Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference


Spark your creativity and take your writing to the next level at the Kaz Conference Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference located in Southampton, Long Island – the heart of the east end of Long Island. Join award-winning authors, editors, agents and marketing experts for a three 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 focused and small conference, the only one of its kind in the country.
The Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference accepts just 16 writers. Our student/faculty ratio is 3 to 1 and includes editors, agents, industry professionals and award winning authors.

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN from FEBRUARY 1 through April 21, 2019
To submit click HERE

Faculty Includes:

Donna Kaz, Conference Director

Rahne Alexander Author, marketing, social media

Suzannah Lessard, Author

Judson Merrill, Author

Terri Muuss, Author, workshop leader

Matt Pasca, Author, workshop leader

Roohi Choudhry, author, workshop leader

Michelle Blankenship, Book Publicist

Jisu Kim, Marketing and Sales, Feminist Press

Lilly Dancyger, Author, editor at

Lauren Hook, Senior Editor, Feminist Press

Roohi Choudhry, Author

Pramila Venkateswaran, Author


Thursday, November 7
3:00 PM: Check in
4:00 – 4:15 PM: Welcome
4:30 – 6PM: Author round table (local authors talk about their books)
6:00 – 8:00 PM: Opening Reception

Friday, November 8
8:00 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Workshop #1 (Writers split up into two groups for three hour workshop to discuss three submissions)
12:30 – 1:45 PM: Lunch
1:45 – 2:45 PM: TALK – How to build your platform and presence on social media/Productivity.
3:00 – 4:30 PM: Craft talk – Find the narrative arc of your nonfiction work.
4:30 – 6:30 PM: Free time
6:30 – 8:00 PM: Dinner (offsite at a local restaurant)

Saturday, November 9
8:00 AM: Breakfast
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Workshop #2
12:30 – 1:45 PM: Lunch
1:45 – 3:00 PM: Workshop – submitting your work to literary journals.
3:00 – 4:30 PM: Publishing Panel (editors, agents, publicists discuss the world of publishing)
4:30 – 6:30 PM: Free time
6:30 – 8:00 PM: Dinner (offsite at a local restaurant)
8:30 – 10:00 PM: SLAM – conference attendees read from their own work.

Sunday, November 10
9:00 AM: Breakfast
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Workshop #3
12:00 PM: Check out and good byes.


Q: Where is The Kaz Conference Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference?
A: The Conference takes place at the Southampton Inn, Long Island, New York. The Inn is conveniently located in the heart of Southampton, within walking distance to local shops and restaurants.

Q: Will I have to share a room?
A: No. The Southampton Inn has arranged for a group rate of $100 per night for single occupancy. Of course, you may share a room if you wish. For information about the inn click here.

Q: I am a vegan/vegetarian, will there be food for me?
A: Our dinners will always offer a vegetarian option.

Q: How do I get there?
A: The closest airports are MacArthur Airport on Long Island as well as LaGuardia and JFK in New York City. You may take the Hampton Jitney from Manhattan to Southampton 7 days a week.

Q: Is there wifi at the conference?
A: Yes, there is wifi in all common spaces and guest rooms.

Q: How will the workshop part of the conference work?
A: You will be divided into two groups of eight writers each. These groups will remain the same over the course of the weekend. Each morning the two groups will meet and review the work of three of the group’s members (two on the final morning) along with a workshop leader, who will change every day. We change leaders to give you exposure to as many of our leaders as possible. All workshop leaders are published authors.

Q: Should I workshop the same work I submitted to get in?
A: No. What you submit should be your best work, something that has already been revised many times. Your workshop pieces should be 15 to 20 double spaced pages of work you think would benefit from feedback. Bring one or two essays, a story; one chapter, an article, etc.

Q: Do I have to attend every scheduled event at the conference?
A: No. But there is free time incorporated into each day. You may be inspired to take more time to yourself and that is fine. It is up to you to attend whatever parts of the conference you would like to.

Have another question? Contact program director Donna Kaz at kaz (at) donnakaz (dot) com.

RATES: All rates are per person and include all conference events (workshops, panels, author talks, craft lectures) as well as daily morning coffee/tea/water, an opening reception on Thursday and dinners on Friday and Saturday (SLAM venue on Saturday evening.)

You may book a room at the Southampton Inn for the conference group rate of $100 per night (double or single occupancy).

COST: $1250.00 per person.