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

The Work is a boutique writers’ conference, meaning it’s purposefully small, highly personalized, and focused on bringing 30 hard-working authors together for an unforgettable weekend. Some highlights include:

  • Limited attendance. Acceptance to the conference is based on manuscript quality.

  • A creative collective. Attendees will share common ground as writers of YA or adult fiction with literary or upmarket potential.

  • Close readings. Authors will meet with 2 agents at the start of the conference, for feedback on a 10-page submission and query letter.

  • Small-group workshops. Every author will participate in a workshop-style session led by a publishing-house editor. Workshops will focus on specific issues of craft common to all manuscripts or authors in the group; this year, everyone in the group will read each other’s submissions.

  • All-inclusive. Agent one-on-ones, attendance at all sessions, small-group workshop, participation in social events, and most meals: it’s all covered by your tuition.

2018 Keynote Selection

WINNER of the Center for Fiction’s 2017 First Novel Prize

“Himes’s confident, carefully crafted debut novel…adeptly details brutality and betrayal as well as creativity and the uncertainties of censorship…”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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

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

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