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.

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TWH conferences are one-of-a-kind.

The Writer’s Hotel Virtual Poetry Weekend: October 12-16, 2022.

All generative, all star! Are you ready? Join us. Workshops, readings, lectures and more.

TWH Virtual Weekend Conferences are tailored to writers who are looking to generate new writing and are serious about craft. The Writer’s Hotel Virtual Poetry Weekend Conference is a five-day “weekend” packed with offerings. Weekend conferences center on creating new work, and are designed to provide writers with the tools and the inspiration they need to truly flourish. From the creative side of writing to the business end of publication, The Writer’s Hotel Weekend Conferences cover it all. And each poet reads their original work in our TWH Virtual Reading Series. To apply, submit 10 pages of poetry. It is $25 to apply. Poets will be contacted via email regarding acceptance status. If a poet is accepted, they will receive a letter of congratulations from us. We process our applications as quickly as possible, and are prompt to notify about acceptance status.

::We'll continue to accept applications until the program is filled or September 30, 2022--whichever comes first. We look forward to reading your work. ::

The Writer’s Hotel Virtual Pitching & Marketing Weekend: December 2-4, 2022.

Take your manuscript to market—from the comfort of home!

Pitch your manuscript like a pro to top literary agents one-on-one via Zoom! Start your publishing journey today. Learn the tools of the trade from top industry professionals: how to successfully pitch your book, how to craft a query letter and best practices for submitting to literary reviews and small presses. You’ll also find out how to brand and market your writing as you build your writing career.

If you have a completed fiction or nonfiction manuscript or a manuscript-in-progress that you’d like to pitch and you just need a little traction—this is the perfect opportunity for you. TWH will guide you through the process. Manuscripts-in-progress are fine to pitch, especially if you have a complete-by date in sight (you can submit to an interested agent up to eight months after your successful pitch).

We anticipate at least 13-15 top literary agents will hear pitches--and we expect writers will have enough time with agents to have meaningful pitching sessions. The cost of the three-day weekend is $900 and includes all sessions. Space is limited.

::We'll continue to accept applications until the program is filled or November 11, 2022--whichever comes first. We look forward to reading your work. ::

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 5). 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.

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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 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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Please visit us on the web at www.writershotel.com for more information. You can always contact us by email at editors@writershotel.com about any of our programs.

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

WRITE BETTER, PUBLISH SMARTER. GET INSPIRED.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR TWH MAINE "Mini MFA" All-Fiction Writers Conference, May 24-30, 2023

To apply, please follow the instructions to submit 5000 words of your fiction manuscript, 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. In the application process, we carefully review the 5000 words a 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. 


The fee for our TWH MAINE "Mini MFA" All-Fiction Writers Conference program is $3,500, which includes the pre-conference TWH Team Reading (performed by two TWH editors) and on-site events May 24-30 and our follow-up Virtual Agent Pitching Sessions on June 10, 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, March 20, 2023 at midnight--but please note that we will close applications when we reach capacity, which will likely be much earlier. We look forward to reading your work. ::

The Writer's Hotel Workroom 1 is a virtual one-on-one program.

Application guidelines for The Writer's Hotel Workroom 1 

We run TWH Workrooms 2 in the following genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Screenplay/Scripts. 

The Writer's Hotel Workroom 1 is one full manuscript reading. The Writer's Hotel Workroom 1 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 TWH Workroom 1 will be phoned for an interview.


We offer TWH Workroom 1 on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The Writer's Hotel Workroom 2 is a virtual one-on-one program. 

TWH Workroom 2 includes two full manuscript Team Readings, performed by Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair. TWH Workroom 2 spans a twelve month period, and includes two follow-up phone calls and agency referrals. We run TWH Workrooms 2 in the following genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Screenplay/Scripts. Cost is $2500. Space is limited. TWH Workroom 2 spots tend to fill up quickly and must be reserved in advance. 


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 2 would be helpful or meaningful to you as a writer. All applicants we consider for TWH Workroom 2 will be phoned for an interview.


There is no deadline. We offer TWH Workroom 2 on a first-come, first-serve basis. When TWH Workroom 2 is full, we will not accept applications. 

The Writer's Hotel Workroom is a virtual one-on-one program. 

TWH Workroom 5 includes five full manuscript Team Readings, performed by Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair. TWH Workroom 5 spans a fourteen month period, and includes five follow-up phone calls and agency referrals. We run TWH Workrooms 5 in the following genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Screenplay/Scripts. Cost is $5000. Space is limited. TWH Workroom 5 spots tend to fill up quickly and must be reserved in advance. 

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 5 would be helpful or meaningful to you as a writer. All applicants we consider for TWH Workroom 5 will be phoned for an interview.

There is no deadline. We offer TWH Workroom 5 on a first-come, first-serve basis. When TWH Workroom 5 is full, we will not accept applications. 

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