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.

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, as well as narrative non-fiction (memoirs, essay collections) welcome. Attendance will be limited to 20 authors, and admissions are rolling — so apply early! Applicants will be vetted for high work quality.

Details about pricing and accommodations can be found in the FAQ at the bottom of this page. Follow us on Twitter (@TheWorkConf) to ask questions and learn more!

The Work Weekend is full!

Stay tuned for information about The Work Conference, currently scheduled for October 2019.

2019 Faculty

Click faculty name below photo for bio, wish list & more

The Work Weekend Program

Day 1
29 Mar 2019
Day 2
30 Mar 2019
Day 3
31 Mar 2019


Mindfulness Meditation


The Last Word

Contact Us

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


Q: What accommodations are available for The Work Weekend?

A: We’ve negotiated a great rate at the brand-new Courtyard by Marriott Boston/Dedham-Westwood. Daily shuttle service will be provided from the hotel to our venue, just 10 minutes away. Room shares are available to writers applying with a buddy — simply specify your preference once both of you have confirmed attendance.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Pricing for The Work Weekend is as follows:

  • EARLY BIRD TICKETS available until November 1, 2018. Workshop + hotel: $1375. Workshop only: $1000.

  • REGULAR-RATE TICKETS available until January 31, 2019. Workshop + hotel: $1575. Workshop only: $1200.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Attendance is limited to 20 authors. Admissions are rolling, and once we’re fully committed — that’s it. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Q: Are there scholarships available?

A: There are no scholarships to The Work Weekend. 

Q: Who should apply to The Work Weekend?

A: The Work Weekend is designed for authors of fiction and narrative non-fiction (memoir, essay collections). You do not need a completed manuscript to participate in the workshop, and in fact, works-in-progress might benefit most of all. Still, applicants will be vetted for high work quality; we’re looking for sophisticated, if early, drafts. 

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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.
Alex Arnold
Noah Ballard
Carmiel Banasky
Guest Author
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
Carrie Howland
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
Kate Wolf
Kent Wolf
Adriann Ranta Zurhellen