• Washington, D.C. Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in Washington, D.C., from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in Washington, D.C., these are some organizations you might want to check out.



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    The Writer’s Center

    Cultivates the creation, publication, presentation and dissemination of literary work. This is an independent literary organization with a global reach, rooted in a dynamic community of writers.

    Politics and Prose Classes and Trips

    Workshops and literary excursions from one of D.C.’s most popular bookstores.

    Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

    Offers classes and workshops in a wide variety of artistic genres, including writing.

    Story District

    Gives voice to people’s life experiences, supports artistic expression, builds community, and contributes to D.C.’s cultural capital and creative economy by promoting and teaching the art of autobiographical storytelling.

    Writers Room DC

    Provides quiet, comfortable and affordable workspace to serious writers of fiction and nonfiction. Writers who wish to use the facility may apply for three-month or six-month memberships.


    D.C.’s branch of the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

    Conversations and Connections

    Annual conference which features editors from a mix of established and cutting-edge literary magazines and small presses, all of whom will help you take the next step in publishing your work.

    Hurston/Wright Workshop

    A 2-day workshop, each class is instructed by a professional who not only knows about writing, but how to teach writing. Whether published or unpublished you will be provided with peer review, instructor feedback, and a community of African-American writers in which to share ideas and solutions.

    Split This Rock

    Dedicated to revitalizing poetry as a living, breathing art form with profound relevance in our daily lives and struggles. Its programs integrate poetry of provocation and witness into movements for social justice and support the poets of all ages who write and perform this vital work.

    National Book Festival

    The Library of Congress’ annual 2-day festival featuring author readings, signings, panel discussions and much more.

    Stand-Up Studios

    Comedy and storytelling classes for all levels.

    The Wonky Writer’s Group

    A group of freelancers meeting weekly to discuss their nonfiction, with a focus on explanatory writing (political and non). Amateurs welcome.

    Edlavitch DCJCC

    Workshops, classes, lectures, readings, and other lit events, held at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center.


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