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: CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP (September 2022) and; ALL WRITE, COLUMBIA CNF WRITERS CONFERENCE (OCT 2022).  Rolling admissions - Apply now. I look forward to hearing from you. 

-Donna Kaz

Director Kaz Conference 

Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference FALL 2022

All Write, Columbia, NY is a five day intensive writing conference focused on both the craft and the business of writing essays, biography, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. Develop both your skills and your creative marketing savvy in this small, focused conference, the only one of its kind in the country. Nonfiction writers of all levels invited to apply – must be 18 years or older. Writers and workshops are in person at the Spencertown Academy, Spencertown NY while guest panelists/authors are zoomed in. DATES: October 19 – 23, 2022.

The All Write, Columbia – Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference faculty is made up of award-winning authors, editors, agents and marketing experts including Taylor Harris, Rahne Alexander, Vanessa Martir, Michele Blankenship, Pramila Venkateswaran, and Donna Kaz. The All Write, Columbia conference 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. Just 20 writers will be accepted. Tuition: $400 - includes all workshops (a one hour workshop of 15 – 20 pages of your nonfiction work); opening night reception, guest author talks, publishing/PR panel, craft workshops, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. NOTE: Housing is not provided. A limited number of scholarships will be available for local writers.

Schedule (subject to change)

Wednesday, October 19 – 6PM to 9PM Intro and Author Talk

Thursday, October 20 – 7PM to 9PM Craft Talk

Friday, October 21 -- 7PM to 9PM Creativity Talk

Saturday, October 22—8AM to 8PM Workshops, panels, catered meals

Sunday, October 23 – 8AM to 5PM Workshops, open readings, catered meals.

TO APPLY: Please read these guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered for the conference. GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION: 1) Creative nonfiction submissions should be at least 10 pages but no more than 14 pages – 12pt font. 2) INCLUDE AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SUBMISSION YOUR ADDRESS IN COLUMBIA COUNTY, NY and a short paragraph (500 words) as to what a scholarship would mean to you at this stage of your career. All submissions must be double spaced and all pages must be numbered. 3) Nonfiction submissions may be excerpts from longer works or a complete piece, so long as the length limit is adhered to. No more than two excerpts please. 4) Put your name on the submission 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: Because of the size of the venue, no guests will be allowed to accompany writers invited to All Write, Columbia. Apply by Sept. 9.  Final decisions will be made via email by September 10, 2022. I look forward to reading your submissions. Donna KazAll Write, Columbia Conference Director

Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference FALL 2022

All Write, Columbia, NY is a five day intensive writing conference focused on both the craft and the business of writing essays, biography, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. Develop both your skills and your creative marketing savvy in this small, focused conference, the only one of its kind in the country. Nonfiction writers of all levels invited to apply – must be 18 years or older. Writers and workshops are in person at the Spencertown Academy, Spencertown NY while guest panelists/authors are zoomed in. DATES: October 19 – 23, 2022.

The All Write, Columbia – Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference faculty is made up of award-winning authors, editors, agents and marketing experts including Taylor Harris, Rahne Alexander, Vanessa Martir, Michele Blankenship, Pramila Venkateswaran, and Donna Kaz. The All Write, Columbia conference 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. Just 20 writers will be accepted. Tuition: $400 - includes all workshops (a one hour workshop of 15 – 20 pages of your nonfiction work); opening night reception, guest author talks, publishing/PR panel, craft workshops, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. NOTE: Housing is not provided. A limited number of scholarships will be available for local writers.

Schedule (subject to change)

Wednesday, October 19 – 6PM to 9PM Intro and Author Talk

Thursday, October 20 – 7PM to 9PM Craft Talk

Friday, October 21 -- 7PM to 9PM Creativity Talk

Saturday, October 22—8AM to 8PM Workshops, panels, catered meals

Sunday, October 23 – 8AM to 5PM Workshops, open readings, catered meals.

TO APPLY: Please read these guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered for the conference. GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION: 1) Creative nonfiction submissions should be at least 10 pages but no more than 14 pages – 12pt font. 2) All submissions must be double spaced and all pages must be numbered. 3) Nonfiction submissions may be excerpts from longer works or a complete piece, so long as the length limit is adhered to. No more than two excerpts please. 4) Put your name on the submission 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: Because of the size of the venue, no guests will be allowed to accompany writers invited to All Write, Columbia. Apply by Sept 9. Final decisions will be made via email by September 10, 2022. I look forward to reading your submissions. Donna KazAll Write, Columbia Conference Director

MEMOIR / NONFICTION COHORT NOW FORMING FOR September/October 2022 via ZOOM. Applications are now being accepted for the Kaz Conference Keep Writing Nonfiction and memoir Cohort – SEPT/OCT 2022 (5 weeks) meeting weekdays TBD from 12 to 2PM EST. Are you a nonfiction writer working on a memoir? For 5 weeks this fall 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 5 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. I look forward to reading your work. - Donna Kaz: Kaz Conference Founder and Director