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 or editors at the start of the conference.

  • Small-group workshops. Every author will participate in a workshop-style session that focuses on specific issues of craft common to all manuscripts or authors in the group.

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

Submission window for the 2017 conference opens in:


Plans for The Work Conference 2017 are currently in-progress. We will again convene in New York City on March 24, 25 and 26.

The submission window for the 2017 event will be open OCTOBER 1st through OCTOBER 31st 2016.

More information to come as details are finalized, including profiles for participating agents and editors, and the weekend’s proposed schedule. In the interim, please don’t hesitate to contact us via Twitter (@TheWorkConf) or email (theworkconference@gmail.com).


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


Does the all-inclusive ticket include accommodation? No. Once we have a clear picture of how many attendees will require rooms, we'll secure a room block at a nearby hotel. Because not all attendees will require rooms, this cost will not be covered by The Work.

Are any scholarships available? Not at this time.

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