COVID-19 UPDATE: We are currently planning to be in person for the 2021 Tomales Bay Workshop. If we are unable to do this safely due to the ongoing pandemic, we will move the workshop online over Zoom on the same dates for a reduced cost. Participants will be given the option to join us online (being refunded the difference in tuition costs) or may cancel completely with a full refund.
The Writing By Writers Tomales Bay Workshop brings aspiring writers into close community with nationally known poets and writers. Classes are limited to 12 participants for manuscript critique workshops and 15 for generative workshops to ensure an intimate setting.
When: October 20 - 24, 2021 at Marconi Conference Center, Marshall, California, just north of San Francisco in Marin County.
Tuition: $1,700 (before April 1) $1,800 (after April 1) includes one four-day workshop, admittance to all panels and readings, and all meals (dinner on Wednesday; three meals Thursday through Sunday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday) and lodging for four nights. Vegan and gluten-free meals are available upon request.
Lodging: The Marconi Conference Center is located along the east shore of Tomales Bay near the quaint community of Marshall. The location provides dramatic views of the bay and lush inland hills of the Point Reyes Peninsula. Shared DOUBLE or TRIPLE smoke-free rooms each have a private full bath, in-room coffee, a study desk, a telephone (requires phone card) and free wireless internet access. A limited number of single rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a supplemental fee of $900. We discount the price by $500 for people who stay off campus. 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.
Faculty: Our faculty includes Kaveh Akbar, Alexander Chee, Mark Doty, Pam Houston, Elizabeth McCracken, and Tommy Orange.
Faculty & Workshops
The Marconi Conference Center is located on the east shore of Tomales Bay in the town of Marshall, California, 7 miles north of Point Reyes Station.
Workshop registration is on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 4 to 5pm in Buck Hall. At 5pm we will have a mandatory orientation for all participants. The week will end on Sunday, October 24, 2021, with workshops from 9:00 – 12:00pm followed by lunch and farewells. Please plan your travel accordingly.
Airports: The Marconi Conference Center can be reached from several Bay Area airports. Both San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK) are approximately 60 miles and 1.5 hours from the conference center. Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) is approximately 40 miles and 1 hour from the conference center.
Ground Transportation: All three airports are served by most major car rental agencies and there is parking onsite at the Marconi Conference Center. For door-to-door shuttles from the airport, Marconi recommends the following companies:
Marin Airporter Charter & Tours (415) 256-8830
Marin Door-to-Door (415) 457-2717
All West Coachlines, Inc. (916) 423-4000
Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation 1-800-546-6688
Black Tie Transportation 1-800-445-0444
Driving Directions: Marconi provides recommended driving directions from most points on their website. Please click here.
Ride Sharing: If you wish to coordinate rides with other workshop participants please use the comments box below.
TRAVEL TIPS FROM MARCONI:
Telephone: There is limited cell-phone service at Marconi Conference Center. Please bring a Calling Card with a 1-800 access number to make calls from your guestroom phone or one of the public phones on the property. To receive a call in your guestroom, give callers the private number posted by your guestroom phone – a 10-minute courtesy calling card is provided in each lodging room for this purpose. Guestroom phones have no message service. Messages left at the Front Desk, (415) 663-9020, will be posted in the reception area or, in the case of an emergency, delivered. The Front Desk cannot transfer calls to guestrooms.
All Marconi buildings are non-smoking. Ashtrays are located at entrances, on decks and on patios of buildings.
Guestrooms have bed linens; private bathrooms with towels, soap, drinking glasses, and coffee makers/supplies; clock-radios; flashlights; telephones (see above); and free, AT&T WiFi access.
The Front Desk sells candy, snacks, drinks, meeting supplies, souvenirs, note cards, postage stamps and a few toiletries. A luggage cart, irons, ironing boards and hairdryers are available. The Front Desk Staff has First Aid equipment, an AED, and directions to medical services.
Their self-service Business Center, located in the check-in building, offers our guests two computers with Wifi internet access, two printers, and a photocopier/scanner.
Comfortable walking shoes, a waterproof jacket or coat, and a sweater or sweatshirt are recommended. Marconi has no TV, so reading materials are suggested.
Campers and motor homes are prohibited from parking at Marconi. Fires, candles, incense and pets are also not permitted.
For additional information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you in Tomales Bay!
Acceptance to the workshop is based upon review of a writing sample (10 pages of fiction or nonfiction/personal essay, or five poems). Writing samples must be double spaced, using a size 11 or 12 Times New Roman or similar font.
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 August 1 along with the optional supplemental fee of $900 for a single room. Please note, there are a limited number of single rooms and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fellowships: WxW offers a limited number of fellowships for the Tomales Bay workshop. Fellowships 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 email@example.com.
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel by August 1, 2021, your tuition will be refunded minus a $150 cancellation fee. Refunds for cancellations made after August 1 are contingent upon filling your place and will be made only if your place is filled. In the unlikly event that we must cancel a workshop and you do not wish to transfer to another workshop, you will receive a full refund.