Writing By Writers (WxW) is a 501(c)3 non profit organization whose mission is to create a rigorous and compassionate environment to learn the art of reading and writing from accomplished authors. WxW hosts multi-day writing workshops for people interested in writing fiction, non-fiction, memoir and poetry. The workshops are taught by nationally known, published authors, who are adept at teaching the craft of writing to all levels of student. In addition, participants learn how to read other’s work critically and apply those lessons to their own writing.
The Writing By Writers Manuscript Boot Camp is for the writer who has a full book-length manuscript (novel, memoir, or short story collection) and would like to engage with a small group for a serious and productive response. The long weekend will include an intimate full manuscript workshop, craft talks, readings, an agent panel and individual agent meetings – the perfect pre-publication boot camp for any manuscript. Classes are limited to 5 participants. For information on how to apply, please click here.
When: Spring Session: April 6 - 9, 2018 at Granlibakken Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, California.
Tuition: Full tuition is $3,250 which includes a manuscript review of up to 300 pages ($100 for every additional 25 pages), 3 days of workshop, admittance to all craft talks, panels and readings, a one-on-one with an agent/editor, and all meals and lodging in a shared room for three nights. Writing By Writers would like to thank the faculty for generously reducing their standard reading fees (which range from $5,000 to $10,000 for a full manuscript) so that we may offer this workshop to you at a significantly reduced rate.
Lodging & Meals: Granlibakken is a family-owned resort, occupying 74 wooded acres in a picturesque mountain valley just minutes away from Lake Tahoe. Each room features cable television with DVD, direct dial phone with voicemail and wired/wireless internet access, in-room coffee maker, and free access to all resort amenities (outdoor heated pool, outdoor hot tub, indoor sauna, hiking and biking trails, and gym). Single rooms are available for a supplemental fee of $500. If you would prefer to stay off-site, tuition is reduced to $3,000 which includes everything listed above except for lodging. Please let us know if you require an ADA accessible room. Meals include dinner on Friday; three meals Saturday and Sunday; breakfast, and lunch on Monday). Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals are available upon request.
Faculty: Samantha Dunn, Pam Houston, BK Loren.
Application Fee: If you are accepted to the workshop, your application fee of $25.00 will be applied to your tuition. If you are not accepted to the workshop, we will refund your $25.00.
The Writing By Writers Boulder Generative Workshop brings
aspiring writers into close community with nationally known writers for
a weekend of inspiration, craft and the generation of new work.
Tuition: $950 includes one three-day workshop, admittance to all craft talks and readings, and all meals (dinner on Friday; three meals Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday) and lodging for two nights. Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free meals are available upon request.
The Methow Valley Workshop brings aspiring writers into close community with nationally known writers. All manuscript workshops are limited to 12 participants to ensure an intimate setting.
When: May 16-20, 2018 in the town of Winthrop in the Methow Valley, Washington State. Nestled in the foothills of the North Cascade mountain range, the Methow Valley is the Northwest’s most popular destination recreation area.
Tuition: $1,650 (before November 1) $1,750 (after November 1) includes one four-day workshop, admittance to all panels and readings, and all meals (dinner on Wednesday; three meals Thursday through Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday) and lodging for four nights.
Lodging: Sun Mountain Lodge is Washington State’s premier destination resort in the Cascade Mountains. Lodge guest rooms feature either stunning views of the North Cascades or sweeping territorial views of the Methow Valley and the National Forest. All of the guest rooms are tastefully appointed with original artwork and hand-crafted wood furniture made by local artisans. Shared double rooms each have a private full bath, daily housekeeping and wireless internet access. A limited number of single rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a supplemental fee of $500. Disability accessible and equipped rooms are available. Please let us know as soon as possible if you require these accommodations.
Format: Workshops are held each morning for four consecutive days. The workshops allow participants to work closely with a nationally known writer, to receive constructive feedback from their peers, and to spend four intensive days dedicated to creativity. Afternoons are reserved for panels by our faculty on craft, student readings, and time to write. Evenings feature readings by faculty and special guests. Click here for the full schedule.
Faculty: Our faculty includes Sherman Alexie, Dorothy Allison and Pam Houston. Click here to see their bios.
The Mont Blanc Workshop is a two-week long manuscript workshop where writers will have the opportunity to work closely with two different nationally known writers in the stunning French Alps. Workshops are limited to 12 participants to ensure an intimate setting, plus plenty of time to write and explore. For information on how to apply, please click here.
When: June 3-17, 2018 in Chamonix in the French Alps. The workshops will be held at the Chalets des Sapins, 396 Rue du Lyret, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France.
Tuition: $2,700 includes two, four-day workshops, scheduled readings, cocktail parties and dinners. Please see schedule for details.
Lodging: For students who are interested, we have a very limited number of single and double housing options available starting at $600 per week. However, we strongly recommend you handle this end of your stay on your own – the housing options are limitless and booking an apartment or a room is easy. June is the best month in the Alps, but it’s also the low season – skiing is over and school holidays have not yet begun, so there is a wide range of properties from which to choose.
Meals: Other than scheduled events, you’ll be in charge of your own meals. All chalets and apartments will have kitchens, and hotels often offer deals. People here also tend to bond fairly quickly and participants in the program swiftly colonize assorted cafes and restaurants in the valley. In terms of costs, $10 a day will get you the best bread, cheese, and wine of your life. There’s an excellent farmer’s market, a cheese co-op, numerous bakeries, etc. If you want to go deluxe, there are plenty of high-end restaurants, including a few with Michelin stars.
Travel: Because people come from all around the world, we also let participants book their own air and rail. Geneva tends to be the best place to fly into, with easy 1 hour shuttles from the airport to Chamonix. Turin, Milan, and Lyon are also reasonably close and they’re ideal starting points if you want to fit extra travel into your plans. Please see our travel page for more details.
Format: The workshop is broken into two, week-long
sessions where writers will have the opportunity to work with both faculty members. During the course of two weeks, each writer will have
two separate pieces critiqued – one in the first week session and one in
the second week session (max of 10,000 words total). Workshops are
held for three hours Monday – Thursday. The program also leaves plenty
of time for participants to write. The Chamonix Valley is filled with
cafes, rock-climber bars, and secluded alpine meadows, so there are
plenty of places to hide out and lose yourself in your work.
Faculty: Our faculty are Andre Dubus III and Pam Houston.