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

DEVELOPING YOUR NOVEL with author Erin Dionne

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.

The class will run for 8 Wednesdays, May 7-June 25, from 7-9pm at the Writers' Loft

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

Registration deadline: May 5th.

REGISTER HERE

Spaces limited, first-come-first-served, with priority placement to Loft members. (Priority placement means that non-members may register at any time, but their applications will only be considered after April 17th.)

For additional course details, visit the Classes page

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AGENT/EDITOR PANEL & MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE with

REBECCA PODOS of REES LITERARY AGENCY &

CARTER HASEGAWA of CANDLEWICK PRESS

Join Rebecca Podos and Carter Hasegawa for a morning of query do's and don'ts! Our industry professionals will start off with a panel-style presentation on the topic of queries. Then we will break out into peer one-on-one critique sessions (speed dating style). Each registrant will also have a one-on-one critique with either Ms. Podos or Mr. Hasegawa. We will provide a light brunch and wrap up with a Q & A session.

May 17th, 10am-12:30pm

Cost: $65 for Writers' Loft members; $85 for non-members. (Learn about membership here.)

Registration and submission package deadline: May 3rd.

REGISTER HERE

NOTE: by registering for this event, you commit to critiquing your peers' submission package as well. We hope this will help you gather more insight into your manuscript and connect with possible critique partners.

Spaces limited, first-come-first-served, with priority placement to Loft members.(Non-members may register at any time, but their applications will be queued and considered after April 17th.)

For additional session details, visit the Agent & Editor Programs page.



Chapter Book Craft Chat. On Tuesday, May 13th at 7:30pm, Miriam Glassman, author and illustrator of the acclaimed chapter book Call Me Oklahoma, will lead an informal discussion on tips and techniques for creating chapter books for young readers. Whether you're a chapter book pro or a newbie, come join us for this info-packed event. This event is free and open to all. miriam glassman craft chat flyer


World-Building Panel. On Sunday, May 25th at 2pm, fantasy authors Leah Cypess, Erin Cashman, AC Gaughen, and Adi Rule will discuss their writing process, highlight the particular challenges of creating fantastical settings, and share their world-building tips. (Loft Members: Free, Other Attendees: $5 Donation)
Comedy Improv for Writers On Saturday, June 21st at 2pm, join comedian Josh Poirier as he teaches us how to find "the funny" in anything using both Stand-Up and Improvisational comedy techniques. Learn how to build humor through emotion that can connect with anyone. (Annual and Quarterly Loft Members: Free, Other Attendees: $5 Donation)
Loft Family Picnic. Join the Loft family or bring your own on Saturday, June 28th at 2pm. Open to all!
High Tea at the Loft. Join us on Sunday, July 27th at 3pm for an afternoon of sipping tea, nibbling on scones, and admiring each other's fascinators and top hats. All are welcome!
Second Annual Summer Write-In. On Saturday, August 2nd, join us for the second annual all-day summer write-in. More details to come soon...


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    Check out our new classes and workshops! Erin Dionne is teaching an eight week class on Developing Your Novel in May. And, we have an exciting opportunity to have a critique by agent Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency or by Carter Hasegawa, assistant editor at Candlewick Press. Don't wait too long to register--space in these events is limited. It's never been a better time to join the Loft community!
     
    All Welcome!

     

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