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.

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The Work Conference 2019

The Work Conference will return to MEET on Chrystie for our 2019 event, convening October 11-13th. We’re still finalizing faculty details, but will keep the carousel below up-to-date. As always, we will maintain a 2:1 student-to-faculty ratio. 

Authors in attendance will participate in two agent one-on-ones, a 2.5-hour small-group critique workshop led by a publishing-house editor, dynamic panel programming, lectures, pitch practice, and more. Your all-inclusive ticket covers daily programming, our Friday night cocktail party, catered meals, unlimited coffee & beverage service, access to our candy and pen buffets, and lots of thoughtful details. 

Writers of YA or adult fiction, as well as narrative non-fiction (memoirs, essay collections) welcome. Attendance will be limited to 30 authors, and admissions are both vetted and rolling; the application window will open this summer, and we recommend applying early!

This year’s tuition will be $1950.00. Early-bird discounts and details about a full scholarship opportunity will be posted once the submission window opens. Follow us on Twitter (@TheWorkConf) and sign up for our newsletter to stay in the know about all things TWC.

2019 Faculty

We're still finalizing our faculty for the Fall 2019 conference. Stay tuned for updates!

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
Editor
Alex Arnold
Editor
Noah Ballard
Agent
Carmiel Banasky
Guest Author
Katie Bayerl
Guest Author
Rebecca Brewer
Editor
Laura Brown
Editor
Natalka Burian
Guest Author
Serena Burdick
Guest Author
Laura Chasen
Editor
Stephanie Delman
Agent
Matthew Dicks
Guest Author
Heather Flaherty
Agent
Kaitlyn Greenidge
Guest Author
Katie Grimm
Agent
Natalie Hallak
Editor
Erin Harris
Agent
Julie Lekstrom Himes
Guest Author
Leon Husock
Agent
Annie Hwang
Agent
Guy Intoci
Editor
Daniel Kirschen
Agent
Loan Le
Editor
Sarah Levitt
Agent
Tiff Liao
Editor
Monica Odom
Agent
Veronica Park
Agent
Elana Roth Parker
Agent
Emma Patterson
Agent
Soumeya B Roberts
Agent
Liz Stein
Editor
Jennifer Udden
Agent
Carolyn Williams
Editor
Kate Wolf
Agent
Kent Wolf
Agent
Adriann Ranta Zurhellen
Agent

Testimonials

What attendees had to say about the 2016 inaugural event

Contact Us

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

FAQ

Q: Is there a room block for The Work Conference?

A: Nope! Experience has taught us that attendees prefer to arrange their own accommodations across a variety of platforms.

Q: What is TWC 2019 tuition?

A: Tickets to this year’s conference are $1950. Early-bird specials and one full scholarship will be available; details to follow once faculty is finalized.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Attendance is limited to 30 authors. Admissions are rolling, and once we’re fully committed — that’s it. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

 

Q: Who should apply to The Work Conference?

A: TWC is designed for query-ready authors working across a variety of fiction genres, and narrative non-fiction (memoir, essay collections). Authors with freshly-minted first drafts likely won’t find the program a good fit. Unsure? The best way to find out if you’re ready for TWC is to apply! Conference Director Rebecca Heyman provides in-depth feedback to all applicants; if you’re not ready, she’ll tell you!

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