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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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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....

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...

James Merrill House Stonington Connecticut

James Merrill came to Stonington in 1954 and took up residence at 107 Water Street with his companion, David Jackson. Merrill spent summers in...

Stanford University's Special Collections and University Archives Stanford California

Located at Stanford University, the Special Collections and University Archives house over 48,000 linear feet of original materials, an additional...

Left Bank Books St. Louis Missouri

Founded in 1969, Left Bank Books is an independently-owned bookstore (with two locations) offering a wide range of new and used books, and...

Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum St. Helena California

Established in 1969, the Silverado Museum is a non-profit organization that houses one of the world's most distinguished collections of...

Main Street Books St. Charles Missouri

Main Street Books has been an independent book provider for over twenty years. In addition to books, patrons can purchase a multitude of gift...

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden Springfield Massachusetts

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is a historic landmark located in the green quadrangle at the center of the Springfield Museums...

Auntie's Bookstore Spokane Washington

Auntie's Bookstore is an independent bookseller in Spokane, Washington that offers both new and used books. The bookstore also hosts regular...

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...

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