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

World Building Workshop Series with A. C. Gaughen

Saturdays, 2-4pm (7/18, 8/15)

For fiction and non-fiction, contemporary and fantasy and just about everything in between, an excellent story is couched in a vivid world. How do you choose what to describe? How do you know what is essential to making your story stronger rather than bogging it down? This series of workshops will examine different aspects of world building. The workshops can be taken separately, and will also build to a more multifaceted understanding of world building!

world building summer

Members $30 per individual workshop; Non-Members $45 per individual workshop

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Voice on Saturday, July 18th: You might be asking yourself what voice has to do with world building! The answer is a LOT. If you listen to my patterns of speech, you learn about my whole world--what movies I’ve seen, what values I prioritize, what experiences I’ve shared with some friends and not with others. You hear echoes of things my grandparents said, the prayers I learned as a child, the stories that put me to bed at night. All of this comes just from the things I say. Your world MUST dictate your voice, and the voice is a huge and natural part of world-building. I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve that make this task easy and still essential!

Unlocking the Senses on Saturday, August 15th: We often overlook the senses while we’re writing. Perhaps it’s a survival mechanism--as writers, usually we want our environments to be as neutral as possible so that we can slip away from our daily life and into the walls of our stories. But there is nothing so engrossing as being knee-deep in a novel and feeling the powerful relief of a summer thunderstorm as the first drops hit your skin, or the smell in the kitchen when your character comes home. How do you find those senses that illustrate your character’s journey? How do you make them a powerful experience for the reader? Together, we’ll work on answering these questions!



Scribe & Snack Write-In

Friday, July 17th, 10am-2pm

Up your word count during our 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). This session will feature the Jurassic Dark (Chocolate) Cookies from author Hayley Barrett.

jurassic dark

This write-in is open to all. $5 donation; Members $Free$.


Craft Chat: Marketing Your Books with Indie Bookstores

Wednesday, July 22, 7-9pm

Book marketing can seem like an overwhelming endeavor, but one of the best places to start is close to home: at your local independent bookstore. Whether this is your first book or your fifth, learn insider knowledge to help you approach independent bookstores about your book, build a fruitful relationship with booksellers, and prepare for your book launch or author event.

Join former bookseller and bookstore event coordinator Allison Pottern Hock as she covers such topics as:

  • Who is in charge of making sure your book is on bookstore shelves
  • Do’s and don’ts of “cold-calling” a bookstore
  • How bookstores book events
  • Key information your bookstore needs to help promote you and your book
  • How your indie can be a powerful tool in your marketing toolkit
  • Must-haves for a successful book event

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This event is $Free$  and open to all. Hosted by the Writers' Loft Marketing Rally Team.


Game Night & Manuscript Mixer

Friday, August 7th, 7pm

Come cool off with some dynamic fun games! We can’t guarantee you’re going to win – but we can guarantee you’re going to laugh! The games will be interactive team games, but dress casual and comfortable. No experience necessary. You won’t want to miss this exciting evening of entertainment. As always, don't forget to sample the Goblet of Fire.

This event is $Free$ and open to all.


Scribe & Snack Write-In

Friday, July 17th, 10am-2pm

Up your word count during our 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). This session will feature the I Wish You S'Mores Cookies from author Hayley Barrett.

s'more cookies

This write-in is open to all. $5 donation; Members $Free$.


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