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Los Altos, CA 94023

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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 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.

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.

Faculty

Andre Debus III

Andre Dubus III’s seven books include the New York Times’ bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie. His most recent novel, Gone So Long, has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal and has been named on many “Best Books” lists, including selection for The Boston Globe’s “Twenty Best Books of 2018” and “The Best Books of 2018”, “Top 100”, Amazon.

Mr. Dubus has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.

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Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché’s first volume, Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, was followed by The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour. She is also the author of the memoir What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Random House, 2019), a devastating, lyrical, and visionary memoir about a young woman’s brave choice to engage with horror in order to help others. She has translated Mahmoud Darwish, Claribel Alegria, and Robert Desnos. Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice,” and is followed by the 2014 anthology The Poetry of Witness. In 1998 in Stockholm, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for her human rights advocacy and the preservation of memory and culture.

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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.

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Fiction, Memoir, Short Story & Essay Collections

Antonia Nelson

Antonya Nelson is the author of eleven books of fiction, including Nothing Right, Bound and Funny Once. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Redbook and other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories, The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. She is the recipient of the 2003 Rea Award for Short Fiction, as well as NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships, and teaches in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program and the Warren Wilson Low Residency MFA Program. She lives in Telluride, Colorado, and Houston, Texas.

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Travel Information

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 6, 2020, 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 9, 2020 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 info@writingxwriters.org.  We look forward to seeing you in the always gorgeous Lake Tahoe!

Workshop Schedule

FRIDAY

3:00 – 3:30 pm          Registration, Big Pine

3:30 – 4:00 pm          Welcome & Orientation

4:00 – 4:30 pm          Meet Your Workshop

4:30 – 5:00 pm          Check Into Rooms

5:00 – 6:00 pm          Craft Talk

6:00 – 7:30 pm          Dinner

7:30 – 10:00 pm        Faculty Reading, Reception & Dessert

SATURDAY

7:30 – 9:00 am           Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00 am         Workshop

11:15 – 12:15 pm       Agent/Editor Talk

12:15 – 1:30 pm         Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 pm           Workshop

3:30 – 6:00 pm           On Your Own/1-on-1s

6:00 – 7:30 pm           Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 pm           Craft Talk

8:30 – 10:00 pm         Reception & Dessert

SUNDAY

7:30 – 9:00 am           Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00 am         Workshop

11:15 – 12:15 pm       Craft Talk

12:15 – 1:30 pm         Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 pm           Workshop

3:30 – 6:00 pm           On Your Own/1-on-1s

6:00 – 7:30 pm           Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 pm           Craft Talk

8:30 – 10:30 pm         Student Readings, Reception & Dessert

MONDAY

7:30 – 9:00 am           Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00 am         Workshop

11:00 – 11:30 am       Check out and Faculty 1-on-1s

11:30 – 1:30 pm         Lunch, Book Signings and Goodbyes

 

Application Details

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 info@writingxwriters.org 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.

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