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!

Creative nonfiction, romance, revision, fairy tale poetry, and many more workshops 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.

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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

March 23th: Failure for Beginners: 100 Submissions in 1 Year

In 2017, Nadia Wolnisty went from having almost nothing published to six books, essays, short stories, poetry prizes, and more. So how did an awkward, insecure poet with no MFA or connections take the plunge into the world of submissions and find success? She decided to be really bad at it, trying–on purpose–to get 100 rejection letters in one year. Her rejection letters piled up–but so did acceptances. From fine-tuning your bio to creating your own submission log, you too can learn how to get 100 rejections in one year (and maybe find success along the way).

March 30th: Revising Like an Editor

To write is to revise—but how do you find the distance necessary to edit your own work? In this workshop, professional editor Amber Helt will walk you through the process of self-editing like a pro. We’ll discuss the different types of editing passes, how a professional assesses a manuscript, and where to start revising your own work. This workshop will focus on developmental and line editing for fiction writers. NOTE: Participants will submit a scene from their own writing (>1000 words) ahead of time to be workshopped by the group.

April 6th: Writing the Wicked: Crafting Villains and Antiheroes in Speculative Fiction

$50 Early Bird available until Friday 3/22!

From Dracula to Lisbeth Salander to the Wicked Witch, speculative fiction is full of characters we love to hate and hate to love. A well-crafted antagonist or questionable protagonist can make a story memorable. In this course, we will examine memorable villains and antiheroes in fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery and talk about creating believable motivation for the unrelatable. Bring your own speculative fiction work to discuss.

March 30th: Deep Ellum Adventure Walk for Young Writers

(Led by Lisa Huffaker) In this family-friendly exploration of Deep Ellum, we’ll gather found text, images, and field notes as we scout this exciting neighborhood for clues about local history, architecture, culture, and art. 

April 13th: 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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Stone Soup Prose & Poetry Workshop

Stone Soup Poetry Workshop

Stone Soup Mixed Genre Workshop

Stone Soup Prose & Poetry Workshop


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