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 Midtown Hotels: The Bryant Park Hotel, Library Hotel, The Algonquin Hotel and Casablanca 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 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 Sapphire, Naomi Shihab Nye, Marie Howe, Taylor Mali, Cornelius Eady, Meghan Daum, Elizabeth Hand, Rob Spillman, Marion Winik, Kimiko Hahn, Tim Seibles, Dinaw Mengestu, Jill Bialosky, Elyssa East, Carey Salerno, Erin Harris, Melissa Faliveno, Dana Isokawa, Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair.

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. 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. 2018 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. 

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 15 pages of poetry of this target manuscript. Prose should be double-spaced. 

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.  

:: Deadline is March 9, 2018. We look forward to reading your work. ::

Ends on December 20, 2018$30.00
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.