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This database of writerly destinations—places writers can visit for inspiration, to promote their writing, for research, and to discover community—includes historical sites, reading venues, literary collections, writing centers, and writers spaces. Save your selections to My P&W and populate a personal Google Map that can be used to plan reading tours and visits to literary meccas, or just to keep track of your favorite literary locales.

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Wellesley Books Wellesley Massachusetts

Located in Wellesley, Massachussetts, Wellesley Books is a locally-owned, independent bookstore that carries children's books, a selection of...

Watermark Books and Cafe Wichita Kansas

Watermark Books & Cafe is an independent bookstore in Witchita, Kansas. The Watermark Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a...

Washington Irving's Sunnyside Tarrytown New York

Author Washington Irving designed his Sunnyside home himself, starting in 1835. The grounds reflect Irving's romantic view of art, nature, and...

Washington Irving Monument Tulsa Oklahoma

This monument was erected and donated to the public by Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Norman Wright to commemorate the visit of the great author to this...

Walt Whitman's Tomb Camden New Jersey

Located about five miles from Philadelphia, Harleigh Cemetery is home to the tomb of American poet and transcendentalist Walt Whitman (1819-1892...

Walt Whitman Birthplace South Huntington New York

The Walt Whitman Birthplace was built in 1819 by Walter Whitman, father to the poet Walt Whitman. Today the Birthplace house and Interpretive...

Walden Pond and Thoreau Cabin Concord Massachusetts

Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. Today, Walden Pond has been designated a National Historic Landmark and...

W.H. Auden's Brooklyn Heights Home Brooklyn New York

W.H. Auden lived in the brownstone on the corner of Montague Street and Montague Terrace from October 1939 to September 1940. A plaque on the...

Vroman’s Bookstore Pasadena California

Founded in 1894, Vroman's is an independent family-run bookstore, a literary landmark, and a community center. The bookstore hosts over 400 events...

Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing Tempe Arizona

The historic President’s Cottage on the Arizona State University Tempe Campus is the home of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing....

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