Kaz Conference Writing Workshop is the home of small, focused writing cohorts in nonfiction, playwriting/screenwriting, poetry and fiction. We also host virtual conferences, bootcamps and intensives on the business of being a writer. All our workshops are virtual and take place via ZOOM. The Kaz Conference Writing Workshop is organized by award winning author and activist Donna Kaz ("UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour;" "Push/Pushback, 9 Steps to Make a Difference with Activism and Art.") There are two to four cohorts and/or intensives each month including the Advanced Manuscript Boot Camp (fiction/nonfiction); Creative Nonfiction Writers Workshop and Conference; Writing Comedy Intensive for Women (all genres); Playwriting Intensive for Women (Plays/Screenplays) and ONE to ONE Road to Publishing Intensive (all genres). All cohorts are small (6-8) and in each workshop writers receive feedback every other week on submissions. Talks on the practical training of writers are included in every workshop. Because reading and reviewing other work helps to strengthen ones own writing, peer review is a requirement of all sessions. The Kaz Conference Writing Workshop is committed to diversity and our faculty reflect an all-encompassing and equal world. Our goal is to challenge, inspire and foster a writers community that continues beyond the workshops because the stories we tell become the world we live in. UPCOMING: CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP (MAY/JUNE 2021) and; PLAYWRITING INTENSIVE FOR WOMEN (MAY 2021); COMEDY WRITING FOR WOMEN INTENSIVE (MAY 2021). Rolling admissions - Apply now. I look forward to hearing from you. 

-Donna Kaz

Director Kaz Conference 

Kaz Conference Writing Workshop 4 week playwriting / screenwriting intensive for women writers. Less than 18% of all plays produced in the US are written by women. When Emerald Fennell won an Oscar for best screenplay in 2021 no woman had won that award in 13 years. Without the vision of women writers the theatre / cinema is missing a second act. This is the impetus behind the Playwriting / Screenwriting Intensive for Women. Award winning playwright and Guerrilla Girl, Donna Kaz aka Aphra Behn, leads this 4 week intensive where just 6 to 8 intergenerational women will meet weekly to write and rewrite new plays and screenplays (from 10 minutes to full length). Focusing on practical tools to help clarify story-telling through dialogue and scene, the intensive is for both new and seasoned writers working on anything from ten minute plays and short form screenplays to longer works. Character driven pieces as well as more stylized explorations of form are appropriate for this intensive. 

Now is the time to put pen to paper or brush off that final draft document of your script. Something stops you from finishing your work and submitting it. You are a bit fearful of your writing because there is a certain power in it. Yep, you possess power in a man’s world and that’s, well, that’s revolutionary. This intensive is for you – women who write for the stage and screen but for whatever reason have put those pages to the side. It is time to step it up. Is the current state of women making you sad, angry and/or depressed? Then write about it! The intensive takes place via ZOOM. Each week we will read and discuss two to three submitted plays/screenplays using the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process.  Writers receive two critiques of 10 to 30 pages from Kaz and the rest of the cohort. COST: $275.00. For women writers only. DATES: The Intensive will meet from 2-4PM on a day of the week TBD, beginning September 2021. 

To APPLY - GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION: 1) Submit 5 to 10 pages of your best piece of playwriting. (This is not what you might work on at the intensive). 3) All submissions must be formatted via standard play formatting i.e. Dramatists Guild guidelines or Final Draft. 4) Put the title of your submission, name and contact information on page 1. If your submission is an excerpt of a larger play you may include a brief (50 word) synopsis. 5) Save your submission for upload in a wpd, .doc, .docx, or .pdf as follows: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TITLE 

I look forward to reading your submission! Donna Kaz aka Aphra Behn (Guerrilla Girl) Kaz Conference Writing Workshop Director

KEEP WRITING VIRTUAL NONFICTION COHORT NOW FORMING FOR  FALL 2021 via ZOOM. Applications are now being accepted for the Kaz Conference Keep Writing Nonfiction Cohort – SEPT/OCT 2021 (6weeks) meeting (Day of week TBD) from 2 to 4PM EST. Are you a nonfiction writer working on a memoir? For 6 weeks this fall just 6-8 writers will gather via ZOOM -- at each workshop two writers will workshop 10 to 16 pages of a work of creative nonfiction/memoir. The sessions include discussions on the business of being a writer i.e. publishing, legal issues, agents and self promotion. The Kaz Conference was founded by award winning author Donna Kaz (UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl) and is committed to diversity. Our conference faculty, mentors and cohorts reflect an all-encompassing and equal world and our goal is to challenge, inspire and foster a writers community that continues beyond the workshop because the stories we tell become the world we live in. In this workshop you will discover what is working in your pages, where your readers have questions, and what your peers want to see more of. These responses will spark fresh ideas about how you can strengthen your story and inspire you to return to your desk to complete and publish your work. Virtual workshop tuition: $375 for 6 weeks - includes at least two reviews of your writing samples from Donna Kaz and your cohort.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION: Please read these guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered for the workshop. 1) Submissions are accepted in nonfiction only. 2) Submit up to 10 pages of a work of nonfiction (may be an excerpt from a larger work). 3) All submissions must be double spaced, 12pt font. All pages must be numbered. 4) Put the title of your submission, your name and the date at the top of page 1. 5) Save your submission for upload in a wpd, .doc, .docx, or .pdf as follows: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TITLE.

NOTE: We accept writers on a rolling admissions basis. You will be notified by early September 2021. I look forward to reading your work. - Donna Kaz: Kaz Conference Founder and Director

NONFICTION COHORT NOW FORMING FOR FALL 2021 via ZOOM. Applications are now being accepted for the Kaz Conference Keep Writing Nonfiction and memoir Cohort – SEPT/OCT 2021 (6weeks) meeting (Day of the week TBD) from 2 to 4PM EST. Are you a nonfiction writer working on a memoir? For 6 weeks this fall just 6-8 writers will gather via ZOOM -- at each workshop two writers will workshop 10 to 16 pages of a work of creative nonfiction/memoir. The sessions include discussions on the business of being a writer i.e. publishing, legal issues, agents and self promotion. The Kaz Conference was founded by award winning author Donna Kaz (UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl) and is committed to diversity. Our conference faculty, mentors and cohorts reflect an all-encompassing and equal world and our goal is to challenge, inspire and foster a writers community that continues beyond the workshop because the stories we tell become the world we live in. In this workshop you will discover what is working in your pages, where your readers have questions, and what your peers want to see more of. These responses will spark fresh ideas about how you can strengthen your story and inspire you to return to your desk to complete and publish your work. Virtual workshop tuition: $375 for 6 weeks - includes at least two reviews of your writing samples from Donna Kaz and your cohort.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION: Please read these guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered for the workshop. 1) Submissions are accepted in nonfiction only. 2) Submit up to 10 pages of a work of nonfiction (may be an excerpt from a larger work). 3) All submissions must be double spaced, 12pt font. All pages must be numbered. 4) Put the title of your submission, your name and the date at the top of page 1. 5) Save your submission for upload in a wpd, .doc, .docx, or .pdf as follows: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TITLE.

NOTE: We accept writers on a rolling admissions basis. You will be notified by early September 2021. I look forward to reading your work. - Donna Kaz: Kaz Conference Founder and Director

KEEP WRITING VIRTUAL NONFICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP – COHORT NOW FORMING FOR  SEPTEMBER 2021 via ZOOM. Applications are now being accepted for the Kaz Conference Keep Writing Nonfiction Cohort – SEPT/OCT 2021 (6weeks) meeting once a week (DAY OF WEEK TBD) from 2 to 4PM EST. Are you a nonfiction writer working on a memoir? For 6 weeks this fall just 6-8 writers will gather via ZOOM -- at each workshop two writers will workshop 10 to 16 pages of a work of creative nonfiction/memoir. The sessions include discussions on the business of being a writer i.e. publishing, legal issues, agents and self promotion. The Kaz Conference was founded by award winning author Donna Kaz (UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl) and is committed to diversity. Our conference faculty, mentors and cohorts reflect an all-encompassing and equal world and our goal is to challenge, inspire and foster a writers community that continues beyond the workshop because the stories we tell become the world we live in. In this workshop you will discover what is working in your pages, where your readers have questions, and what your peers want to see more of. These responses will spark fresh ideas about how you can strengthen your story and inspire you to return to your desk to complete and publish your work. Virtual workshop tuition: $375 for 6 weeks - includes at least two reviews of your writing samples from Donna Kaz and your cohort. 

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION: Please read these guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered for the workshop. 1) Submissions are accepted in nonfiction only. 2) Submit up to 10 pages of a work of nonfiction (may be an excerpt from a larger work). 3) All submissions must be double spaced, 12pt font. All pages must be numbered. 4) Put the title of your submission, your name and the date at the top of page 1. 5) Save your submission for upload in a wpd, .doc, .docx, or .pdf as follows: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TITLE. 

NOTE: We accept writers on a rolling admissions basis. You will be notified by early September 2021. I look forward to reading your work. - Donna Kaz: Kaz Conference Founder and Director

FIND YOUR HOT SUMMER MEMOIR – COHORT NOW FORMING FOR JULY 2021 via ZOOM. Applications are now being accepted for the Kaz Conference Keep Writing Nonfiction Cohort – AUG/SEPT 2021 (6weeks) meeting Tuesdays from 2 to 4PM EST. Are you a nonfiction writer working on a memoir? For 6 weeks this summer just 6-8 writers will gather via ZOOM -- at each workshop two writers will workshop 10 to 16 pages of a work of creative nonfiction/memoir. The sessions include discussions on the business of being a writer i.e. publishing, legal issues, agents and self promotion. The Kaz Conference was founded by award winning author Donna Kaz (UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl) and is committed to diversity. Our conference faculty, mentors and cohorts reflect an all-encompassing and equal world and our goal is to challenge, inspire and foster a writers community that continues beyond the workshop because the stories we tell become the world we live in. In this workshop you will discover what is working in your pages, where your readers have questions, and what your peers want to see more of. These responses will spark fresh ideas about how you can strengthen your story and inspire you to return to your desk to complete and publish your work. Virtual workshop tuition: $350 for 6 weeks - includes at least two reviews of your writing samples from Donna Kaz and your cohort. 

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION: Please read these guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered for the workshop. 1) Submissions are accepted in nonfiction only. 2) Submit up to 10 pages of a work of nonfiction (may be an excerpt from a larger work). 3) All submissions must be double spaced, 12pt font. All pages must be numbered. 4) Put the title of your submission, your name and the date at the top of page 1. 5) Save your submission for upload in a wpd, .doc, .docx, or .pdf as follows: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TITLE. 

NOTE: We accept writers on a rolling admissions basis. You will be notified by late July 2021. I look forward to reading your work. - Donna Kaz: Kaz Conference Founder and Director

NONFICTION COHORT NOW FORMING FOR JULY 2021 via ZOOM. Applications are now being accepted for the Kaz Conference Keep Writing Nonfiction Cohort – JULY/AUG 2021 (6weeks) meeting Wednesdays from 2 to 4PM EST. Are you a nonfiction writer working on a memoir? For 6 weeks this summer just 6-8 writers will gather via ZOOM -- at each workshop two writers will workshop 10 to 16 pages of a work of creative nonfiction/memoir. The sessions include discussions on the business of being a writer i.e. publishing, legal issues, agents and self promotion. The Kaz Conference was founded by award winning author Donna Kaz (UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl) and is committed to diversity. Our conference faculty, mentors and cohorts reflect an all-encompassing and equal world and our goal is to challenge, inspire and foster a writers community that continues beyond the workshop because the stories we tell become the world we live in. In this workshop you will discover what is working in your pages, where your readers have questions, and what your peers want to see more of. These responses will spark fresh ideas about how you can strengthen your story and inspire you to return to your desk to complete and publish your work. Virtual workshop tuition: $350 for 6 weeks - includes at least two reviews of your writing samples from Donna Kaz and your cohort.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION: Please read these guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered for the workshop. 1) Submissions are accepted in nonfiction only. 2) Submit up to 10 pages of a work of nonfiction (may be an excerpt from a larger work). 3) All submissions must be double spaced, 12pt font. All pages must be numbered. 4) Put the title of your submission, your name and the date at the top of page 1. 5) Save your submission for upload in a wpd, .doc, .docx, or .pdf as follows: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TITLE.

NOTE: We accept writers on a rolling admissions basis. You will be notified by early July 2021. I look forward to reading your work. - Donna Kaz: Kaz Conference Founder and Director