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Conference Insider: Kauai Writers Conference

14 May 2018


Monday, November 5, 2018 – Sunday, November 11, 2018


Kalapaki Bay, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii


The 2018 Kauai Writers Conference offers keynote talks by distinguished authors, one-on-one workshops led by literary agents, editors, and other publishing experts, and intensive master classes to inspire writers of fiction, narrative non-fiction, memoir, screenplays, and poetry, and help all conference participants find their path to publication. Our world-class faculty includes bestselling authors Jane Smiley, Alice Hoffman, Scott Turow, Kristin Hannah, Sara Gruen, Kaui Hart Hemmings, and Garth Stein, among many others. Set on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Kalapaki Beach, the combination of the sublime tropical location with the exceptional quality of our faculty makes the Kauai Writers Conference a life-changing experience for aspiring, and already published, writers. Please check our website for more information:

Admission Fees

Conference: $695
Master Classes: $695 – $1,250
Agent Pitch Sessions: $50
Critique & Consult: $95
Luau: $79
Free phone consultations to help select sessions and answer questions about Kauai Writers Conference options (see website for info.)

Contact Information

David Katz, Executive Director:

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19 March 2014

The Writer’s Hotel & The New Guard literary review are hosting a Writer’s Workshop Master Class in Fiction & Nonfiction in the NYC Midtown area from June 12-17, 2014. Our workshops are getting full. If you are interested in being a part of this upcoming event, please contact us soon. All applications begin with an email inquiry to us at:

*** Please us at and begin your application process. **

Workshop Leaders are Scott WolvenElyssa East and Shanna McNair teaching Fiction, and Richard Hoffman, teaching Nonfiction.

The June, 2014 events of The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction & Nonfiction will be held between three writer’s hotels, The Algonquin HotelThe Library Hotel and The Bryant Park Hotel. Workshops, lectures and seminars will take place at The Library Hotel Writer’s Den and Poetry Garden and at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft and The Loft.

TWH editors Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair are working with writers right away upon acceptance to the Master Class, to polish manuscripts in anticipation of meeting agents on site in June. Scott and Shanna will also be working with accepted writers for a full month after the workshops in NYC. The sooner a writer has the chance to focus and begin work with TWH editors, the better. This offering is unique; writers are normally charged for TWH writing services. At TWH, we aim to help our fellow writers where possible, and this is our way to help bridge the gap between a writer’s desk and an agent’s desk.

The Master Class event is centered on craft and the publishing industry. Each writer will participate in an intensive workshop with a TWH instructor. There will be several lectures and seminars on craft in both Fiction and Nonfiction. Agents and editors will be in attendance for two seminar spots. Writers have the opportunity to interact with those agents and editors face-to-face, and to present their best work for consideration. Each writer will also have the chance to read their own original work at an NYC venue on one of our reading nights.

We are working in cooperation with the wonderful NYC nonprofit, Literary Manhattan, to give the Master Class its proper backdrop, and to honor writers and a city so steeped in literary history. There are literary walking tours and literary events on the docket, including a guided game of “Wink, Murder” at The Algonquin Hotel. Wink, Murder is a parlor game made famous by NYC’s so-called “Vicious Circle.” New York Distilling Company has generously donated bottles of Dorothy Parker Gin for this evening event.

Many Master Class seats have been reserved. The process is selective. There is no application fee; we’ll read your work, free of charge. Should you be accepted, you would be part of an exclusive group of writers. Our Master Class is very small, at only 44 writers total. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for attendees at The Bryant Park Hotel and at The Algonquin. **Rooms at The Library Hotel are now sold out. 

The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction & Nonfiction, 2014 is sponsored in part by The Kirby Family Foundation in cooperation with Creative Portland Corporation.

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Nationally Known Authors Headline Fall 2013 Hillerman Writers Conference

15 May 2013



SANTA FE, NM –A handpicked faculty of award-winning published authors, who are also accomplished teachers, will headline the 2013 Tony Hillerman Writers Conference.

Established to honor author Tony Hillerman, the conference keeps Hillerman’s legacy alive and welcomes writers of all genres and abilities. The 2013 conference will be Nov. 7–9, 2013  in Santa Fe at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza.

The event features faculty members such as:

·      Margaret Coel, award-winning author of the Wind River Mysteries and the Catherine McLeod Novels

·      Kirk Ellis, Emmy-award winning writer of the HBO mini-series John Adams

·      Craig Johnson, New York Times’ best-selling author of the Walt Longmire series that inspired the hit TV drama on A&E. His newest honor is The Rocky for the best mystery novel set in the west. His writing has also been honored with the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award; Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year.

·      David Morrell, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel and the ThrillerMaster Award from the International Thrillers Writers.

·      James McGrath Morris, recipient of two New Mexico Book Awards and the Eagleton-Waters Book Award for his biographies

·      Anne Hillerman, winner of the independent booksellers Mountains and Plains Book Award and first-place honors from the National Federation of Press Women

The conference features workshops on getting published and marketing books, as well as on the craft of writing. It opens with two half-day hands-on workshops for authors on “Perfect Plotting,” facilitated by Margaret Coel, and “Great Openings and Endings,” taught by James McGrath Morris.

The Tony Hillerman Writers Conference is intentionally designed as an intimate event, where writers have the opportunity to interact with and get feedback from faculty members and their fellow writers. “The small size of the conference enables students to interact informally with each other and our faculty at nightly book signings and during our flash critique session with thriller master David Morrell and literary agent Liz Trupin Pulli,” says Anne Hillerman.

“We’re also proud to offer an opportunity for our participants to talk about their work at the ‘New Book/New Author Breakfast’,” says conference co-founder Jean Schaumberg.

The Tony Hillerman Writer’s conference began in 2004. Tony Hillerman offered ideas and encouragement to Schaumberg and co-founder Anne Hillerman until his death in 2008. In selecting faculty, Hillerman and Schaumberg focus on highlighting the wealth of literary talent in New Mexico and the Southwest, of which Tony Hillerman was always a fan.       

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