The Writer’s Center empowers writers and those who aspire to write through workshops, events, and creative collaboration. We also support and celebrate those who publish.

The Writer's Center in Bethesda

The Story of The Writer’s Center

In late 1976, a group of writers, small press publishers, and art press enthusiasts came together to create an independent home for the literary arts in the D.C metro area. Led by three founders, Allan Lefcowitz, Patricia Griffith, and Mary MacArthur, more than 70 members, including Barbara Lefcowitz, Ann McLaughlin, John Hill, Merrill Lefler, and Richard Peabody, gathered to celebrate The Writer’s Center, newly established in Glen Echo Park. This new home would bring together a community of likeminded individuals who would build relationships with one another and share their love of literature, small press magazines, readings, and the making of art books. They would create great art.

The Writer’s Center is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible. A copy of our current financial statement is available upon request. Contact The Writer’s Center at 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage. The Writer’s Center is supported in part by The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.