The Writers Studio

“Fact: Literary readings can be boring. Another fact: The Writers Studio . . . is anything but.”

Inspired by Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio,” the Writers Studio brings to Dallas the world’s most accomplished writers for an intimate look at their work. Taped for radio broadcast on KERA and NPR affiliates, previous guests include Junto Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Candace Bushnell, creator of Sex and the City. View some of some of the writers who have visited the studio below.

Season 5 (2007 / 2009)

  • Eric Bogosian
  • Robert Olen Butler
  • Jay McInerney
  • Ann Patchett
  • Richard Price
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Jane Smiley

Listen and download here.


Season 2 (2005 / 2006)

  • Joan Didion
  • Margaret Drabble
  • Umberto Eco
  • Bret Easton Ellis
  • James Ellroy
  • Walter Mosley

Listen here.


Season 1 (2003 / 2004)

  • Julia Alvarez
  • Nicholson Baker
  • T.C. Boyle
  • Tracy Kidder
  • Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Alice Walker

Listen here.


Coming soon!

Broadcasts featuring Louis Begley, Candace Bushnell, J. California Cooper, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Alice Walker, and more! Booklovers can also look forward to unedited versions of complete Studio programs.

Studio Chats

The Writers Studio Chat Series is a pilot project that seeks to put audiences in touch with noted poets, authors, editors and publishers using the latest in video chat, instant messaging, VOIP and live collaboration technology. These brief (20 – 30 minute) programs are free to attend for anyone with a working internet connection. Stay tuned for more information about future programs.

Writers' Community and Mentorship Program (CAMP)

The Writers’ Camp is a continuing education program that provides both MFA-level study and service learning opportunities for adults interested in creative writing

Stone Soup Workshop

Stone Soup peer workshops are an opportunity for writers and poets to come together, share their work and grow as writers.

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What a delight it was to find myself in Dallas for a Writers Studio venue at The Writers Garret. The Writers Studio is of course not a strange and unknown venue to me and it definitely counted among my favorite programs when i sent in my yearly contributions to my own public radio station. The Writers Studio always seemed a much more in depth study of an author’s life and work, a more absorbing exposure to a variety of authors.

Julia Alvarez

New York Times Best-selling author,

I’ve seldom had a more relaxed and friendly experience all around, and I think that must be one big reason the series is such a success. Anyway, The Writers Garret is really onto something here, and I earnestly hope the Writer’s Studio will continue to bring to spoken life the themes and thoughts that matter to us all.

Nicholson Baker

Professor of Poetry and Writing, Novelist and Essayist, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, European Graduate School

I must say that I don’t think I’ve ever experienced more enthusiasm than I encountered from the organizers and audience that I met during my appearance at The Writers Studio. In an era where too few of our fellow citizens are taking time to read and contemplate, your work is crucial.

Photo: Dee Wambaugh

Joseph Wambaugh

Critically acclaimed best-selling author,