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 (4-8) 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: PLAYWRITING INTENSIVE FOR WOMEN+ (March 2023) and NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL (MARCH/APRIL ). We charge a nominal submission fee of $10 per submission. Submission fees are non-refundable. This fee will help cover submission processing fees, hosting fees and ongoing operational costs.  Rolling admissions - Apply now. I look forward to hearing from you. 

-Donna Kaz

Director Kaz Conference 

NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL WORKSHOP
If you are near the completion of a nonfiction book you will need a book proposal in order to approach both agents and publishing houses. The nonfiction book proposal is a 20 to 40 page “pitch” – a compelling narrative about your book’s marketability and content. The Kaz Conference Writing Workshop’s one month book proposal workshop will take you through 4 critical sections of a winning proposal: The overview, Author Bio, Comp Titles and Platform. Limited to 4 to 6 writers, the workshop meets via ZOOM in 2023.  At each session writers will share selected parts of their proposal for feedback. The Kaz Conference was founded by award winning author Donna Kaz who wrote and sold her own book proposal (UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl, Skyhorse). The Kaz Conference 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 proposal, where there are questions, and what your peers want to see more of. A persuasive book proposal is very different than writing your book. It is a promotional guide that serves to sell your book to a publisher or agent. This workshop will give you the tools you need to complete a convincing book proposal that will lead you closer to publication.
The Nonfiction Book Proposal Workshop is VIRTUAL and meets via ZOOM. Tuition: $350 for 4 weeks - includes reviews from Kaz and your cohort of your overview, bio, comp titles and platform.
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 either an OVERVIEW of your book or a draft of YOUR DRAFT BOOK PROPOSAL not to exceed 10 pages. 3) All pages must be numbered. 4) Put the title of your book, 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.  I look forward to reading your work. - Donna Kaz -- Kaz Conference Writing Workshop Founder and Director

Kaz Conference Writing Workshop 5 week playwriting intensive for women writers. Less than 18% of all plays produced in the US are written by women. Globally that percentage is far less. Without the vision of women playwrights the theatre is like a play without a second act. This is the impetus behind the Playwriting Intensive for Women. Award winning playwright and Guerrilla Girl, Donna Kaz aka Aphra Behn, leads this 5 week intensive where just 6 to 8 intergenerational women will meet weekly to write and rewrite new plays (from 10 minutes to full length). Writers will submit new work or rewrites every other week, receive feedback and participate in class discussions based on the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process. 2023 is the time to put pen to paper or brush off that final draft document of a stage play. 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 but for whatever reason have put those pages to the side. It is time to step it up, gals. There’s an election coming up in 2024. Reproductive rights are restricted. Women still earn less than men. Is the current state of women making us sad, angry and/or depressed? Then write about it. The intensive takes place via ZOOM for 5 weeks - you will receive weekly critiques of each 10 to 30 page piece of playwriting submitted from Kaz and the rest of the cohort. Here is more info:

COST: $350.00. For women and women identifying writers only. 

DATES: Tuesdays from 3 to 5PM EST March 7, 14, 21, 28and April 4. 

LOCATION: The playwriting Intensive for Women takes place via ZOOM! 

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 

Kaz Conference Writing Workshop 5 week playwriting intensive for women writers. Less than 18% of all plays produced in the US are written by women. Globally that percentage is far less. Without the vision of women playwrights the theatre is like a play without a second act. This is the impetus behind the Playwriting Intensive for Women. Award winning playwright and Guerrilla Girl, Donna Kaz aka Aphra Behn, leads this 5 week intensive where just 6 to 8 intergenerational women will meet weekly to write and rewrite new plays (from 10 minutes to full length). Writers will submit new work or rewrites every other week, receive feedback and participate in class discussions based on the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process. 2023 is the time to put pen to paper or brush off that final draft document of a stage play. 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 but for whatever reason have put those pages to the side. It is time to step it up, gals. There’s an election coming up in 2024. Reproductive rights are restricted. Women still earn less than men. Is the current state of women making us sad, angry and/or depressed? Then write about it. The intensive takes place via ZOOM for 5 weeks - you will receive weekly critiques of each 10 to 30 page piece of playwriting submitted from Kaz and the rest of the cohort. Here is more info:

COST: $350.00. For women and women identifying writers only. 

DATES: Tuesdays from 3 to 5PM EST March 7, 14, 21, 28and April 4. 

LOCATION: The playwriting Intensive for Women takes place via ZOOM! 

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 

FIND YOUR MEMOIR COHORT - NOW FORMING FOR MARCH/APRIL 2023 via ZOOM. Applications are now being accepted for the Kaz Conference Keep Writing Virtual Nonfiction Cohort March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4 from Noon to 2PM EST via ZOOM. Are you a nonfiction writer working on a memoir? For one month this winter just 6-8 writers will gather via ZOOM -- at each workshop two writers will workshop 10 to 20 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 faculty 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: COST: $375 for 5 weeks - includes 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 anytime before March 1.  I look forward to reading your work. - Donna Kaz: Kaz Conference Founder and Director


FIND YOUR MEMOIR COHORT - NOW FORMING FOR MARCH/APRIL 2023 via ZOOM. Applications are now being accepted for the Kaz Conference Keep Writing Virtual Nonfiction Cohort March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4 from Noon to 2PM EST via ZOOM. Are you a nonfiction writer working on a memoir? For one month this winter just 6-8 writers will gather via ZOOM -- at each workshop two writers will workshop 10 to 20 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 faculty 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 5 weeks - includes 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 March 1st at the latest. I look forward to reading your work. - Donna Kaz: Kaz Conference Founder and Director