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

PiBoIdMo Kickoff Party

Join us on Thursday, October 30th at 7pm to prepare for Picture Book Idea Month! PiBoIdMo is a November writing challenge for picture book writers and illustrators. The object is to jot down one picture book concept daily. By the end of the month you’ll have at least 30 bright & shiny new ideas! You can then refer to these ideas throughout the year to jump-start your creativity and write new manuscripts.

We'll kick off with some food, chat, social time, and possibly a special guest.

This event is free and open to all.

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.

Revision Workshop with Nancy Werlin

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On Sunday, November 16, from 1:00-4:00 pm, Nancy Werlin presents “Less Is More, Artful Cutting and Shaping.” NE-SCBWI teams up with the Writer’s Loft to sponsor this Revision Workshop at The Donahue Center for Creative & Applied Arts, Lasell College, Newton, MA.

To register, download this form, print it, fill it out, and mail it in. Registration accepted through November 13th, or until maximum capacity is reached.

Note that this event is not at the Loft. It is located at The Donahue Center for Creative & Applied Arts, Lasell College, 1844 Commonwealth Ave, Newton, MA 02466.

Scribe & Snack Monthly Friday Write-In

Up your word count on Friday, November 21st from 10am-2pm for our monthly Scribe & Snack 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 and coffee). November's snack is Caramel Apple Crisp Bites.

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.

How to Make Your Dialogue Snap, Crackle and Pop

A Craft Chat with Erica Ferencik

Written or screen dialogue is not what we hear in daily life. Unlike everyday chatter, every word of dialogue on the page or the stage should sound spontaneous and lifelike, as well as resonate with characterization and meaning. No easy feat! We all know how quickly bad dialogue can sink a book, play or film, while good dialogue can raise the experience to a new level of enjoyment and excellence.

Please join author Erica Ferencik on Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30pm for an informal discussion including tips and techniques for improving your dialogue: how to make it ring true, reveal character, create tension, add depth through subtext, and more. Learn more about Erica at

(Snow Date: Wednesday, December 3 at 7:30pm)

This event is free and open to all.

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.

Prime Time Rhyme: A Craft Chat with Josh Funk

Rhyming picture books are frowned upon by agents and editors. Yet numerous rhyming picture books get published every year. Why? How? Join us on January 13th as Josh Funk discusses the reasons that make writing in rhyme difficult, several dos and (many) don'ts, what tools to use, and how to get your manuscript in front of the right editors and agents. Writing in rhyme is not for everyone. But when it’s done right, it adds an extra element of charm that no publisher can resist.

(Snow Date: Wednesday, January 14th at 7:30pm)

This event is free and open to all.

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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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