Writers in Progress is a haven where stories feel safe to come out onto the page…
Writers in Progress’ mission is to enhance writers’ work and lives with writing workshops, coaching and editorial support. Housed in a beautiful western Massachusetts artists’ studio, our small workshops and one-on-one mentoring attract people who want to take their writing to the next level in a supportive and inspiring space.
Dori founded Writers in Progress in 1992, with the belief that everyone has an epic tale to tell, that stories are essential in our lives and culture, and that the writing life calls for both rigor and playfulness, both accountability and validation. To this end, we have been offering workshops, mentoring and editing services for two decades, to help writers discover their voices and complete their projects. WIP alumni include Kris Holloway, Alison Smith, Ellen Meeropol, David Lovelace, Dusty Miller, Ruth Lehrer, Sally Bellerose, and many other published authors.
We offer weekly and one-day writing workshops year round in the Pioneer Valley, taught by Dori and other local authors. All our writing workshops emphasize writing time, community and craft development, giving and receiving feedback, and nurturing creativity and confidence. Workshops include refreshments. One-day workshops meet for a full day Saturday, with a break for lunch. Dori also hosts a year-long Manuscript Intensive Series for writers working on book-length projects.
Our beautiful 700 square foot studio is located in the historic Brushworks Arts & Industry Building, in Western MA. The studio is available to rent for workshops, events or individual writing groups. We also host a seasonal reading series, as part of our Live Literature Series.
Please join us at the studio November 11, 6-8 pm for our Reading and Celebration to honor the members of the 2016/17 Manuscript Intensive Series, with refreshments and short readings by Cathy Luna, Emily Lackey, Harris Thompson, Dori Ostermiller, Prudence Marsh and Leigh Bailey. Refreshments to follow the reading.