THE WRITER'S HOTEL CONFERENCES IN FICTION, NONFICTION & POETRY: WRITE BETTER, PUBLISH SMARTER. GET INSPIRED.

Our virtual one-on-one TWH Workroom Program is open Workroom runs for a 14-month period and TWH Editors read five full-length manuscripts and made extensive notes. We are also performing TWH One-Off Critiques, which are two-editor Team Readings of manuscripts for those writers looking to polish their manuscripts on a one-time basis. Each program includes follow-up phone call strategy meetings, and agent referrals are made as appropriate. 

For more about TWH Workroom and the guidelines, PLEASE CLICK HERE. 

The Writer's Hotel Workroom is a virtual one-on-one program. TWH Workroom includes five full manuscript Team Readings, performed by Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair. Workroom spans a fourteen month period, and includes five follow-up phone calls and agency referrals. We run Workrooms in the following genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Screenplay/Scripts. Cost is $3,500. Space is limited. Workroom spots tend to fill up quickly and must be reserved in advance. Current start dates are September 1, 2021 and October 15, 2021.

The Writer's Hotel One-Off Critique is a full manuscript reading. This reading is performed by TWH Editors Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair. TWH Editors read and review together as a team of two, so writers get notes from each editor. This reading is performed one time only and includes a follow-up phone call to strategize next steps and talk about agent referrals. This option is best for those writers who wish to do a final polish on their manuscript before sending it out to agents. Cost is $1500. Space is limited. Turnaround is roughly six weeks. 100K words is our maximum reading length, unless we make an exception.

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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 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"

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 Writer's Hotel Virtual Poetry Weekend runs June 10-14, 2021. 

At our TWH five-day virtual weekends, writers study with phenomenal writers in an intimate virtual conference setting. We run immersion programming. Writers should plan to spend five days working on their writing. 

TWH 2021 Poetry Faculty: Jorie Graham, Ellen Bass, Peter Balakian, Diane Ackerman, Marge Piercy, Kim Addonizio, Tim Seibles, Ada Limón, Jenny Xie, Camille T. Dungy, Sherwin Bitsui, Major Jackson, Alberto Ríos, Thomas Lynch, Samiya Bashir,  Alexandra Oliver, Kevin Larimer and TWH Directors Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven. Our Poetry Weekend application deadline has passed. 

The Writer's Hotel Virtual Fiction Weekend has concluded; the program ran online May 20-24, 2021. 

TWH 2021 Fiction Faculty: Mary Gaitskill, Lidia Yuknavitch, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Rick Moody, Nami Mun, Cristina García, Chris Abani, Pam Houston, Kwame Dawes, Tod Goldberg, Marie Myung ok-Lee, Justin Torres, Elizabeth Hand, Jeffrey Ford, Isabella Hammad, Dan Chaon, Elyssa East, Kevin Larimer of Poets & Writers, Steven Salpeter of Curtis Brown, Ltd., Jennie Dunham of Dunham Literary, Inc., and TWH Directors Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven. Work on your writing with the best of the best! Pitch one-on-one to agents, attend generative workshops, read your work and more. www.writershotelweekends.com The Writer's Hotel Virtual Fiction Weekend runs May 20-24, 2021. 

::Due to COVID-19 concerns, The Writer’s Hotel Conferences will be all-virtual in 2021. We appreciate your understanding. Our writers’ safety is our most important concern. Please stay safe and well.::

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Please visit us on the web at www.writershotel.com or at www.writershotelweekends.com for more information about our Weekends and/or our All-Fiction "Mini MFA". You can always contact us by email at editors@writershotel.com about any of our conferences.

::The New Guard literary review is the publishing arm of The Writer's Hotel.:: www.newguardreview.com.::  

Application guidelines for The Writer's Hotel One-Off Critiques

The Writer's Hotel One-Off Critique is a full manuscript reading. The Writer's Hotel One-Off Critique is a full manuscript reading is performed by TWH Editors Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair. TWH Editors read and review together as a team of two, so writers get notes from each of us. This reading is performed one time only and includes a follow-up phone call to strategize next steps and talk about agent referrals. This option is best for those writers who wish to do a final polish on their manuscript before sending it out to agents. Cost is $1500. Turnaround is roughly six weeks. 100K words is our maximum reading length, unless we make an exception. All applicants we consider for One-Off Critiques will be phoned for an interview.


We offer TWH One-Off Critiques on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The Writer's Hotel Workroom is a virtual one-on-one program. TWH Workroom includes five full manuscript Team Readings, performed by Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair. Workroom spans a fourteen month period, and includes five follow-up phone calls and agency referrals. We run Workrooms in the following genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Screenplay/Scripts. Cost is $3,500. Space is limited. Workroom spots tend to fill up quickly and must be reserved in advance. Current start dates are September 1, 2021 and October 15, 2021.

Application guidelines for The Writer's Hotel Workroom:

To apply, please submit up to 5000 words of prose, 10 pages of poetry or 15 pages of a Final Draft script . Please include a letter of interest, describing your current projects. And please tell us why you think The Writer's Hotel Workroom would be helpful or meaningful to you as a writer. All applicants we consider for TWH Workroom will be phoned for an interview.

There is no deadline. We offer TWH Workroom on a first-come, first-serve basis. When Workroom is full, we will not accept applications. 

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