Open-Genre | Intensive

Don’t Write Alone Weekend

Don’t Write Alone is back! This August, Catapult is taking over NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House (the coziest brownstone in the West Village) for another summer weekend retreat dedicated to the act and craft of writing. The three-day event will kick off on Friday evening with a welcome reception featuring 2019’s buzziest new authors in conversation about what it’s really like to debut. On Saturday, writers will be invited to bring their laptops and notepads and to settle in for a day of engaging, inspiring talks on subjects like breaking into publishing, overcoming rejection, and working through writer’s block. Each writer will meet one-on-one with an agent or an editor throughout the day to discuss their goals and careers. On Sunday morning, we’ll close with another craft talk, a student reading, and optional intensive workshops in small groups, so writers leave not just with new work and plenty of inspiration, but with feedback that will make what’s on the page even stronger.  Guest speakers and panelists include Elissa Bassist, Ryan Chapman, Alex Dimitrov, Melissa Febos, Morgan Jerkins, Dorothea Lasky, Fatima Farheen Mirza, Emily Nussbaum, Julia Phillips, Regina Porter, De'Shawn Charles Winslow, Monika Woods, and many more.

So often, the hardest thing about writing is actually sitting down to do it. But we believe giving yourself the time and space to write, and committing to your practice with the reinforcement of others, can be deeply productive and invigorating. Due to space constraints, this event is limited to 60 writers.

We hope this weekend can be the start of something great in your writing life—maybe even that book you’ve always wanted to write.


Regular $299 admission covers full access to the NYU Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House starting Friday evening at 6 pm, as well as readings and talks. This price includes a one-on-one pitch or information session with an acquiring literary agent or editor. Drinks on Friday, full lunch on Saturday, and, of course, unlimited coffee throughout the event are included.

Writers also have the option of adding on a Sunday morning workshop led by a Catapult editor. Please note that in order to participate in the Sunday morning workshops, you must have up to 15 double-spaced pages ready for submission by July 15th. We will offer two workshops in fiction, and one in nonfiction. Groups will be capped at six students, and spaces in workshops are limited. Cost to enroll in a workshop is an additional $199. If you would like to enroll in a workshop, please purchase your DWA admission and email Stella at [email protected]

Housing for Don't Write Alone is not included in tuition. Students participating in the weekend must make independent housing arrangements. Feel free to email us for recommendations!

Don't Write Alone

Catapult's popular writing series dedicated to generating new work in a welcoming, writer-friendly space.

If you have any questions, be in touch with Colin Drohan, [email protected].


"I left feeling incredibly inspired. I was encouraged personally by people in my field and that really shored up my inspiration to continue the project I'm working on. I would recommend this weekend for anyone feeling stuck in the later stages of a project they really want to finish."

Don't Write Alone 2018 participant

"The whole weekend was positive. It was so much more than I thought it was going to be when I signed up."

Don't Write Alone 2018 participant

“I had an amazing time at DWA and made several new friends throughout the weekend. It really jumpstarted my creativity, helped me get back into a routine of writing, and was just super fun and invigorating. Thanks for putting together an awesome event and for curating a super-smart lineup of guests.”

Don’t Write Alone 2017 participant

“It's hard to pick a favorite part of the weekend because I got so much out of every single panel and speaker you presented. I was surprised how much I got out of the presentation on how to write dialogue. I got to thinking about writing dialogue in new ways after that presentation. I also loved the discussion with the two first-time authors at the end of the day on Saturday.”

Don’t Write Alone 2017 participant

“Thought the whole workshop and weekend was just fantastic. So many awesome writers to talk with and that made themselves accessible. I loved the panels, I loved how informal it was, and I will recommend it to others and be back next year. Thank you for creating such a safe community!”

Don’t Write Alone 2017 participant

“Don’t Write Alone 2017 was a great opportunity to learn from established authors, network, and mingle with fellow writers with a wide variety of experience, and get some writing done that I had been putting off for, let’s be real, months.”

Don’t Write Alone 2017 participant

“Don’t Write Alone is one of the best investments, both in terms of time and money, I’ve made for my writing in the past few years. The access I had to professionals and decision-makers was really unprecedented and helped me to think about my fiction and navigating this industry in ways I really hadn’t been exposed to elsewhere.”

Don’t Write Alone 2017 participant