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 11 - 14, 2021. Boot Camp is currently scheduled at Granlibakken Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, California. In the event it is unsafe to meet in person due to COVID-19, we will bring the workshop fully online at a reduced cost to reflect that no room or board will be needed.
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.
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: Kim Barnes, Mark Doty, Pam Houston & Sunil Yapa.
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).
Arrival: Workshop registration for Fall Session is on Friday, November 11, 2021, from 3 to 3:30pm in the Big Pine Room at Granlibakken Resort. At 3:30pm we will have a mandatory orientation for all participants. The week will end on Monday, November 14, 2021 with workshops from 9:00 – 11:00am followed by lunch and farewells from noon until 1pm.
Travel Information & Directions: The best information for getting to Granlibakken Tahoe can be found on their website here. They list options for driving, flying and ground transportation.
Ride Sharing: If you wish to coordinate rides with other workshop participants please use the comments section below.
For additional information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you in the always gorgeous Lake Tahoe!
Acceptance to the workshop is based upon review of a writing sample. Please submit the first chapter/story/essay 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. If we have to bring the workshop online due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, you will have the option to cancel at that time without penalty. 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.