Who we are

A writers’ conference focused on giving 30 fresh voices in adult or YA literature unprecedented access to the agents, editors and industry experts who can help make dreams come true.

Why boutique

The Work is all about details. From attendees to agents to lunch menus, the weekend’s finer points have been carefully considered and hand-selected.

What to expect

A weekend of intensive attention to your novel, innovative programming, inspired revision, strong coffee, and big fun.

The Work Retreat 2020

The Work Retreat is back for a second year of workshopping, critique, revision and craft! Join us March 27-29, 2020, at the historic Endicott Estate in Dedham, MA.

The Work Retreat is designed for authors of fiction and narrative non-fiction, whose works-in-progress are intended for traditional publication. Participants will workshop up to 50 pages of a WIP in a series of supportive, constructive, small-group sessions led by an editor or agent, and you’ll meet one-on-one with your workshop leader, too. All-faculty panel discussions on topics of craft, revision and industry give participants a chance to hear from and engage with all our experts. You’ll have plenty of time to write throughout the weekend, and the sprawling mansion and estate provide ample space to find your perfect writing nook.

Group-rate accommodations are available at the Courtyard Marriott in Westwood, MA, and shuttle service will be available to hotel guests to/from the venue daily (ride time: approx. 7 minutes). 

Programming begins at 9am on Friday, March 27th, and ends by 2pm on Sunday, March 29th. Out-of-town participants should plan to check-in at the hotel  Thursday evening, March 26th, to ensure timely arrival at the venue on Friday morning.


Early-bird tickets (purchased by 1/31/20): $1000.

Tickets purchased after 1/31/20: $1200.

3-night stay at Courtyard Marriott Boston-Westwood (check-in Thurs. 3/26): + $435

2-night stay at Courtyard Marriott Boston-Westwood (check-in after programming Friday): + $288

Travel costs, including airport shuttle transportation, not included. Those traveling by train should arrive at Amtrak’s Rt-128 station, located directly across from the hotel.

To apply, email a cover/query letter and the first five pages of your manuscript draft to beccaheyman@gmail.com

2020 Retreat Faculty

Amara Hoshijo

Soho Press

Rebecca Heyman

Conference Director

Kerry D’Agostino

Curtis Brown

Rhea Lyons

HG Literary

Rebecca Brewer

Penguin Random House

Loan Le

Atria Books

Sylvan Creekmore

SMP/Wednesday Books

Contact Us

For details, questions or comments about the work, contact:
@TheWorkConf on Twitter
Email The Work Conference


Q: Will my 50-page submission be edited by a publishing professional?

A: Yes and no. We do not require line editing from our workshop leaders, since much of the work at the Retreat is in-progress, but you can expect to receive written notes and personalized feedback during your one-on-one session.

Q: Do I get to choose my editor/agent?

A: Nope. After you put on the Sorting Hat — wait, no. That’s not right. You’ll be placed in a critique group based on your genre, style, and the workshop leader’s specific expertise/interests.

Q: Do I get to read for the other members of my critique group?

A: You sure do! No need to edit others’ submissions, though — that’s for your workshop leader.

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Friends + TWC family: We are honored & moved to have received your inquiries about the future of The Work. At this time, we have no plans for events through June 2021, either in-person or virtual.

😷Wear a mask.
🏠Stay home.
⚠️Be safe.
✅Vote early.
🖋Keep writing.

🚨 Applications close 3/1! 🚨

To apply, send 5pp + query to beccaheyman @gmail.com. Remember, this is a revision/workshop weekend -- no pitching. Let's get those WIPs into the light of day for some high-level feedback. Don't hesitate -- apply today! https://t.co/0QfJZFUreF

#WritingCommunity & #amwriting friends, the deadline for applications to The Work Retreat is 3/1. It would be *amazing* if, somewhere in the collective consciousness, we could agree not to apply all at once at 11:59pm on 2/29. Help us process all submissions quickly -- apply now!

Hey #WritingCommunity and #amwriting friends, please contact us directly to apply for The Work Retreat (instead of calling our venue). We need to receive your application before you start making plans! DM with questions, or send applications to beccaheyman [at] gmail. 🤓❤️

Happy Monday, #WritingCommunity! If you’re revising/refining your Work Retreat submission, don’t hang on too long—you may lose your seat.

- application = 5pp + query
- for retreat, you’ll need 50pp
- perfection is the enemy of progress
- just do it

We still have seats available in this limited-attendance workshop weekend! Take your novel-in-progress to the next level w/ comprehensive feedback, craft-centered programming, & one-on-one editorial support. Apply before the 3/1 deadline! #WritingCommnunity https://t.co/47utkH0YIZ

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What attendees had to say about the 2016 inaugural event

Past Faculty

If you're an agent or editor interested in joining a future Work Conference, please contact theworkconference@gmail.com, or reach out on Twitter via @TheWorkConf.
Laura Apperson
Alex Arnold
Noah Ballard
Carmiel Banasky
Guest Author
Katie Bayerl
Guest Author
Rebecca Brewer
Laura Brown
Natalka Burian
Guest Author
Serena Burdick
Guest Author
Laura Chasen
Stephanie Delman
Matthew Dicks
Guest Author
Heather Flaherty
Kaitlyn Greenidge
Guest Author
Katie Grimm
Natalie Hallak
Erin Harris
Julie Lekstrom Himes
Guest Author
Leon Husock
Annie Hwang
Guy Intoci
Daniel Kirschen
Loan Le
Sarah Levitt
Tiff Liao
Monica Odom
Veronica Park
Elana Roth Parker
Emma Patterson
Soumeya B Roberts
Liz Stein
Jennifer Udden
Carolyn Williams
Kate Johnson
Kent Wolf
Adriann Ranta Zurhellen
Jon Michael Darga
Miranda Hill
Bridget Smith
Sylvan Creekmore
Jim McCarthy
Samantha Fabien