Due to COVID-19 and the ongoing concerns over the health and safety of our students and faculty, Manuscript Boot Camp will be hosted ONLINE over Zoom for 2020. We hope to be back in person at Grablibakken Tahoe in 2021.
The Writing By Writers Manuscript Boot Camp is for the writer who has a full, book-length manuscript (novel, memoir, short story or poetry collection) and would like to engage with a small group for a serious and productive response. The long weekend will include an intimate 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: November 6 - 9, 2020 online over Zoom.
Tuition: Full tuition is $2,750 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, and a one-on-one with an agent/editor. 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.
Format: Classes are limited to 5 participants each and one workshop session is set aside for each manuscript. Each participant will have their manuscript read by their faculty member and their four peers. In addition, they will have a one-on-one session with their faculty member and selected agent/editor.
Faculty: Andre Dubus III, Carolyn Forché, Pam Houston & Antonia Nelson.
Acceptance to the workshop is based upon review of a writing sample. Please submit the first chapter/story/essay/poems of the full manuscript that you plan to workshop (roughly 15-20 pages). Writing samples must be double spaced, using a size 12 Times New Roman or similar font. If accepted to the workshop, your final draft must be submitted by September 15th.
An application fee of $25 is required. If you are accepted to the workshop, your application fee of $25 will be applied to your tuition. If you are not accepted to the workshop, we will refund your $25. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Once you apply you will receive an immediate email confirmation of your application. Sometimes these go into your junk or bulk mail folder. If this happens, please add to your safe senders list to make sure you get our acceptance notification!
If you are accepted, you will be notified of your workshop placement via email and asked to confirm your intention to attend within two weeks by enrolling and submitting a minimum deposit of $1,000. The remaining balance is due February 1 (spring session) or September 1st (fall session).
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel by September 1 for the Fall Session, your tuition will be refunded minus a $150 cancellation fee. Refunds for cancellations made after September 1 are contingent upon filling your place and will be made only if your place is filled. In the unlikely event that we must cancel a workshop and you do not wish to transfer to another workshop, you will receive a full refund.