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

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.


Thinking Outside the Box to Market Your Book with Jen Malone

Saturday, January 31st, 10am-12pm. Prior to her writing career, author Jen Malone was the New England Head of Publicity and Promotions for 20th Century Fox and Miramax Films. As it turns out, creating awareness of a movie title is much the same as marketing a new book. In this two-hour workshop, we'll discuss both inside and outside-the-box strategies authors can employ to get their title noticed in a cluttered marketspace. We'll examine why the target audience influences most of the marketing decisions and unique ways to specifically reach those readers. Finally you'll be shown examples of marketing campaigns that managed to create that elusive "buzz" and examine ways you can do the same for your title!

Registration is required for this event - Registration will be available soon.

Writers' Loft Members: $20; Non-Members: $30



NaNoWriMo Saturday Write-Ins

Saturdays in November 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.


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

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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 www.ericaferencik.com.

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

This event is free and open to all.

Holiday Bazaar Book Fair

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Join us on Saturday, December 6th from 1-4pm 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, crafts, signings, and books galore! This event is free and open to the public.


2nd Annual Loft Family Holiday Party

Bring your family on Saturday, December 13th at 2pm for our 2nd annual holiday party. Additional info TBD.

This event is free and open to all.


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.

All-Star Non-Fiction Author Panel

On Saturday, January 24th from 1-3pm, join Sarah Albee, Leslie Bulion, Loree Griffin Burns, Susan Goodman, and April Jones Prince for a fascinating panel discussion on writing nonfiction for young readers. From biographies to beetles, bodily functions to bees, these prolific writers have the inside scoop on this increasingly vital segment of publishing.

Books by authors will be available for purchase and signing.

(Snowdate on January 25th, 1-3pm)

This event is open to all. $5 donation; Members Free.


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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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