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 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. Concerned about accommodations? We’ve secured an excellent room rate at a hotel just minutes from this year’s venue.

Please prepare the first 10 pages of your manuscript (1″ margins, double spaced, TNR or similar 12pt font, pages numbered in bottom right corner, surname/title in header) and a brief query letter.

We will convene in New York City on March 24, 25 & 26, 2017.


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Venue: The Farm Soho


This sun-soaked, spacious urban retreat center in the heart of downtown has plenty of room for panel discussions, small-group workshops, socializing, and of course a candy buffet.


What to expect during the weekend-long conference
Day 1
01 Oct 2016
Day 2
24 Mar 2017
Day 3
25 Mar 2017
Day 4
26 Mar 2017

2017 Submission Window


Author Ice Breaker

Meet the Agents

12:15 pm-1:00 pm


Author Readings

Cocktail Mixer

Panel Session A

Panel Session B

Panel Session C

12:30 pm-1:45 pm


7:00 pm

Surprise Event

The Work Cmcj_logo_round_400x400onference is proud & honored to announce a collaboration with the McNally Jackson bookstore, an independent retailer, café, and publisher in the heart of Soho. The only thing better than gifting our attendees superb books is simultaneously supporting a paragon of bookseller excellence. In addition to purchasing all conference reading material from McNally, we’ll also be supplying attendees with gift cards to use in-store during the weekend.



Contact Us

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


Q: Are accommodations included in this year’s ticket price?

A: No. However, we’ve secured a room block and a fantastic room rate at the Solita Soho Hotel. The Solita is just a three-minute walk from our venue, and the hotel’s boutique size (just 42 rooms) means that attendees & faculty will ostensibly take over the entire establishment. Approximate cost to stay at the Solita beginning Thursday night and checking out Sunday is $613-682 (depending on room size, and inclusive of all taxes and fees). 

Q: Can’t I just find a place to stay using AirBnB?

A: You could…but we don’t recommend it. For starters, last year’s attendees who utilized AirBnB encountered inconsistency and long commutes to our venue. We don’t think you can beat the price we’ve negotiated for comparable accommodations in the area, either. In addition to easing logistics, staying at the Solita means we can surprise you with little perks, like fresh chocolate chip cookies delivered to your room. In short, to get the most out of TWC17, take advantage of the room block!

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Tuition for this year’s 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 $1700. Wondering about the price hike from last year’s event? Our upgraded venue and expanded faculty necessitated a tuition bump. We hope to stabilize at this price for at least the next 2-3 years.

Q: Are there scholarships available?

A: No, but there *will* be opportunities to snag discounted submission fees or other savings. Follow @TheWorkConf on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss out!



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What attendees had to say about the 2016 inaugural event