About Westport Writers' Workshop
Since 2003, the Westport Writers' Workshop has been offering workshops for every level of writer, from novice to published! Our instructors offer friendly, supportive writing workshops designed to encourage, inspire, and spark your imagination.
With over 100 workshops a year to choose from, we welcome writers of all skill levels and genres. Our workshops are designed to suit your schedule, with options in the morning, afternoons, and evenings. We also host several Saturday-only workshops and one-week writing-intensive programs throughout the year. You can learn more about our workshops by visiting our WORKSHOP page.
Let Westport Writers' Workshop help you discover and develop your own unique writing talent and voice.
You can expect a supportive group led by an experienced instructor. You’ll write, read, and learn from each other. Focus is always on the quality of the writing – not on the subject matter. Writing begets writing. The more you commit to your writing, to showing up for your writing group, the more you will write. By joining a community of writers, you will become a stronger writer and influence others to refine their craft. Our philosophy and practices are inspired by Amherst Writers & Artists and Pat Schneider's book, Writing Alone and With Others.
The Westport Writers’ Workshop is an independent literary arts center offering enriching, supportive creative writing classes, as well as literary readings to the local public. Our organization also provides free writing workshops to underserved populations in their own communities.
In 2003, Jessica Bram founded Westport Writers' Workshop.
In 2010, Jessica moved the workshops into the second floor of the historic building on 3 Sylvan Rd. South in Westport.
In 2013, Valerie Leff bought WWW and became the Director.
In 2014, Valerie created a Board of Directors and transformed the business into a nonprofit with a mission to offer enriching, supportive creative writing classes, as well as literary readings to the local public, and free writing workshops to underserved populations in their own communities.
In 2018, Michelle Bradley came on board as the Executive Director, and in summer 2019 when Michelle's family was transferred to Chicago, Liz Matthews took over as the Director.
In March of 2020 with the onset of COVID-19, the workshops transitioned to the Zoom platform and were offered remotely. The organization grew to include writers and instructors outside of our immediate community.
The Westport Writers Workshop has transformed my life. Being a novice and amateur, I have benefited so much from your practical tips. Your insights have opened up a new horizon how to get work published. Thank you so much. I look forward to staying in touch.