2018 Writers Conference

Join us for the 2018 Writers@Work Generative Conference in Alta, Utah, June 6-10, 2018. Choose one of three intensive workshops, conducted by our award-winning faculty. The conference is held at Alta Lodge, an intimate setting in the breath-taking Wasatch Mountains, where writers of all backgrounds gather to share ideas, craft, and fine writing. In addition to daily generative workshops, there are panel discussions, open mic, free evening readings open to the public, and the opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with an editor or visiting writer.

Learn more about the faculty and what to expect from each workshop below. Have you already decided which workshop is best for you? Click on the button below to register online. If you prefer to mail in your registration, click here to download form.

Schedule: See our 2018 Conference schedule.

Workshops: Small, intensive workshops, limited to 16 participants, are led by expert, award-winning writers/teachers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from 9:00 am to noon and 1:15 to 2:15 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Readings by distinguished faculty will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public! Open mic sessions for attendees take place after lunch on Friday and Saturday.

A consultation is a 30-minute meeting with an editor or visiting writer who has pre-read a submitted manuscript of no more than 20 pages for prose (5,000 words) or 10 pages for poetry. The manuscript must be double-spaced, 12-point font, and uploaded as a .doc or .pdf file to Submittable.  No hard-copy manuscripts will be accepted. Consultation times are limited and assigned on a first-come/first-served basis. Consultations are optional and not required for Conference attendance.

**If you are not registered for the conference, you may register for a consultation with the agent or visiting writer of your choice for $50. Please contact Jennifer@writersatwork.org to schedule.

Consultation Faculty: Please see our 2018 consultation faculty page.

Arrival and Departure
Registration and check-in start on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 pm.
Orientation for workshops and for faculty will be held during breakfast in the dining room at 8:45 am Thursday.
The Conference will close with the Lodge’s famous celebratory brunch on Sunday morning followed by a faculty panel discussion. Check-out time is before 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 10. Participants must make their own arrangements for shuttle transportation between the airport and the Lodge. Check with http://www.canyontransport.com for transportation to and from Salt Lake International airport.

Housing and Meals
For all participants, meals from Wednesday dinner or Thursday breakfast (depending on when you check in) 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 the 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.

The conference begins on Wednesday evening, June 6th. Pricing is as follows:

  • $750 Full Conference without housing (all meals without on-site lodging)
  • $865 Full Conference with shared Dorm room (tuition, small shared 3 or 4 person room, all meals)
  • $915 Full Conference with shared room (tuition, shared room with one other, all meals)
  • $1035 Full Conference with private room (tuition, private room, all meals)

For those not arriving at Alta until early Thursday, June 7th, there is modified pricing as follows:

  • $715 Full Conference without housing (all meals without on-site lodging)
  • $805 Full Conference with shared Dorm room (tuition, small shared 3 or 4 person room, all meals)
  • $840 Full Conference with shared room (tuition, shared room with one other, all meals)
  • $930 Full Conference with private room (tuition, private room, all meals)

A $150 deposit is requested at the time of registration and will hold your place in a workshop. The balance is due by May 31, 2018; however, for those paid in full by April 30, it is our pleasure to offer a free consultation ($50 value) with one of our consultation faculty members. Click below to register.

Click to registerWorkshop Faculty

Paisley Rekdal, Poetry

Revision: An Ode

Rekdal_PaisleyWe’ll be looking at particular strategies for HOW we think about maximizing a poem’s possibilities, versus the more conventional ways we think of line-editing as a form of revision. Learn more about Paisley.



Tessa Fontaine, Nonfiction

Close and Bright: A Nonfiction Workshop

tessa fontaineThe story you’re trying to tell can feel like a vast, dark expanse. Where will you shine your flashlight for your reader? How can you make that which you illuminate bright enough to support the story? When do you shut your light off? In this vigorously generative workshop, we will write lots of new material, focusing on the very particular details of what our flashlights illuminate and how shining close and bright is often more effective than wide and broad. This workshop is applicable to many kinds of nonfiction, including literary nonfiction, the personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, researched stories, and more. Though there are many approaches to different kinds of nonfiction, Mark Doty reminds us that no matter what, in description, you are both saying what you see, and what you see. We’ll explore both. Each day we’ll read examples of other works, write from prompts in class, and share. There will be out of class writing exercises as well. The goal will be to have each writer come away with pages of new material, plus lots of ideas and techniques for future flashlighting. Learn more about Tessa.

Mat Johnson, Fiction

Fiction Forms Workshop

mat-johnsonThis workshop will be comprised of daily review of novel and short fiction manuscript submissions, writing craft lectures, and in-class writing exercises. It is intended to assist writers in reaching their goals through the development of both art and the practical craft of writing. Learn more about Mat.