When TWH Workroom 2 is full, we will not accept applications. 

The Writer's Hotel Workroom is a virtual one-on-one program. 

TWH Workroom 5 includes five full manuscript Team Readings, performed by Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair. TWH Workroom 5 spans a fourteen month period, and includes five follow-up phone calls and agency referrals. We run TWH Workrooms 5 in the following genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Screenplay/Scripts. Cost is $5000. Space is limited. TWH Workroom 5 spots tend to fill up quickly and must be reserved in advance. 

Application guidelines for The Writer's Hotel Workroom:

To apply, please submit up to 5000 words of prose, 10 pages of poetry or 15 pages of a Final Draft script . Please include a letter of interest, describing your current projects. And please tell us why you think The Writer's Hotel Workroom 5 would be helpful or meaningful to you as a writer. All applicants we consider for TWH Workroom 5 will be phoned for an interview.

There is no deadline. We offer TWH Workroom 5 on a first-come, first-serve basis. When TWH Workroom 5 is full, we will not accept applications. 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR THE WRITER'S HOTEL VIRTUAL SUMMER FICTION WORKSHOP, AUGUST 6-28 2022 

To apply, please send 5000 words of a fiction manuscript. International applications are welcome. The application writing sample should contain pages of a current "target manuscript". A "target manuscript" is a writer's present writing project--the manuscript that the writer will bring to the Fiction Workshop to pitch to agents. In the application process, we carefully review the 5000 words of this target manuscript. If we move forward with an application, the writer will be contacted for a brief phone interview. During the interview, the writer will have the chance to discuss their writing and writing goals, and we will offer feedback on those first pages. We notify about acceptance following the interview.

COST OF THE PROGRAM
The fee for our TWH Virtual Summer Fiction Workshop is $3,500, which includes both the full manuscript pre-workshop TWH Team Reading and the post-workshop full manuscript TWH Team Reading (performed by two TWH editors) --and it also includes all virtual events August 6-28, including the Workshop with Scott Wolven, Reading Performance Lectures, Practice Pitching Sessions, Agent Pitching Sessions, Meet and Greet Mixers and Attendee Readings.

:: Deadline: Monday, May 16, 2022 at midnight--but please note that we will close applications when we reach capacity, which will likely be much earlier. We look forward to reading your work. ::

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