The Writer's Hotel

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The Writer's Hotel application portal for 2016 is now closed. Thanks to all who applied to TWH 2016! Thank you for sending us your work, and thank you for your interest in and our NYC "Mini MFA." We got in applications from all over the world, and competition was stiff. Our program is very small and selective, and we are able to accept only a limited number of writers each year. We saw a lot of potential. We got to read some inspired stories, essays and poems, and got to discuss writing and writing goals with applicants. What an incredible process all around. Thank you again! Please keep writing, and we will, too.

The Writer's Hotel in NYC will be held again next year from JUNE 7-13, 2017. Our 2017 writers conference will take place in Midtown Manhattan at all three of the same hotels and at the same reading venues, except attending poets will read at The Bowery. Faculty is TBA. The application cycle for TWH 2017 will officially open on June 13, 2016.Inquiries into early application for the 2017 conference are welcome, and some have already applied for the next conference. If you are interested in applying, please contact us directly at 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 reach out to us if you wish to be considered.


AWP's article on our unique program:

Our trailer for 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, TWH Editors read each target manuscript twice. TWH Editors also work to connect writers with publishing opportunities.

Via TWH, you'll take your writing from your desk to the publishing marketplace, right in the heart of New York City. You'll get to read your work at a well-known NYC venue, like KGB Bar Lit, Book Culture or Cornelia Street. You'll go to daily events held in inspiring locations, like the penthouse lofts of The Bryant Park Hotel and Library Hotel, and the Round Room of The Algonquin. You'll participate in several intensive writing workshops, attend lectures, pitch meetings and literary events, and go on historic literary walking tours. And you'll take your writing to the next level. 

TWH 2016 workshop leaders are Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair, Fiction; Meghan Daum, Nonfiction; Tim Seibles and Roger Bonair-Agard, Poetry. TWH 2016 Genre Lab Leaders, Poetry: Former NY Poet Laureate Marie Howe and Current Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair; Fiction: Bill Roorbach and Scott Wolven, and Nonfiction: Elyssa East. 2016 Lecturers include Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of Poets & Writers, Elaine Trevorrow of Blue Flower Arts, Carey Salerno of Alice James Books and writer Bethany Ball. Faculty Assistants are Adeeba Afshan Rana and Erica Vega. 


::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 6th. TWH stipend recipients are chosen at the discretion of our stipend committee.


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::The Writer's Hotel is the teaching and editorial arm of The New