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The Writer’s Center supports writers and everyone who wants to write.

We offer 300 workshops a year, dozens of free events, free writers groups, and more. Visit writer.org for our complete list of workshops and events.

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The Writer's Center LIVE!

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Readings! Live music! Antics! Beer! Featuring nationally renowned authors Stephanie Allen, Tyrese Coleman, Philip Dean Walker, Kayla Rae Whitaker, & Vonetta Young. Hosted by Amy Freeman, Emily Holland, and Zach Powers, with music by Ralvell Rogers II. Book sales courtesy of East City Bookshop. FREE and open to the public. Open bar for the 21+ crowd. ABOUT THE READERS Stephanie Allen (TONIC & BALM, 2019) is an NEA fellowship recipient whose first book, the story collection A PLACE BETWEEN STATIONS, was a Hurston-Wright award finalist. Tyrese L. Coleman is a writer, wife, mother, and attorney. Her debut collection of stories and essays, HOW TO SIT, was published by Mason Jar Press in 2018 and nominated for a 2019 PEN Open Book Award. Her work has appeared as a notable in Best American Essays 2018 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Philip Dean Walker holds a BA in American Literature from Middlebury College and an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. His debut collection of short stories, AT DANCETERIA, was published by Squares & Rebels in November 2016 and was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017. His second collection of stories, READ BY STRANGERS, was published by Lethe Press in April 2018. Kayla Rae Whitaker is the winner of TWC’s First Novel Prize for THE ANIMATORS. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Lenny, Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, and others. THE ANIMATORS was named a best debut novel of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly and a best book of 2017 by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, and BookPage. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and New York University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Vonetta Young is an essayist, memoirist, and short storyist. She is an alumna of writing workshops at VONA/Voices, VQR, Yale, Squaw Valley, Bread Loaf, and Tin House. She received a BA in English and an MBA in finance from Georgetown University. She is originally from New Jersey, grew up in North Carolina, and lives in Washington, DC.

Memoir Bootcamp

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$500 | Register at writer.org/event/memoir-bootcamp/ Limit to 11 participants Join The Writer's Center for a week-long Memoir Bootcamp! The best way to decipher the truth about yourself is by setting about the sometimes grueling, always revealing, usually embarrassing task of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). How else to process your childhood fear of dolls (guilty as charged), make sense of your obsession with Victorian hair jewelry (guilty again), or wonder what’s at the root of your sibling rivalries. In this 5-day workshop on the essentials of memoir writing, you will learn how to frame a narrative, find a unique voice, reflect on the past through the present and much more. By the end of our week together, you will have a deeper understanding of the form and see that writing memoir is a way to find meaning in our lives, and wrangle art from our pain, trauma, coming of age, and struggles with identity. You know, all the stuff that makes up a life worth examining. As a group, we will discuss the hallmarks of all good memoir and personal essays, take time for a short writing prompts, discussion of work in progress, and, because good writing demands good reading, we will take a look at other fine examples in this genre. About Instructor Cathy Alter Cathy Alter’s feature articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in local and national newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Self, McSweeney’s, and SMITH Magazine. Her book, Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood was released in 2004 and her memoir, Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over was released in July 2008. She holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, where she is currently a faculty member and nonfiction adviser. More about her at: cathyalter.com.

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Prose Writer's Group @ The Writer's Center

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