2014 Conference

Wednesday, June 4 – Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Alta Lodge, Alta, Utah

Writers@Work is pleased to announce its annual conference, located in an intimate mountain setting in the scenic Wasatch Mountains just east of Salt Lake City. Alta Lodge features fine food, comfortable accommodations and amenities, making it a perfect place for writers, writer/teachers, editors, and agents to come together to share their ideas, craft, and fine writing, and to identify emerging talent. We invite you to join us in this historic setting to create and participate in a community of writers and to celebrate the written word.


Small intensive workshops limited to 16 participants will be led by expert award-winning writers/teachers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry; and will meet Wednesday from 2- 3 pm for introductions and from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Workshop Faculty

  • Poetry: Ellen Bass – When I Met My Muse: A Poetry Workshop
  • Non-Fiction: Robin Hemley – Explore the Possibilities for Literary Non-Fiction
  • Multi-Genre: Michael Martone – The Four C’s: Cut, Compress, Context and Collage
  • Fiction: Lawrence Coates – The Story and the Novel (Forms and Variations)

More information on faculty and workshop descriptions.

Readings by distinguished faculty and competition winners will be held evenings at 7:30 p.m. All readings are free and open to the public! Open mike sessions for attendees will take place after lunch on Friday and Saturday.


A consultation provides a 30-minute meeting with an editor or agent who has pre-read a submitted manuscript of no more than 7000 words.

The manuscript must be:

  • No more than 7000 words;
  • Double-spaced and in 12-point type
  • Submitted as a .doc, .pdf, or .rtf  file;

Your submission will be available to the consultant before the conference. No hard-copy manuscripts will be forwarded. Consultation times are limited and will be assigned on a first-come/first-served basis. Consultations are optional and are not included in the conference tuition unless paid in full by April 30. See more information about costs below.

**If you are not registered for the conference, you may register for a consultation with the agent or editor of your choice for $50. (Spaces are limited and fill quickly).

Consultation Faculty

Learn more about Consultation Faculty.

Not sure which consultant is best for you? Read “Choosing a Consultant” and then sign-up today.

Arrival and Departure

Registration and check-in start on Wednesday, June 4, at 11:00 a.m., prior to lunch at 12:00 p.m. Orientations for workshops and for faculty will begin at 1:00 p.m. The conference will close with a Faculty Roundtable at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, followed by the Lodge’s famous celebratory brunch. Check-out time is by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Participants must make their own arrangements for shuttle transportation between the airport and the lodge. Check with Canyon Transportation for shuttle service to and from the Salt Lake City airport.

For a detailed conference schedule, click here.

Housing and Meals

For all participants, meals from Wednesday lunch through Sunday brunch are included in the conference registration fee. A vegetarian and non-vegetarian entree option will be offered at each lunch and dinner.

Conference participants may reserve rooms at Alta Lodge through Writers@Work when registering, using the Conference Registration form. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come/first-served basis. Those wishing to stay elsewhere may make their own lodging arrangements.


Conference Tuition

  • Without on-site lodging: $690
  • With on-site dorm lodging (3-4 persons per room): $785
  • With on-site shared lodging (2 persons per room): $835
  • With on-site single lodging: $955

All conference tuition options include all meals Wednesday lunch through Sunday Brunch. Rooms are assigned on a first-come/first-served basis.

Consultation Fees

  • Consultation fee will be waived for Early Bird registrants who are paid in full by April 30, 2014.
  • A consultation may be scheduled for $50 until all appointments are filled.
  • Consultations for those not registered for the conference are $50.

Conference Registration Form (to mail and pay by check) or Register Online (to pay online using PayPal)

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