The Writers' Loft--Sherborn, MA

Because writing doesn't have to be a solitary pursuit.

Welcome to The Writers' Loft

A community dedicated to providing writers with what they need to get their careers to the next level. We have a quiet, drop-in writing loft and a community room for hanging out and special events. Come write with us!


Upcoming Events, Classes, & Workshops

Agent & Editor Brunch & Critiques

Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency & Julie Bliven of Charlesbridge

Saturday, October 18th, 10am-1pm

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It's hard to know when a query and first pages are working! That's why it's so important to have face time with an agent or editor. Please join us on October 18th for a personal critique with either Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency or Julie Bliven of Charlesbridge. We will break in the middle of critiques to have a light brunch and hear what Rebecca and Julie have to say about the do's and don'ts of querying. There will also be time for informal, on-the-spot critiques or social time with peers.

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Cost: $65 Writers' Loft Member, $85 non-member (Learn more about membership here.)

Registration deadline: October 4th



Prompt & Potluck Soiree

Looking for inspiration and an excuse to nosh and hang with friends? Join us for a Prompt & Potluck Soiree on Sunday, October 5th from 1–4pm.

The prompt is: Unaware

Here’s how it works:

  1. Look at the writing prompt and write something that incorporates it in whatever way makes sense to you. (For example if the prompt were “spices” you could write about cooking…a character with a spicy little attitude…someone named Coriander Allspice…) Write a picture book, a short story or flash fiction piece, a scene from a longer WIP, whatever you want.
  2. Sign up to bring either an appetizer, a dessert, or a drink.
  3. Come. Eat. Socialize. And share your piece. First drafts are acceptable, even encouraged.
This event is free and open to all.

Yoga for the Creative Process 5 Tuesdays (10/7 through 11/4), 9:45-11am

On Tuesday mornings, discover how moving the body can unlock creativity! Kerry has been practicing yoga for more than eight years and recently completed her teacher training in The Yoga of Energy Flow. This practice strengthens the life force, brings clarity to the mind and awakens one's true nature. Kerry's classes have been called energizing, grounding and relaxing as well as "a meditation in motion", offering students a variety of ways to open the body, still the mind and connect to the breath. As a life-long artist and an art teacher of children for the past 20 years, Kerry brings to her classes compassion, creativity and a desire to illuminate the innate gifts and strengths in each of her students.

Price TBA. Class is discounted for Loft members. Email writersloftma[at]gmail[dot]com for details.


The Art of Critiquing with Heather Kelly & Anna Staniszewski

Tuesday, October 14th, 7:30pm: One of the quickest ways to learn about our own writing strengths and weaknesses is to get critiques from others in the business. During this craft chat, critique partners Heather Kelly and Anna Staniszewski will discuss how to effectively give critiques, how to understand the meanings behind critiques that others give us, and even how to translate rejection letters. They'll also cover tips and tricks to emotionally detach and process the feedback. This event is free and open to all, but would be a great prep for the Agent/Editor Brunch & Critique event on Oct. 18th. critiquing craft chat flyer

Monthly Friday Write-In

Up your word count on Friday, October 17th from 10am-2pm at our monthly Write-In. Drop in for all or part of the day to write. Take a break at noon to chat over bagged lunches (we'll provide the tea, coffee, and cookies). We plan on holding this Write-In on the 3rd Friday of every month, but check Calendar to the right to be sure. This event is open to all. $5 donation; Members Free.


NaNoWriMo Saturday Write-Ins

Saturdays in November 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22 from 1-3pm

Come write with us during November! Whether you are participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) or not, join us at the Loft and get that word count done. It's amazing how productive you can be when writing alongside other writers! This event is free and open to all.


Teen Writing Workshop Series

Are you a teen interested in writing a novel or participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? Join us for a series of FREE writing workshops on Sundays in November from 2-4pm.

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Registration Required. Register Here for Free.

For more information, email writersloftma[at]gmail[dot]com.

Holiday Bazaar Book Fair

Join us on Saturday, December 6th in the afternoon to celebrate all the Loft book successes! Get ready to support your fellow writers and get your holiday shopping done all in one day. We'll have speakers and signings and books galore! If you are a published author, please RSVP to writersloftma [at] gmail [dot] com to let us know you would like to bring your books to sell. This event is free and open to the public.


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    This fall we've got a Friday Write-In (9/19), Prompt & Potluck Soiree (10/5), an Agent & Editor Brunch & Critique Session (10/18), NaNo Write-Ins scheduled throughout November, and Holiday Book Bazaar (12/6). Plus our critique groups, think tanks, and as always ... a quiet place to write.
     
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