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

The Writers' Loft First Contest & Anthology!

Submit your previously unpublished short work (fiction or non-fiction) or one page illustration and the winners will be published in the Writers’ Loft anthology. Our theme is “FIRSTS”. Anyone who is a Writers’ Loft quarterly or yearly member, or has attended an event at the Loft is eligible to enter. See our rules page and email writersloftma (at) gmail (dot) com if you have questions.

Submissions will open on August 1st, 2015, and close September 30th, 2015. Winners will be announced by Jan. 1st, 2016 and the Anthology will be published in fall 2016. Our goal is to showcase the Writers’ Loft community’s best work, to raise money for continued programming at the Loft, and to provide an outlet of publication for our community.


World Building Workshop Series with A. C. Gaughen

Saturday, 8/15, 2-4pm

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; Non-Members $45

Register here

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!

Summer Evening Write-In Series

Tuesdays, 6:30-9pm

Join a small but dedicated group of writers on Tuesday evenings all summer to work together and stay on track! (come earlier or later if you like)

These write-ins are open to all. $5 donation; Members $Free$.

Game Night & Manuscript Mixer

Friday, August 7th, 7pm

Come cool off with some dynamic fun games and meet some potential critique partners and beta readers! 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, August 21st, 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 $Free$.

Annual Loft Family Picnic

Saturday, August 29th, 12pm

Join us at the park down Cemetery Lane (just past the Loft). Bring your family and some food. Nuts are welcome (just mark those dishes and people). Rain date Sunday, August 30th.

This event is $Free$ and open to all.

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The Writers’ Loft is a 501(c)(3) non-profit

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