Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary nonprofit, our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. We offer writing residencies, master classes and salons at our 25-year-old retreat on Whidbey Island, and public programs that connect writers with readers and audiences around the world.
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.
Founded in 1985 by the late U.S. poet laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center. Located in Battery Park City, the 11,000-square-foot space houses a 60,000-volume poetry library, a reading room, an exhibition room, and a children’s room, all free and open to the public. Poets House offers a wide range of literary programming, including readings, talks, panels, performances, poetry workshops, and the annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge.
What Cheer Writers Club is a nonprofit organization in downtown Providence supporting Rhode Island’s makers of the written, spoken and illustrated word. They provide networking and career workshops for writers, quiet coworking spaces, and a podcast studio and classes.
Room Project is a space for women and nonbinary writers and artists to work individually and collaboratively. They offer a place for new and seasoned writers alike; for people with defined creative projects, and those whose ambitions are still evolving. The space offers a workspace with communal tables, printer, library, and access to podcast equipment with membership fees. There are also events including a regular reading series, writing workshops, and plays.
The Tuxedo Project Literary Center opened in September 2017 and hosts writing workshops, book readings, author visits and other events. Once the childhood home of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Stephen Henderson, it has been converted to help build community by providing space for meetings and other organizing activities on the 7100 block of Tuxedo. It is open to the public.
The writers’ residence and literary center is in partnership with Marygrove College and the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation.
Opened in June 2019, the Detroit Writing Room is a cozy coworking space in the heart of Detroit for people to work, write, and create.
Members and guests have access to writing coaches who can offer feedback and editing for business materials or literary works such as fiction, nonfiction, essays, and poetry. The Detroit Writing Room also hosts a variety of events including open mic nights, poetry slams, author talks, and writing workshops.
Established in 1991, AAWW is a national nonprofit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing, and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans. The organization hosts a New York City events series featuring author readings, panels, and discussions, as well as writing workshops and other literary events throughout the year.
The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the United States solely dedicated to celebrating fiction. It features affordable workspace, grants, classes to support emerging writers, reading groups on classic and contemporary authors, and programs to help get kids reading, as well as a circulating library collection of 85,000 titles, a reading room, and an independent fiction bookstore.
Melville House Bookstore is located behind the Melville House Publishing office in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. The bookstore is open Monday to Friday from 10:00PM to 6:00PM and has regular (and free) evening events that start at 7:00PM.