Writer Overnighter

Who: Barrelhouse, The Writer’s Center, and You

What: Write. Read. Make new literary-minded friends. Opportunities to attend a workshop, gain insights from a panel of editors, and participate in an open mic. Likely, junk food. Definitely, My Cousin Vinny. All optional!

Where: The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815

When: Saturday, March 21, 2020, 4pm to Sunday, March 22, 2020, 10am

Why: We’re asking ourselves the same thing.

How much: $50 for the whole shebang, including meals and optional programming. Floor sleeping in a crowd not your thing? Go for our Pumpkin Price ($45) if you plan to head to your comfy bed before midnight.


To apply: Please cut/paste these questions (with your answers), into the body of an email it to overnighter@writer.org.

1. Name

2. Brief bio (100 words max)

3. Preferred writing genres

4. Why do you think you’d be a good fit for the Writer Overnighter? (200 words max)

5. How do you feel about spending a night nerding out about writing with a bunch of other writers and editors in close quarters, maybe sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag, maybe playing some games, talking craft and publishing and whatever else you’re interested in? (200 words max)

6. Anything else we should know (food allergies, dietary restrictions, special skills and interests)?



  • Application deadline is February 15, 2020.
  • Decisions will be sent by February 21, 2020


  • Dinner and a light breakfast will be provided, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
  • No showers, sorry!
  • There will be rooms for staying awake and chatting, and rooms for floor-sleeping. We’ll offer one room for men (cis and gender-nonconforming), one for women (same), and one coed. Individual accommodations aren’t available.
  • Air mattresses welcomed. Arguably, recommended.

Parking: Weekend parking in the lot across from The Writer’s Center is free. The Bethesda Metro stop is 4/10 mile away.


  • The Writer’s Center and Barrelhouse reserve the right to decline and rescind invitations, or request the departure of a participant at any time should an issue of safety arise. Safety is our first priority, and aggressive, dangerous, or hateful behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Accepted participants are expected to sign a Code of Conduct and Liability Waiver.