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Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format.

For 20 years, we have helped writers bring their voices to the page.

The Writing Salon, founded in 1999, is a creative writing school for adults. We believe that creativity empowers, heals, and transforms; that a love for language and story binds people together as a community of independent voices; that the study of the craft of writing should be open to everyone; and that critique of our own and others’ writing can be, at once, constructive and compassionate.

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The Writing Salon is a place of non-judgment, a place for mutual encouragement and dialogue, a place where ideas spark and I become inspired.

Laura Koehn

The classes I took at the Salon were my first exposure to workshop critique and participating in the creative process with other students. I felt as the sessions progressed, I read work (mine and others’) more critically, saw areas for growth and clarity, and identified how to better help my peers by asking questions.

Sam Jacobs

I’ve finished the first draft of a novel . . . A significant accomplishment that would not have happened without the Writing Salon.

Brian Byrne

I learned that I do not have to be published to find value in my own writing. That literature has an enormous value to modern society and to the individual producing it.

Roger Mills

Announcing the 2019 Jane Underwood Poetry Prize Winner

The 2019 Jane Underwood Poetry Prize winner is John Sibley Williams for his poem “Armistice.” The finalists are Heather Campbell, Sharon Coleman, and Grace Li.

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Announcing the 2019 Jane Underwood Poetry Prize

The Jane Underwood Poetry Prize was established to celebrate and memorialize Jane Underwood, the founder and long-time director of The Writing Salon. Open to all poets, the prize is awarded for a single poem. This year’s final judge is Rick Barot. The submission deadline is December 1, 2019.

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Announcing The Writing Salon Scholarship

With the launch of The Writing Salon Scholarship program, we will welcome writers of promise over the age of 18 who may not have had access to our community previously due to financial need. In 2019, we will offer two writers a $300 credit for Writing Salon classes, an invitation to do a featured reading at our school, and a private consultation with an instructor.  Submissions will be accepted from July 1 – August 1.

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