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.
Writing By Writers DRAFT! is an intensive program for 15 writers who are committed to completing a novel, memoir, short story, or essay collection over the course of two years. Whether starting a first draft, or working through a new revision, this program is appropriate for writers who want a rigorous and supportive community throughout their process. If you already have a completed manuscript you want to workshop over a long weekend, check out our Manuscript Boot Camp.
Key Dates: Application Deadline, March 1, 2019; Acceptance Notification, March 15, 2019; Registration Deadline, April 1, 2019; Program Kick Off, June 2019.
Tentative In-Person Retreats: December 5-8, 2019, April 23-26, 2020 or April 30-May 3, 2020, December 4-7, 2020 and April 22-25 or April 29-May 2, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado and/or Northern California.
Faculty: Samantha Dunn, Pam Houston and Joshua Mohr.
Curriculum & Format: The heart and soul of Writing By Writers DRAFT are four in-person retreats where writers will workshop their draft-in-progress, as well as attend craft talks, panels and readings. Over the two year program, we will focus consecutively on the three stages of writing, inspiration, execution and revision. Our final retreat will be a pre-publication bootcamp, with agents and editors in house, where your faculty and fellow writers will read your entire draft. At each retreat, five writers will work closely with one faculty member, rotating each retreat so that by the end of a year and a half, all writers will have studied with Sam Dunn, Pam Houston and Josh Mohr. For the final retreat, writers will select who they would like to work with a second time. Before each retreat, writers will submit their cumulative pages to their faculty and four peers to be critiqued at the in-person workshop (up to 75 pages first retreat, 150 pages second retreat, 225 pages third retreat, 300 pages fourth retreat). Whether in person, or writing furiously at home, Draft members will be part of a supportive, encouraging and tight-knit writing community.
What you can expect from the program:
- 4 in-person retreats (lodging and group meals included)
- faculty panels focused on the stages of writing - inspiration, execution and revision
- faculty craft talks specific to elements of writing a book-length manuscript
- faculty one-on-ones to help shape and guide your process
- reading and critique of 750 pages in total of your draft-in-progress by faculty members and four of your peers
- the opportunity to work with three different faculty members who are accomplished novel, memoir and short-story writers
- faculty and student readings
- an agent/editor panel on the ins and outs of the publishing world
- an agent/editor one-on-one
- a monthly on-line book chat focused on the craft of writing
- an on-line forum to connect with fellow program members to share encouragement, inspiration and support
- an intimate and tight-knit community of 15 writers and 3 faculty committed to the same goal
Tuition: Tuition is $6,250 per year (payable $3,125 per retreat) and includes four days of workshop, faculty one-on-ones, agent/editor one-on-one, admittance to all craft talks, panels and readings, group meals and lodging for three nights. There will be an additional fee of $100 for every 25 pages over 300 for the final manuscript draft.
Application Requirements: The application period opens Feb 1, 2019 and the application submission deadline is March 1, 2019. Acceptance notifications will be made March 15, 2019 and the registration deadline is April 1, 2019. All applicants must submit a writing sample of up to 30 pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman or similar font), ideally from the draft you plan to complete during the program, a project synopsis and a short bio.
Application Fee: If you are accepted to the workshop, your application fee of $25.00 will be applied to your tuition.
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 9-20, 2019 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 limited number of private rooms available. However, the housing options in Chamonix 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, $15 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.
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 Robert Boswell and Pam Houston.
Fellowships: WxW offers a limited number of fellowships for the Mont Blanc workshop. Fellowship are highly competitive. The WxW Board reviews each fellowship submission and awards are made on the merit of the writing sample alone. Please do not send letters of recommendation. Fellowships cover half the cost of tuition ($1350), but do not cover transportation or lodging. To apply for a fellowship, please check the “Fellowship Submission” box on the workshop application. The deadline for fellowship consideration is January 1st. We are always seeking funding for additional fellowships. If you would like to sponsor a fellowship, please contact us at email@example.com.
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.
When: Fall Session: November 8-11, 2019 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: Tom Barbash, Pam Houston and Sunil Yapa
Appilcation 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.
Writing By Writers is pleased to offer one and two week, dog friendly residencies at the Mill House in Bend, Oregon, the Wolf House in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a cozy guest ranch in the Uncompaghre Valley of Colorado. Residencies are open to fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers and poets. Lodging is provided free of charge, however residents are responsible for their own meals, transportation and personal needs while at the residency. Residencies are intended for writers only. No spouses, children or friends are allowed.
Winners will be selected by Pam Houston. Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, as well as two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton. Her stories have been selected for volumes of The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Short Stories of the Century among other anthologies. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for contemporary fiction, the Evil Companions Literary Award and several teaching awards. She teaches in the Low Rez MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, is Professor of English at UC Davis, and co-founder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
Applicants will be asked to provide a statement of intent, a short writing sample and submit a $50.00 tax deductible application fee. The application fee will help fund fellowships at future Writing By Writers workshops.
The Writing By Writers Workshop @ Tomales Bay brings aspiring writers into close community with nationally known poets and writers.
When: October 16-20, 2019 at Marconi Conference Center, Marshall, California, just north of San Francisco in Marin County.
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.
Tuition: $1,675 (before April 1) $1,775 (after April 1) includes one four-day workshop (excluding the full manuscript master class), admittance to all panels and readings, and all meals (dinner on Wednesday; three meals Thursday through Sunday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday) and shared lodging for four nights. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals are available upon request.
Fellowships: WxW offers a limited number of fellowships for the Tomales Bay workshop. Fellowship are highly competitive. The WxW Board reviews each fellowship submission and awards are made on the merit of the writing sample alone. Please do not send letters of recommendation. Fellowships cover the cost of tuition, room and board, but do not cover transportation. To apply for a fellowship, please check the “Fellowship Submission” box on the workshop application. The deadline for fellowship consideration is May 1. We are always seeking funding for additional fellowships. If you would like to sponsor a fellowship, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Esalen Writers Camp Fellowship for Emerging Writers is intended for writers of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to amplify voices that need to be heard.
An "Emerging Voice" is someone who is currently DOES NOT meet any of the below criteria:
- Has an B.A., M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D. or minors in Creative Writing.
- Currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs.
- Writers who have published one or more books through major publishing houses, university presses, or established presses.
- Current professional magazine/newspaper feature writers or editors.
- Writers who are widely published in top tier literary journals and/or magazines.