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There have been changes made to the WDTS class schedule. Please read class information carefully and note cancellations and updates.

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Write Down the Street

Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who face challenges due to cost, language skills, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that all voices must be spotlighted with the range and fullness they deserve.

These programs are in partnership with Boston Public Library and offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard. This program is also supported in part by the Mass Cultural Council.

Click on the links below to sign up for a class. 

Types of Classes

Want to get into creative writing, but not sure where to begin? Get inspired with a FREE session at your local library. There are three types of programs offered so far. All classes welcome new and practicing writers!

Drop-in Classes: For about one hour, you’ll meet fellow writers, and learn to tell your story through fun directed exercises in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and sometimes other genres or forms.

Multi-week Classes: These 2-hour classes meet weekly for three to six weeks. These regular meetings allow for more time to share work and give and receive light feedback. Students read and discuss excerpts of works written by new and established authors, and try writing exercises that deepen and expand their own writing.

Ask a Writer: Office Hours – These are open to anyone who wants to ask an instructor a question about a writing project, resources, opportunities, upcoming classes, and tips. Just come to the library and sign up for a 20-minute max time block. Unfortunately, advance reservations are not possible. Office hours time blocks are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library

Drop-Ins: 

Tuesday, October 18th- It Came From Right Next Door! Horror Generator w/ Peter Medeiros (Online!)

4 Mondays starting November 7th- Writing Fiction from the Diaspora w/ Rolando Lopez (Online!)

Tuesday, November 15th- Magic on the Page: Fantasy Short Stories w/ Peter Medeiros (Online!)

Wednesday, November 16th- Decolonial Speculative and Science Fiction w/ Rolando Lopez (Online!)

Friday, December 9th- Decolonial Speculative and Science Fiction: Another Look w/ Rolando Lopez (Online!)

Multi-Week:

3 Mondays starting August 15th- Poetry, Experience, Idea, and Story w/ J.D. Debris (Online!)

4 Wednesdays starting September 7th- Revolutionary Poetics w/ Imani Cezanne (Online!)

Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library

Drop-Ins:

Saturday, August 20th- Inclusively Building Worlds w/ Lysz Flo (Online!)

Egleston Square Branch of the Boston Public Library

Drop-Ins: 

Wednesday, August 31st- Transforming the Ordinary w/ Binx Perino (In-Person!)

Wednesday, December 7th- The Spoken Word w/ Imani Cezanne (Online!)

Multi-Week:

4 Wednesdays starting July 27th- The Beginner's Poetry Workshop w/ Binx Perino (In-Person!)

4 Fridays, starting August 5th- Árbol en Llamas w/ Jeni De La O (Online!)

Ask a Writer: Office Hours

Tuesday, August 23rd- Ask A Writer: Virtual Office Hours w/ Imani Cezanne (Online!)

Thursday, Septermber 8th- Ask A Writer: Virtual Office Hours w/ Maria Pinto (Online!)

These are open to anyone who wants to ask an instructor a question about a writing project, resources, opportunities, upcoming classes, and tips. Just come to the library and sign up for a 20-minute max time block. Office hours time blocks are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Instructors are now offering virtual office hours on the following days:  

Neighborhood Memoir Projects:

GrubStreet is partnering with the Boston Public Library to offer three multi-week workshops as part of a series dedicated to recording Boston's collective memory. 

6 Wednesdays starting July 6th- WDtS/ Boston Public Library Workshop: South End Memoir Project w/ Theresa Okokon and Angie Chatman (Online!)

6 Tuesdays starting July 5th- WDtS/ Boston Public Library Workshop: Roxbury Memoir Project w/ Angie Chatman and Theresa Okokon (In-Person!)

4 Thursdays starting September 29th- WDtS/ Boston Public Library Workshop: East Boston Memoir Project w/ Angie Chatman and Theresa Okokon (In-Person!)

Applying to GrubStreet's Emerging Writer Fellowship: Info Sessions

Applying to fellowships, contests, scholarships and other creative writing opportunities can be intimidating, especially the first time around. Come join us for a question-and-answer session that clarifies the application process for GrubStreet’s Emerging Writer Fellowship as well as many other opportunities. Once you understand the basic elements of an application, you’ll have the building blocks to tackle most applications in the future. 

Meet the Instructors

Maria Pinto's writing has appeared in FriggNecessary FictionWord Riot, and Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities: Boston, among other publications. You can read, listen, or watch about her love of mushrooms and foraging in Bust, PBS's Poetry in America (forthcoming), or on Boston's NPR station, WBUR. She has been awarded fellowships by the Writers' Room of Boston, The Mastheads, Garrett on the Green, and Vermont Studio Center. She edits fiction for Peripheries Journal and is the Community Programs Fellow at GrubStreet.


Quentin Lucas is a Germany-born, Boston-raised bookworm. After meandering through college on his way to a degree in Business Management, he then adventured his way through the US Army and discovered a need to follow his passion for writing. As a freelancer, copywriter, and essayist, Quentin has worked on projects with MIT and Vistaprint, and has written for publications like the Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Blerds Online, and Fourth River Literary Magazine. While awaiting the fall of 2019, when he will begin his MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College, Quentin is crafting the second novel of his fantasy trilogy and is considering a memoir about his military days.

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