THE WRITER'S HOTEL NYC ALL-FICTION CONFERENCE: JUNE 3-9, 2020
WRITE BETTER, PUBLISH SMARTER. GET INSPIRED.
Faculty includes Rick Moody, Jeffrey Ford, Michael Thomas, James Patrick Kelly, Elizabeth Hand, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Kevin Larimer, Steven Salpeter, and TWH Directors Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven. More faculty is TBA.
WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO OFFER AN ALL-FICTION CONFERENCE IN NYC!
2020 will be a very special year for The Writer’s Hotel and the greater TWH community. 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 IS A SPECIAL HYBRID WRITERS CONFERENCE
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.
TWO PROGRAM COMPONENTS ARE INCLUDED
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.
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 ‘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"
TWH on The Portland Phoenix: "Checking in: The New Guard and The Writer's Hotel"
*The Writer's Hotel holds a membership with the WC&C
::Stipend and award information:: TWH offers three stipends of $500 each year. In 2020, we will be awarding three Fiction stipends. Our Sara Patton Stipends are awarded on site in NYC on the last day of our conference. The Writer's Hotel holds a membership with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Writers and Writing Conferences community. Because of this membership, all TWH attendees are also eligible to enter AWP's Kurt Brown Prizes competition. AWP's Kurt Brown Prizes also honor three writers each year with $500 and an annual online announcement. In that spirit, TWH also awards three merit-based stipends of $500 each on site in NYC. Three fiction writers will be awarded the 2020 stipend. Stipends are be announced and conferred on site. TWH stipend recipients are chosen at the discretion of our stipend committee.
Please visit us on the web at www.writershotel.com for more information, and you can always contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
::The New Guard literary review is the publishing arm of The Writer's Hotel,:: www.newguardreview.com.::
APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR THE WRITER'S HOTEL NYC ALL-FICTION WRITER'S CONFERENCE | "MINI MFA": JUNE 3-9, 2020
To apply, submit only the first 5000 words of a fiction manuscript. Writers may submit work in any fiction sub-genre. Novels, novels-in-progress, short stories, and short story collections-in-progress are all welcome. The application writing sample must be the first pages of a current target manuscript. Writers may apply below via the Submittable submission button. It is $30 to apply.
In order to be eligible for TWH 2020, writers should be working on an unpublished target manuscript. A target manuscript is a writer's present writing project--the manuscript that the writer will bring to NYC and present to agents or editors. This target manuscript can be a work-in-progress or it can be full-length draft. Writers should have at least 30-50 finished, polished pages by June, 2020, in order to pitch their manuscript to agents on-site.
Please note that we do not work on full-length manuscripts that are over 100K words. 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 opportunity to discuss their writing and writing goals. We process our applications as quickly as possible. If we feel that a writer is a good fit for TWH, we will work through the acceptance materials quickly. We are prompt to notify about acceptance status, and prompt to begin our pre-conference Team Reading,so that writers can benefit right away from our editing and feedback process.
:: Deadline: Saturday, March 9, 2020 at midnight. We look forward to reading your work. ::
APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR THE WRITER'S HOTEL NYC POETRY WEEKEND, 2020
To apply, submit 10 pages of poetry. It is $30 to apply.
Poets will be contacted via email regarding acceptance status. If a poet is accepted, they will receive a letter of congratulations from us. We process our applications as quickly as possible, and we will work through the acceptance materials quickly. We are prompt to notify about acceptance status. Poets will have two weeks to move forward with acceptance and reserve their spot in the program. If a poet does not reserve within that time period, the spot will be forfeited. Space is limited. We are very selective. Please note we will accept no more than 40 poets for this program.
::We will continue to accept applications until the program is filled or March 28, 2020--whichever comes first. We look forward to reading your work. ::