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.


THE WRITER'S HOTEL conferences are one-of-a-kind. Join us June 5-11, 2024 ON BOOTHBAY HARBOR!

There is no other writing program like it. The Writer’s Hotel Maine “Mini MFA” is a unique, hybrid, comprehensive writing program. Our programming includes our TWH two-editor pre-conference Team Reading and our conference, held IN-PERSON June 5-11, 2024 at the Spruce Point Inn Resort and Spa in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Faculty: Chris Abani, Richard Blanco, Maine Poet Laureate Julia Bouwsma, Susan Conley, Elyssa East, Jeffrey Ford, Elizabeth Hand, Former Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, Alexandra Oliver, Mira Ptacin, Debra Spark and TWH Directors Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven. 

TWH Directors and Editors Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven read and consult on each writer’s full length manuscript pre-conference in our “TWH Team Reading”. Each writer receives two sets of comments in their Team Reading—two editors read each manuscript. TWH also offers a follow-up phone conference to discuss comments and strategize next steps. 

Following the pre-conference Team Reading process, writers meet in Maine 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 readings and TWH "Salons", intimate readings with feedback. ++This is a semi-hybrid event; our Agent Pitching Sessions and Agent Pitching Practice Session will take place virtually on Zoom on Saturday, June 29th, 2024 fom 11:00 AM-5:00 PM Eastern Time.++ 

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. Submit a cover letter and up to 5000 words of prose or 10 pages of poetry to be considered. Cost of the program is $3500. Application deadline is April 22, 2024 or when we reach capacity. Lodging and food is not included.::


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  Program cost varies.

To apply, submit up to 5000 words of prose, 10 pages of poetry or 15 pages of a Final Draft script. 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.


The Writer's Hotel and The New Guard in the news.

Portland Press Herald's Ray Ruthier: “Mainer moves writing conference from New York City back home”

The Writer’s Hotel on National Public Radio (NPR) with Clifford Brooks of Dante’s Old South Radio Show, on Spotify and Apple Podcast

The Blue Mountain Review Feature (pages 123-125) on The Writer’s Hotel and The New Guard directors, Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven article by Nicole Foor, “The Writer’s Hotel Goes Virtual for Fall Conferences”

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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::The New Guard literary review and High Frequency Press are the publishing arm of The Writer's Hotel.::



APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR TWH MAINE "Mini MFA" All-Genre Writers Conference, June 5-11, 2024

To apply, please follow the instructions to submit 5000 words of your prose manuscript or 15 pages of poetry, along with a cover letter. 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.

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.

The fee for our TWH MAINE "Mini MFA" All-Genre Writers Conference program is $3500, which includes the pre-conference TWH Team Reading (performed by two TWH editors) and on-site events June 5-11 and our follow-up Virtual Agent Pitching Sessions on June 29, 1-5 PM ET. On-site, writers will attend Major Workshops,  Faculty Readings, Craft Labs and TWH Open Mic Night. Each TWH Team Reading includes hundreds of comments, from line edits to developmental edits, and a follow-up phone call to address any questions a writer may have about the generated comments. 

:: Deadline: Monday, April 22, 2024 or when we reach capacity. We look forward to reading your work. Faculty is TBA.::

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