Reading: Writer's Hotel -- Bold New Fiction and Nonfiction

Bold new fiction and nonfiction from 
The Writer's Hotel

June 15, 7:30-9:30
The Writer’s Hotel and The New Guard lit review host a reading series each year in Manhattan. Venues include The Half King, KGB Bar Lit’s Red Room, Book Culture and Kinokuniya. Readers are faculty and attendees of The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction. Nonfiction & Poetry in Midtown. The Writer’s Hotel Master Class is held in Midtown at a floating campus between The Bryant Park Hotel, Library Hotel and The Algonquin. There are intensive workshops and lectures, agent speed dating and publishing panels. Before the events in NYC, writers work with The Writer’s Hotel instructors privately, polishing manuscripts for our on-site agents and editors. Literary events are on the docket too, like walking tours given by The Dorothy Parker Society and NYPL and a game of “Wink, Murder” at The Algonquin.


Elyssa East’s first book, Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, won the PEN New England Award in Nonfiction. Dogtown was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards and an Editors’ Choice Selection of the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Her articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Boston Globe, and her short fiction in Cape Cod Noir and in The Best of the Akashic Noir. She is currently at work on a novel.

Scott Wolven is a Consulting Director at TWH and an Editor at The New Guard. He is the author of the short story collection, Controlled Burn. The film, "Hepburn" by Tommy Davis, a work based on Scott's short story, "Hammerlock," was featured at The New York Film Festival 2014 on the Main Stage. Scott's stories have appeared seven years in a row in The Best American Mystery Stories Series, the most consecutive appearances in the history of the series. The title story of Controlled Burn appeared in Best American Noir of the Century. 

Richard Hoffman is author of Love & Fury, just out from Beacon Press. He also wrote Half the House: a Memoir, and the poetry collections, Emblem, Without Paradise and Gold Star Road. Gold Star Road won the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club. He is a fiction writer as well; his book, Interference & Other Stories was published in 2009. He is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College.
Shanna McNair is Founder and Director of The Writer’s Hotel and Founding Editor of The New Guard. She writes fiction, poetry, scripts and the occasional article. She is an award-winning journalist and photo journalist with a background in the visual and performing arts. She has a novel and a book of short stories forthcoming.
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