THE WRITER'S HOTEL IS A HYBRID WRITERS CONFERENCE that meets each June in NYC. Our conference is held at a hotel campus between three hotels in Midtown: The Bryant Park Hotel, Library Hotel and The Algonquin Hotel. The Writer's Hotel is not just another writers conference. The environment we foster is much like that of a Creative Writing MFA community. We work with each writer on a target manuscript from the moment of acceptance. We offer the rare opportunity to polish manuscripts with professional editors before meeting with instructors, writers, agents, industry professionals and editors on site. Writers tend to arrive at the conference feeling an artistic momentum, since they've been productive in their writing, and have focused on craft. Writers tend to come ready to bring their work to market at the heart of the publishing industry in New York City. There is no other writers conference quite like The Writer's Hotel. 

We are writers ourselves, and strove to create new kind of program--an alternative to the conference or the Creative Writing MFA that is affordable, better, leaner. At TWH, each writer receives personal attention and is given practical approaches to navigating the publishing industry. Before arrival in NYC for the conference on site, we give a team reading of each manuscript and offer comments and feedback.

Via TWH, you'll take your writing from your desk to the publishing marketplace, right in the heart of New York City.  You'll participate in several intensive writing workshops and attend lectures and pitch meetings held in inspiring locations, like the penthouse lofts of The Bryant Park Hotel and Library Hotel. On our weekend reading nights, you'll have the extraordinary opportunity to read your own original work in the city at a well-known venue--at KGB Bar Lit, The Bowery or The Cornelia Street Café. You'll go to daily events and literary walking tours, hosted by NYPL docents and The Dorothy Parker Society. We also offer a private Open Mic Night at Bryant Park Hotel for all attending writers. You'll have a lot of fun, work hard, and you'll take your writing to the next level. 

We also run a virtual component at TWH, Private Study. Private Study is offered by the year to just a few writers. We allow for unlimited pages in Private Study, and two editors read and comment on the work. Agency connections will be attempted where appropriate. Please apply if you wish to be considered.

::TWH 2017 Poetry Faculty: Virginia Poet Laureate Tim Seibles, second inaugural poet to President Obama Richard Blanco, Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang and Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair. Fiction Faculty: Roxana Robinson, Francine Prose, Scott Wolven, Rick Moody, Elyssa East (Writing for Social Change), Shanna McNair and Bethany Ball. 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. Faculty Assistants are Adeeba Afshan Rana and Erica Vega. Our 2017 Teaching Assistants are Scott Branks del Llano, Timothy Dyke, Pete Follansbee, Jenny Grosvenor, V. Hansmann, Parks Kugle and Mark Wagstaff.::


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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 12th, 2017. 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 $20 to apply. We put a lot of energy and time into our application process. 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 2017:

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).**   

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.**

Application guidelines for The Writer's Hotel Private Study option

It's simple 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. 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.