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

Thinking Outside the Box to Market Your Book with Jen Malone

jen malone marketing workshop flyerSaturday, 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 - Click here to Register.

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

Registration Deadline is January 28th. No refunds after 7 days prior to the workshop.


Elements of a Breakout Picture Book with Ammi-Joan Paquette

Saturday, February 7th, 2-4pm. What kinds of picture books are selling right now? How does this differ from what has sold five or ten years ago, and what does this mean for picture book authors today? Literary agent and author Ammi-Joan Paquette will analyze recent releases and successful sales, and share hands-on tips and tricks that you can use right now to make your picture book sparkle its way right into publication.

Registration is required for this event - Click here to Register.

Writers' Loft Members: $35; Non-Members: $50

Registration Deadline is February 5th. No refunds after 7 days prior to the workshop.



December Scribe & Snack Monthly Friday Write-In

Up your word count on Friday, December 19th 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). December's snack is Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints.

Chocolate Peppermint ThumbprintsWe 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.


Book Launch: THE GOSSIP FILE by Anna Staniszewski

The Gossip File by Anna StaniszewskiSaturday, January 10th at 2pm: Come celebrate the release of THE GOSSIP FILE, the third book in the Dirt Diary series, with Lofter Anna Staniszewski. Anna wrote and revised large parts of the book at The Writers' Loft, so it's only fitting that we celebrate the book's birthday there too! There will be a short reading and Q&A, along with snacks and book-related crafts. Copies of Anna's novels will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Wellesley Books.

(Snowdate on January 11th at 2pm)

This event is free and open to all.

January Scribe & Snack Monthly Friday Write-In

Almond Toffee cookies

Up your word count on Friday, January 16th 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). With a nod to all those (futile) 2015 resolutions, the signature offering for January will be.... Cooking Light's Oatmeal Toffee Cookies.

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


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.


Writing Romance: A Craft Chat with Marissa Doyle

Tuesday, February 10th at 7:30pm: Romance is the Rodney Dangerfield of fiction; it's the genre that "don't get no respect." On the other hand, with sales of $1.08 billion dollars in 2013, it's by far the most popular form of genre fiction. On Tuesday, February 10 at 7:30 pm (just in time for Valentine's Day!) join YA author and president of the Romance Writers of America's Young Adult Chapter Marissa Doyle to talk about how romance novels are like both sonnets and football games, the craft of writing romance, and the romance publishing world. Books by the author will be available for purchase and signing.

(Snow Date: Wednesday, February 11th at 7:30pm)

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 March 3rd at 7:30pm 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, March 4th at 7:30pm)

This event is free and open to all.


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    Join us this winter for our Holiday Author Bazaar (12/6), Holiday Party (12/13), Monthly Friday Write-Ins (12/19), Gossip File Book Launch (1/10), All-Star Non-Fiction Panel (1/24), Marketing Workshop (1/31), Romance Craft Chat (2/10), & Rhyming Craft Chat (3/3).. Plus our critique groups, think tanks, and as always ... a quiet place to write.
     
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