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.
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.
A weekend of intensive attention to your novel, innovative programming, inspired revision, strong coffee, and big fun.
The Work Weekend is full!
Stay tuned for information about The Work Conference, currently scheduled for October 2019.
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.
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.
A: There are no scholarships 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.
The Work Conference is a force for writers serious about craft and the business of publication. The conference details were created with a thoughtful attention to all the participants […] That approach makes this debut conference a quintessential stop in a novelist’s year of writing.
The Work Conference broke down the barriers between writers, agents and editors. We spent three days together learning, talking, editing, sharing meals and going to happy hour. The casual environment made it easy to ask questions, whether in a workshop, a one-on-one meeting, or after hours in a karaoke bar.
This is the best conference I have ever been to, bar none. It doesn’t just raise the bar for what a conference should be like. It throws away the bar and does cartwheels across the mat.
A great educational choice for writers poised to breakthrough and become published.
Not only did this past weekend light a fire in me to take my writing to the next level, it also gave me the self-esteem to participate more in the writing community. I feel truly special and very fortunate to have been a part of this inaugural conference.
The panel discussions were superior to those I’ve been to at larger conferences (and many of those were good). There was an unhurried conversational feel to the discussions, and their depth was immensely helpful.
You felt like you were away at the most amazing summer camp ever and every day was rainbows, sunshine and a careful and measured dose of good reality.
Typically conferences do not give you a real chance to network, talk, make friends and/or critique partners. This was different.
Just when I thought the panels could not get any better, the next one came along. Every topic was relevant to me. The support from other attendees was mind-blowing.
Everyone came with an open mind and open heart, ready to meet other writers, learn and share. I made some great connections and got a deeper understanding of how others hear my work.