The Common Language Project: Transformation

Returning for its second year, this poetry competition, anthology, and public reading invites you to come into a shared and sacred space and bear testimony to a transformation. Submissions open March 1st-31st. Cash award for all thirty winners. Judges: Will Evans, Darius Ajai Frasure, Opalina Salas.

Spring Programs and Workshops Now Open!

Revision, speculative fiction, adventure walks for writers, and many more workshops still lie ahead! Check out the programs coming this spring:

Writers In Neighborhoods & Schools

Writers in Neighborhoods & Schools (WINS) workshops and programs equip people of any age, background, or walk of life with the tools to write their story!

Rail Writers 2018

204 young writers.
11 partner venues.
3 neighborhoods.
20 rides.
1 amazing summer of Rail Writers.

This is Rail Writers 2018. This is The Writer’s Garret.

Become a Sustaining Donor

Show your support for our creative writing programs and receive a selection of great gifts and benefits!

Thank you, community partners!

Learn more about the friends and collaborators that help our programs take flight!

“Let a man in a garret but burn with enough intensity, and he will set fire to the world.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

April 20th: A Writer's Walk through Deep Ellum


(Adults 18+)

Essayist A. Kendra Greene serves as our guide on a writing adventure through historic Deep Ellum. Learn some history you never knew, get a close-up look at the great contemporary art that covers the streets, and hear the sounds of music and humanity unlike anywhere else in Dallas while crafting your own creative response to Dallas’s most vibrant neighborhood.

April 27th: Ekphrasis: Poetic Response to Visual Art

The popular workshop returns! Ekphrasis, or responding to visual art in poetry, is an important literary tradition. This workshop will explore as ekphrasis as a tool to discovery and increased poetic skill. Come prepared to generate work in response to visual art on display in the ArtSpace gallery. This workshop is suitable for all poets at all levels of experience.

Stone Soup Peer Critique Groups

Free monthly meetings. Three different spaces to connect with Dallas writers. Seeking constructive feedback on your creative writing in an easygoing workshop environment? Stone Soup is for you.

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Your donation increases our ability to share literature and develop writing skills that can change the lives of children and youth, “at risk” populations, adult learners, educators, and members of the community. What’s more: every dollar you give to The Writer’s Garret leverages another $5, so give generously!


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