Literary Site Type: Writing Center

Writers in Progress

This literary arts center is located in western Massachusetts. Founded in 1992 by author Dori Ostermiller, the center offers a variety of weekly, half-day, and one-day writing workshops and retreats, craft development, editorial services, and a year-long manuscript intensive. Workshops are taught by published authors and take place both virtually and in person—in a bright, seven hundred-square-foot studio located in the historic Brushworks Arts and Industry Building. They also host a Community Writing Workshop series and a Live Literature Series, which are both free and open to the public.

Literary Cleveland

Literary Cleveland is a nonprofit organization and creative writing center that empowers people to explore other voices and discover their own. They provide workshops, events, and multiple levels of classes which allow writers and readers of any experience to participate. In 2017, Lit Cleveland introduced a Cleveland Stories, a neighborhood-based writing program; a staged reading series with Cleveland Humanities Festival; and Gordon Square Review, an online literary journal.

916 Ink

916 Ink is an arts-based creative writing and literacy nonprofit in Sacramento, California, that provides workshops and tutoring to transform youth into strong readers, confident communicators, and published authors. 916 Ink’s creative writing palace, the Imaginarium, is designed to inspire youth to see the possibilities in the world around them and create new stories through workshops, field trips, summer creative writing camps, and community meetings.

Larksong Writers Place

Larksong Writers Place is a nonprofit organization operating out of a remodeled Cornhusker Bank building in Lincoln, Nebraska. Larksong’s mission is to help shape the next generation of Midwestern writers to continue the tradition of storytelling through their writing workshops, educational community events, individual manuscript consulting, and co-working space. Sessions are offered online and on-site, where experienced mentors provide tailored advice, feedback, and guidance to help writers develop their skills and refine their work to become published.

The Writers Grotto

The Writers Grotto is a coworking space for writers located in San Francisco. Writers, literary agents, and content producers are able to sublease or rent the mezzanine or office space by the hour. Workshops with teachers from different disciplines and industries are offered for several genres including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, journalism, and screenwriting. Writers may apply to become members to teach classes and attend events. Events are frequently held by the community, such as readings and write-ins, and classes are available daily. 

Poetry Society of America

The Poetry Society of America, the nation’s oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910. Its mission is to build a larger and more diverse audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the vitality and breadth of poetry in the cultural conversation, to support poets through an array of programs and awards, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life. 


Counterpath is a publisher, gallery and event space, and bookstore. As a publisher, Counterpath was founded in 2006 and has published over sixty titles to date. Its gallery and event space, opened in late 2010 and hosts art, music, digital, film, and literary exhibitions, performances, and events. Its bookstore, part of the event space, carries titles published by small and independent presses.

San Diego Writers, Ink

San Diego Writers, Ink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They offer classes, groups, workshops, readings and other literary events at The Ink Spot and other locations throughout San Diego County. Some of their monthly literary events including Friday Night Liberty Open House, San Diego Memoir Association Meet-Up, Dime Stories: Open Mic Prose Nights, Sunday Author Series, and more. 

Brooklyn Poets

Brooklyn Poets offers small, intensive poetry workshops taught by award-winning poets, both online and in person at their space in Brooklyn Heights. Workshops are offered in three seasons (winter–spring, summer and fall) at three different levels and typically run five to seven weeks. In addition to workshops, they offer drop-in classes, virtual craft labs, and a mentorship program.

Brooklyn Poets also hosts a reading series and their popular Yawp series, a monthly poetry workshop and open mic held on the second Monday of every month from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

San Francisco Creative Writing Institute

Founded in 2015, the San Francisco Creative Writing Institute offers writing workshops in several genres to writers of all ages, creating a community of writers who continue an open exchange of ideas and inspiration. Their instructors are published working writers, professors, editors, and master teachers.


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