The Writer's Hotel 2020 Virtual All-Fiction Writers Conference

New York, United States

Oct 14 - Oct 20, 2020


We award three $500 stipends to three different writers during the conference.

CONTACT: Shanna McNair

The Writer's Hotel is a hybrid writers conference "Mini MFA". We read each participant's full-length manuscript pre-conference. TWH is not just another writers conference. We work with each writer on their writing from the moment of acceptance.


Our programming includes two components: the pre-conference TWH Team Reading, performed by both TWH editors; and all virtual events October 14-20. 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.

PRE-CONFERENCE READING: Working with writers virtually pre-conference helps bring manuscripts into focus before the virtual conference in October, 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 participate with the full cohort.

VIRTUAL EVENTS OCTOBER 14-20: There are Major Workshops in each genre, craft and publishing lectures and Genre Labs. There are curated attendee readings, 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 also host a (virtual) TWH Community Open Mic Night to foster community and celebrate diversity of voice within the program. 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.

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TWH on Lumina: "In Conversation with Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven"


Featured Writers Include:

TWH 2020 Faculty: Rick Moody, Jeffrey Ford, Michael Thomas, James Patrick Kelly, Ernesto Quiñonez, Elizabeth Hand, Robyn Schneider, Francine Prose, Sapphire, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Kevin Larimer, Steven Salpeter, and TWH Directors Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven.

Past Faculty: Marie Howe, Mark Doty, Cornelius Eady, Juan Felipe Herrera, Meghan Daum, Alexandra Oliver, Tina Chang, Richard Hoffman, Rob Spillman, Ben Grange, Carey Salerno, Lewis Robinson, Richard Blanco, Roxana Robinson, Sapphire, Naomi Shihab Nye, Stephen Dunn, Tim Seibles, Dinaw Mengestu, Jill Bialosky, Kimiko Hahn, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Bill Roorbach, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Barbara Hurd, Erin Harris, Marion Winik, Wesley McNair, Dana Isokawa, Melissa Faliveno, Elaine Trevorrow, Bethany Ball and Kathleen Aguero.




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.

TWH will also award three stipends of $500 during the virtual conference, 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.