Wendy’s Subway is a nonprofit library and workspace that hosts a range of public programs, including interdisciplinary readings and screenings, talks and lectures, discussion and reading groups, writing workshops, and free courses. Its noncirculating library holds a collection of books and documents with a special focus on poetry, art, theory, and philosophy, as well as the Laurin Raiken Archive, an extensive resource for the study of art history and criticism.
The Writers Place is a literary community center, library, and gathering place for writers, readers, and the general public. The center hosts workshops for teens and adults, as well as readings and open mic nights. In addition to three regular reading series, additional readings are held throughout the year by local, regional, and visiting writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
The Mechanics’ Institute is a leading cultural center that includes a vibrant library, a world-renowned chess program, and a full calendar of engaging cultural events, including author readings, writing workshops, technology classes, civic discussions, book groups, film screenings, and community gatherings. Founded in 1854 to serve the educational and social needs of mechanics—artisans, craftsmen, and inventors—and their families, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, chess players, and the twenty-first-century nomadic worker.
The Independent Publishing Resource Center’s mission is to facilitate creative expression, identity, and community by providing individual access to tools and resources for creating independently published media and artwork. Since its inception in 1998 the center has been dedicated to encouraging the growth of a visual and literary publishing community by offering a space to gather and exchange information and ideas, as well as to produce work. The IPRC regularly holds workshops, classes, talks, readings, performances, presentations, and book release events.
The “Minott House” Henry David Thoreau refers to is known today on the National Register of Historic Places as the Wheeler-Minot Farmhouse/Henry David Thoreau Birth House. Locally, it is also known as “Thoreau Farm.” The Thoreau Farm Trust, a nonprofit organization, is committed to preserving Thoreau’s birth house.
Visits to the house are by guided tour only and are seasonal. The house also hosts events and offers a writing studio to rent for space to write.
Avenue 50 Studio is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts presentation organization grounded in Latina/o culture, visual arts, and the Northeast Los Angeles Community, that seeks to bridge cultures through artistic expression, using content-driven art to educate and to stimulate intercultural understanding. They host two monthly readings, one offsite semi-monthly reading, and various workshops, talks, lectures, panel discussions, poetry series, and book launches.
Writer’s Atelier is a place writers can visit to associate or network with other writers and improve their craft. They provide a variety of editing and consulting services for writers as well. The facility hosts literary group gatherings, writing workshops, book signings and readings, writing and reading groups and clubs, open mic events, and other small literary events.
Writespace is a grassroots literary arts organization founded by writers, for writers. Writespace hosts its national literary festival, Writefest, in March of each year, and its local literary festival, Writers’ Family Reunion, in August of each year. In addition to offering regular weekly workshops, Writespace offers manuscript consultations, readings, write-ins, open mics, and classes and private lessons for young writers.
Established in 1991, AAWW is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans. The organization hosts a New York events series featuring author readings, panels, and discussions, as well as writing workshops and other literary events throughout the year.
Formerly known as Press Street, the organization was formed in 2005 with a mission to promote art and literature in the community through events, publications, and arts education. In addition to an extensive online presence, Room 220 hosts a variety of workshops, lectures, and events focusing on all things written. Antenna also has a gallery space and is home to Big Class, a youth creative writing initiative that hosts after-school programs and workshops, and partners with area schools on projects that cultivate students’ interest in writing.