The Writer's Hotel 2018 NYC Writers Conference

NYC, New York, United States

Jun 6 - Jun 12, 2018


We award three stipends on site in NYC. Stipends of $200-$500 are granted in each genre. Stipend decisions are made after all students have registered. Awards are made at the discretion of TWH Directors.

CONTACT: Shanna McNair

The Writer's Hotel is a hybrid writers conference that meets each June at a floating campus between five hotels in Midtown, Manhattan. TWH is not just another writers conference. We work with each writer on their writing from the moment of acceptance.


The Writer’s Hotel “Mini MFA” is a one-of-a-kind conference. TWH Editors read and consult on each writer’s full length manuscript pre-conference, followed by a week-long conference in June. TWH NYC events are set at Midtown hotels: The Library Hotel, The Bryant Park Hotel, The Algonquin Hotel, The Roger Smith Hotel and The Casablanca Hotel. On site events include workshops, lectures and agent pitch sessions. And each writer reads their own original work at a landmark NYC venue: KGB Bar, The Red Room at KGB Bar, Bowery Poetry or The Cornelia Street Café. Faculty readings are another wonderful feature, and are held at Kinokuniya Bookstore and The Half King. From our virtual pre-reading process through to our 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. It's an extraordinary opportunity. ::We work with writers of fiction, poetry and nonfiction.::


Our programming includes two components: the pre-conference TWH Team Reading, performed by both TWH editors; and all NYC on-site events June 6-12. TWH is a unique and comprehensive writing program. We are extremely selective, because of the time we spend with each author's work and because of the small size of each Major Workshop on site.

PRE-CONFERENCE READING: Working with writers virtually pre-conference helps bring manuscripts into focus before the NYC conference in June, so that attendees can bring a polished, newly-considered manuscript to the conference to pitch to agents and/or editors. Each writer receives two sets of comments--two editors read each manuscript. We generate hundreds of comments, from line edits to developmental edits. We also offer a follow-up phone call with both TWH Editors to address any questions a writer may have about those comments. This virtual feature begins immediately upon acceptance. We created TWH so that writers can get more from a writers conference than ever before. Our price is extremely competitive; we feel that the pre-conference reading value alone may well be worth the price of admission. And writers tend to arrive at the conference feeling an artistic momentum since they've been working hard on their manuscripts before they even arrive in NYC.

NYC IN-TOWN EVENTS JUNE 6-12: There are Major Workshops in each genre, craft and publishing lectures and Genre Labs. There are curated attendee readings at KGB, Bowery Poetry and Cornelia Street Cafe, and personalized flyers we design (see posters) for each reading. There are one-on-one literary agent pitch sessions (for example, meetings with agents from Foundry, Rob Weisbach Creative Management, Curtis, Brown, Folio Lit). We host a TWH Community Open Mic Night to foster community and celebrate diversity of voice within the program. And there are literary walking tours to go on, hosted by NYPL docents and The Dorothy Parker Society. All of these events are included in the programming. Our workshops and lectures are led by some of the industry's best publishers, agents and writers, including: 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, Scott Wolven, Shanna McNair, Carey Salerno, Erin Harris, Melissa Faliveno and Dana Isokawa.

Article on The Writer's Hotel, "A New Kind of Writing Program? The Writer's Hotel Master Class" via The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)

TWH on Medium: "The Only Writers Conference I Ever Dreamed of Attending"



Featured Writers Include:

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.

Past Faculty includes Roxana Robinson, Stephen Dunn, Richard Blanco, Tim Seibles, Marie Howe, Tina Chang, Mark Doty, Rick Moody, Francine Prose, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Scott Wolven, Bill Roorbach, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Richard Hoffman, Elyssa East, Shanna McNair, Barbara Hurd, Roger Bonair-Agard, Wesley McNair, Carey Salerno, Kevin Larimer, Bethany Ball, Elaine Trevorrow and Kathleen Aguero.


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


Midtown Manhattan:
Midtown Hotels: Library Hotel, The Roger Smith Hotel, The Bryant Park Hotel, The Algonquin and The Casablanca Hotel
New York, United States

The Writer's Hotel


Please note that since TWH is a part of 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.

TWH will also award three stipends of $500 on site in NYC, to be announced on the last day of classes. TWH stipend recipients are chosen at our sole discretion. Stipend recipients will be announced on our website.

We also are able to point applicants toward credit opportunities via our billing arm, and we can let you know about affordable hotels nearby.