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

POLISHING YOUR QUERY with Author Kristine Carlson Asselin Saturday, August 23rd, 1:00-3:00pm

kris asselin query workshop flyer Are you a writer ready to start querying agents or editors, but you're not sure where to begin? Author Kristine Carlson Asselin started querying agents in 2010. She's now happily signed with an agent, and recently sold her debut young adult novel to Bloomsbury Spark. Let her experience with querying help you get off on the right foot. This workshop will also touch on polishing your synopsis and first page. Free Query Critique included with class registration.

Click Here to Register for POLISHING YOUR QUERY with Author Kristine Carlson Asselin

Cost: $30 non-member, $20 Writers’ Loft member (Learn more about membership here.) Registration deadline: August 20th.

See our Workshops page for full details!


READ YA LIKE A WRITER with author A. C. Gaughen

8 Tuesdays, September 9-October 28, from 7-9pm at the Writers' Loft.

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It's like your favorite book club, filled with writers, and it ends up making your work better.

Reading is the greatest craft class there is. And most writers are tremendous readers--but how often do we get caught up in the plot and the romance and the TENSION! and forget that there are amazing lessons right in front of us?

Each week, we'll meet with one book to discuss and break down the elements of craft within, training our eye to critically appreciate. Participants will then move from a discussion to application of this to their own work with alternating writing or reflection time included in the class.

Cost: $200 non-member, $150 Writers' Loft member (Learn more about membership here.)

Registration deadline: August 26th (Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this date.)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR READ YA LIKE A WRITER.

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A. C. Gaughen is the author of young adult novels Scarlet and Lady Thief. She serves as the Director of Girls’ Leadership for Boston GLOW, a non-profit organization that creates opportunities to encourage and engage teen girls in the greater Boston area. She holds a masters degree in Creative Writing from St. Andrews University in Scotland and a Masters in Education from Harvard University.


REVISE YOUR NOVEL with author Erin Dionne

6 Thursdays, September 18-October 23, from 7-9pm at the Writers' Loft.

Congratulations! You’ve finished a novel! Or chapter book. Or picture book…or any book! Getting that draft on paper is a huge achievement. But you’re not done yet. Revision is a key element of creating a work of fiction: polishing, editing, and reviewing your work from an objective point of view is necessary to bring a manuscript to a professional level.

In this class we will focus on tactics and strategies necessary to develop strong editorial and revision skills. In each session, we’ll critique one another’s work and apply specific techniques to our manuscript (and although you do not need to have a completed novel to take this class, upwards of 50 pages would be helpful).

In a supportive environment, we will critique each other's work and offer feedback. To help you stay focused, we will use a partner-based model of learning and supporting one another.

Cost: $200 non-member, $150 Writers' Loft member (Learn more about membership here.)

Registration deadline: September 4th (Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this date.)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR REVISE YOUR NOVEL.

Click here for additional class details.

Erin Dionne is the author of five middle grade novels, including the Edgar-nominated mystery Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (Dial Books 2013). She's taught writing for over 10 years at the college level and enjoys helping others whip their books into shape. Follow her on Twitter @erindionne.



Loft Family Picnic. On Sunday, August 31st at 2pm, join the Loft family or bring your own. We'll picnic at the park down Cemetery Lane. Rain or Shine (in case of rain, we'll picnic inside the Loft). This event is free and open to all.


"Killer Robots, Time Portals, and Wizards--Oh My!" A Craft Chat with Carter Hasegawa. We all have the general sense that Realistic & Historical Fiction need to be well-researched - but what about Fantasy & Science Fiction? From monsters to wizards; from dystopian governments to cute, fluffy bunnies; from servants to heroes - on Sunday, September 7th at 2pm we will look at how you can create authentic and relatable characters and build worlds that your readers will love. This event is free and open to all.


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    This summer we've got loads of events lined up. A Picture Book Craft Chat with Jane Sutton on July 15th. Our first Query Support Group on July 19th. A Panel about Organizing Your Writing Life on July 23rd. Our Second Annual Summer Write-In on August 2nd. Build an Author Website with Jen Malone on August 9th. Polish your Query with Kristine Carlson Asselin on August 23rd. Plus our critique groups, think tanks, and as always ... a quiet place to write.
     
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