21 Years.

An Amazing Trip.


Help us write THE NEXT CHAPTER

Once upon a time, writers and educators and readers worried about people reading less. At the same time, schools worried more about testing scores than children and youth learning to think, create, and connect.

Kids dropped out.

Crime soared.

Books and bookstores disappeared right before our eyes.

Writers had few places to go to find readers or each other.

Dark times indeed.

But many bright lights sparkled above the horizon! Concerned writers-educators-readers knew about the good, community work being done by independent literary centers in Houston, Minneapolis, New York, and elsewhere, and decided Dallas needed one, too. They knew language defines us as a species, but turning language into poetry, stories, and song defines us as a people. Hope for all — across time, space, cultures!

The Writer’s Garret became the first nonprofit literary center in North Texas.

IN 21 YEARS, The Writer’s Garret has…

Brought together more than 1.75M readers, writers, children, and educators through the literary arts. We’ve helped these people grow as leaders, mentors, educators, and students.


Raised over 2.5 million dollars to support writers, promote their books, and share their craft. Many of our own writers have won national awards. Every dollar donated, on average, leverages $5 more!


Trained writers to share their skills and passion for reading and writing with children and youth, seniors, educators, veterans, those impacted by cancer, and many others, including fellow writers.

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In these amazing, 21 years, “at risk” children have stayed in school and gone on to college (sometimes the first of their families!), written books, mentored others, who then learned to read and write, stayed in school, went to college, wrote books, mentored others, and so on.
Our work eases the effects of Alzheimer’s, PTSD, and cancer. Helps those determined to be “at risk” (based on socio-economic factors) rewrite their own lives by mediating emotions, growing new white matter, reducing stress, rerouting pathways in the brain, and finding the skills to be socially mobile, even to the point of becoming philanthropic.
And so on.

With your help, imagine all we can do in the NEXT 21 years!

The sky’s the limit.

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