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 Conference vibe is “You’re part of this, just keep working.” This approach, coupled with the industry panels — the tough love — make it THE most valuable conference anyone trying to make it in this business should attend.

– H. Dhillon, TWC 2017 Attendee

Introducing: The Work Weekend

The Work Conference is proud to present THE WORK WEEKEND, a three-day writing and learning intensive staged at the historic Endicott Estate in Dedham, MA. Attendees will have the opportunity to workshop 50 pages of a novel-in-progress, in small groups and one-on-one with leading editors from major publishing houses. Craft lectures, breakout sessions, creative writing labs, and time to write and reflect will be part of your day-to-day schedule — as will TWC signatures like our candy and pen buffets, catered meals, and other experiential details designed with you in mind. 

Authors of YA or adult fiction welcome. Attendance will be limited to 16 authors. Pricing (TBA) will include hotel accommodation and daily shuttle service to/from the workshop venue. 

Further details will be released soon. Follow us on Twitter (@TheWorkConf) to learn more!

Please prepare the first 10 pages of your manuscript according to the formatting specifications noted in the application, and a brief query letter.

We will convene in New York City on March 23, 24 & 25th 2018.

2018 Faculty

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2018 Schedule

Day 1
23 Mar 2018
Day 2
24 Mar 2018
Day 3
25 Mar 2018

Contact Us

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


Q: Will the 2018 ticket include accommodations?

A: No. After experimenting with accommodation solutions for two years, we’ve learned that what our attendees really want is to stay where they please. While we encourage you to stay as close to the venue as possible, the choice is yours. 

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Tuition for the 2018 conference — which includes attendance at all programming, two agent one-on-ones, a two-hour small-group workshop, all social events, catered lunches, breakfast each morning, our keynote brunch, bookish gifts, our candy and pen buffets, and countless details large and small — is $2000.

Q: Are there scholarships available?

A: The 2018 scholarship contest saw some truly brilliant applicants, and a winner was selected in June. 


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What attendees had to say about the 2016 inaugural event