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Write Down the Street

Community & Neighborhood Programs

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.

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 FREE programs offered so far. All classes welcome new and experienced writers! We tailor these classes based on community requests/preferences and class topics that might need more time. Many of our class topics directly address social issues and identity through the art of writing as well.

  • Drop-in Classes: For about 90 minutes, 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. Other drop-in topics also include how to get work published and how to apply to writing fellowships/contests. Plus, we enjoy holding writing submit-a-thons where we submit our work to literary magazines, contests, and fellowships together.
  • 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. For in-person office hours, you usually sign up for time blocks on a first-come, first-served basis. For virtual office hours a group of students can take turns asking questions for the entire session. Sometimes, if it’s a small enough group, the instructor will schedule 15 or 20-minute blocks of time for each student.


Upcoming Write Down the Street Workshops

Check out our list of upcoming classes that are FREE and open to the public offered in partnership with the Boston Public Library Branches in Egleston, Grove Hall, and more.