Manuscript Conferences

New Dates for fall 2019!     

October 26 – 27, New York City (SoHo)

Registration is Open for our Manuscript Intensive Conferences



Limited to 14, for experienced poets only who are serious about their craft and who desire to learn how to effectively revise, refine, order, and title a manuscript for publication.

We will meet in two intimate groups of seven, starting promptly at and ending at 6 pm each day. Faculty will rotate between the two groups. You will benefit from on-site, real-time, immediately applicable feedback on your manuscript as a whole, together with in-depth comments on individual poems and substantive personalized guidance toward the finished book.

In addition, we will unlock for you key insights and information on how to successfully navigate the publishing world. Here is the only poetry conference that includes a full manuscript review, with annotation and analysis of selected poems..

In addition, individually tailored submission suggestions will be provided, both for yet unpublished poems and for the manuscript as a whole, including valuable strategies for building an audience, even as you are submitting to publishers.

Registered poets will be given proprietary pre-conference assignments to complete and review with the conference faculty. This pre-conference challenge is designed to help you think through and better conceive the shape and arc of your manuscript, to discern which of your strategies on the page lead to the most successful poems, and to assist you in knowing how to evaluate your manuscripts with a publisher’s eyes.

Enrollment and Logistics 

Each two-day conference meets daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Lodging and meals are not included in the conference fee.


Limited to 14 participants, divided into two, intimate groups.



October 26 – 27, New York City (SoHo)



Work Plan & Pre-conference Assignment

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Participant Comments

“I do feel that my editor’s eye has been trained in both the close read and the over-all picture. Being invited to questioning the strategy and the moment of a poem were very helpful techniques to me. Also, the emphasis on finding the place where a poem is hiding from itself, or where the speaker is hiding from where the poem wants to go–thinking in that way in those terms was revelatory. Thank you for a very valuable learning experience.”  –Renee Schell

“The conference was out of this world wonderful!  I loved having the sessions in homes.”  —Jill Murray

“I could go on for days about what I learned, but to sum it up I walked away with a valuable tool box much needed for improving my craft and tapping into more creativity; and how to dissect at poem as if it were a science project! I have experience with those helping my kids in science fair for so many years!  I learned to make each word a poem! I also benefited immensely from the list of journals for submissions and advice on submitting a full manuscript and names of publishers.”  —Lorene Zouzounis

“I’ve attended three conferences with Jeffrey and each one opens new doors to my writing. His editor’s eye teaches how to stand back from one’s work, with a positive attitude, and find just the right next step to take, whether a subtle tweak or radical revision. He engages all the senses, keeps a varied and respectful pace that demands your full engagement but does not exhaust you. His reading is incisive, his interactions generous, and his passion for the art infectious.”  —Nancy Meyer

Jeffrey Levine is the author of three books of poetry: Rumor of Cortez, nominated for a 2006 Los Angeles Times Literary Award in Poetry, Mortal, Everlasting, which won the 2002 Transcontinental Poetry Prize. A third book The Problem with Brooklyn is forthcoming. His many poetry prizes include the Larry Levis Prize from the Missouri Review, the James Hearst Poetry Prize from North American Review, the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the Ekphrasis Poetry Prize, and the American Literary Review poetry prize. His poems have garnered 14 Pushcart nominations. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, Levine is founder, Editor‐in‐Chief and Publisher of Tupelo Press, an award‐winning independent literary press located in the historic Eclipse Mill in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. In addition, he has served for several years on the core faculty of the Colrain Manuscript Conferences and is Director of the esteemed Tupelo Press Writing Conferences.

Kristina Marie Darling is Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Quarterly, Associate Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press, and a contributing writer at Publishers Weekly. A recent graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Literature at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo, she is currently working toward an M.F.A. in Poetry at New York University. She is the author of twenty-seven books.

Contact Information

Email: conferences@tupelopress.org
Phone: 413‐664‐9611

Refund Policy: Refund up to 4 weeks prior each conference, less 15% processing fee.