• 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’re looking for writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or simply a place to hang out with writers or submit your work, these are some Washington, D.C., writing organizations you might want to check out:



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    A literary arts organization offering writing workshops, an author series, and eventually a writer’s residency in Winchester, VA.



    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.


    Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

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


    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    A 2-day writing workshop for writers published or unpublished; offers peer review, instructor feedback, and a community of African American writers with which to share ideas and solutions.


    The Inner Loop

    A literary reading series and network in the D.C. metro area that also offers writing contests, residencies, retreats, and more.



    An organization offering writing workshops, readings, retreats, write-ins, and more for writers in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.


    National Book Festival

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


    Politics and Prose Classes and Trips

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


    Shout Mouse Press

    A nonprofit press offering writing workshops and professional publication, allowing young people (12+) from marginalized backgrounds to sharpen their writing and storytelling skills and gain experience publishing their work.


    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.


    Stand-Up Studios

    Comedy and storytelling classes for all levels.


    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.


    The Writer’s Center

    Cultivates the creation, publication, presentation and dissemination of literary work through writing workshops, author readings and panels, and more.


    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.


    Help us add to this list, Washington, D.C.-ans! Do you know of writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or a Washington, D.C., literary journal we should be aware of? Let us know here