THE WRITER'S HOTEL IS A SPECIAL HYBRID WRITERS CONFERENCE. The Writer’s Hotel “Mini MFA” is a hybrid writers conference. TWH Editors read and consult on each writer’s full length manuscript (fiction, poetry or nonfiction) pre-conference, followed by a week-long conference in June, set at Midtown hotels. On site events include workshops and agent meetings—and each writer reads their own original work in NYC.

TWH is the only writers conference with a pre-conference manuscript reading and consult built into the programming. TWH Editors read each manuscript and give writers comments and edits before the NYC conference begins in June. The virtual feature begins immediately upon acceptance. Our greatest aim is to support our fellow writers, and we created TWH so that writers can get more from a writers conference than ever before. Working with writers virtually pre-conference helps bring manuscripts into focus before the NYC conference in June, and writers tend to arrive at the conference feeling an artistic momentum, since they've been productive in their writing and have focused hard on craft. From our virtual pre-reading process through to our on-site, week-long 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. 

There are two general components to TWH: the pre-conference reading and the on-site conference in NYC. TWH joins the virtual mentor/mentee feature of the Low-Res Creative Writing MFA with an on-site conference experience in Manhattan. We perform a Team Reading of each attendee's full length manuscript and return the MS to the author with extensive comments, with a follow up phone call to address questions, consult about the work and discuss writing goals. Then, attendees meet in NYC with their polished manuscript ready to pitch to agents and editors. On site in NYC, writers and attend workshops, lectures and round tables, meet fellow writers, agents and editors, go on walking tours and attend literary events. And writers have the extraordinary opportunity to read their own original work at landmark NYC venues: KGB Bar Lit, The Bowery and The Cornelia Street Café. 

TWH NYC takes place at a floating hotel campus between four hotels in Midtown: The Bryant Park Hotel, Library Hotel, The Algonquin Hotel and Cassa Hotel New York. Writers attend intense morning Major Workshops in their chosen genre. In the afternoon, we offer Genre Labs, walking tours and lectures. We also host an afternoon agent pitch session, where several NYC agents meet with writers one-on-one (for example, Folio Lit, Rob Weisbach Creative Management, Curtis, Brown and many more). We also hold a TWH Community Open Mic Night at Bryant Park Hotel to celebrate diversity of voice among the attending writers and to foster our TWH writers community. The Open Mic also prepares writers for their readings in the city (at KGB, The Bowery and Cornelia Street) and they get to hear their classmates and peers read. TWH attendees also have the opportunity to go on literary walking tours, hosted by NYPL docents and The Dorothy Parker Society, and they attend readings by faculty at Kinokuniya Bookstore and The Half King.

::TWH 2018 Faculty includes Naomi Shihab Nye, Marie Howe, Cornelius Eady, Rob Spillman, Marion Winik, Tim Seibles, Jill Bialosky, Elyssa East, Carey Salerno, Erin Harris, Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair, with more faculty TBA.::

::TWH 2017 Poetry Faculty: Virginia Poet Laureate Tim Seibles, second inaugural poet to President Obama Richard Blanco, Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair and Timothy Dyke. Fiction Faculty: Roxana Robinson, Francine Prose, Scott Wolven, Rick Moody, Shanna McNair, Jeff Hill and Elyssa East (Writing for Social Change). Nonfiction Faculty: Mark Doty, Elyssa East and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh. Lecturers include Poets & Writers Editor in Chief Kevin Larimer and Alice James Books Director Carey Salerno.::

Please note: we work with writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. We do not work on scripts.

The application deadline is March 9, 2018, or when our program fills up.  We will close the application portal when the program is full.


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::Stipend and award information::  The Writer's Hotel holds a membership with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Writers and Writing Conferences community. TWH applicants are eligible for AWP's Scholarship Competition for conference attendees, where three $500 conference stipend grants are awarded each year to emerging writers of Fiction, Nonfiction or Poetry. In that spirit, TWH will also award three merit-based stipends of $500 each on site in NYC. TWH stipends will be announced and conferred on site on June 11th, 2018. TWH stipend recipients are chosen at the discretion of our stipend committee.


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To apply, please send the first 5000 words of a prose manuscript or the first 15 poems of a poetry manuscript. The writing sample must not exceed 20 pages. International applications are welcome. It is $30 to apply. We're looking forward to reading your work.

The application writing sample must be the first pages of a current 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. In the application process, we carefully review the first 5000 words (prose) or the first 15 poems 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.  

Two very important things to bear in mind when applying to TWH 2018:

1) We are looking for the first 12-15 poems of your target poetry manuscript (15 pages max) OR the first 15-20 pages (5000 words max) of your target prose manuscript (fiction, memoir or narrative nonfiction--we do not work on scripts).**   

2) If you are submitting a prose sample, please make sure that your prose sample is double spaced. We will only read approximately ten pages of single spaced material. There is a 5000 word limit in the prose submission field.

**What is a "target manuscript"? A target manuscript is your present writing project, the manuscript you intend to bring with you to NYC, should you be accepted to our program.**

:: Deadline is March 9, 2018. The sooner a writer is accepted, the sooner we can get to work with you on your target manuscript. Thanks so much for your interest. We look forward to reading your work. ::

Application guidelines for The Writer's Hotel Private Study option

To apply, please submit up to 5000 words of prose or 15 pages of poetry. Please include a letter of interest, describing your current projects. And please tell us why you think The Writer's Hotel Private Study would be helpful or meaningful to you as a writer.

There is no deadline. We offer Private Study on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is $30 to apply. When Private Study is full, we will not take applications. Usually, there are only a few spots available, as Private Study is very popular and writers tend to compete for spots.