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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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National Steinbeck Center Salinas California

Located in John Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas, California, the National Steinbeck Center consists of the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall and the...

Newseum Washington District Of Columbia

The Newseum is an interactive museum of news and journalism housed in a seven-level, 250,000-square-foot facility with fifteen theaters and...

O. Henry House San Antonio Texas

This house was home to William Sidney Porter, better known as the short story writer O. Henry, in 1885. Today the O. Henry House is a museum open...

O. Henry Museum Austin Texas

Located in Austin, Texas, the O. Henry Museum houses artifacts and archival material related to William Sidney Porter, better known as short story...

Patchin Place New York New York

Patchin Place, a quiet dead-end alley off West Tenth Street, was home to many writers, musicians, and artists over the years. Notable residents...

Paul Laurence Dunbar House Dayton Ohio

A modest two-story red brick building with nine rooms, the Paul Laurence Dunbar House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. The...

Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Museum Hillsboro West Virginia

The Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Museum preserves the birthplace home of the author Pearl S. Buck and interprets her life from its origins in the...

Pearl S. Buck House Perkasie Pennsylvania

This sixty-eight-acre estate in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, was home to Pearl S. Buck from 1935 to her death in 1973. Visitors are invited to...

Pontalba Buildings New Orleans Louisiana

In his short story "Hidden Gardens," Truman Capote describes the Pontalba Buildings as "...the oldest, in some ways most somberly elegant,...

Ralph Waldo Emerson House Concord Massachusetts

Built in 1828, this square frame house served as the home to Ralph Waldo Emerson and his second wife, Lydia Jackson, from 1835 to his death in...

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