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"The Writer’s Center embraced me with warmth and intellect, a stunning combination that reminded me of why I continue to write." Ann Hagedorn, visiting author

About Us

The Story of The Writer's Center


In 1976, a group of literature enthusiasts led by Allan Lefcowitz, Barbara Lefcowitz, Jane Fox, Merrill Lefler, Ann McLaughlin, Richard Peabody, John Hill and others embarked on a mission to make an independent home for the literary arts in the D.C. area. A community where likeminded individuals could share their love of literature, build relationships with one another, and create great art. Since those modest days out at Glen Echo Park, the home they built has grown to become a destination for many.

Through the years, The Writer’s Center has remained dedicated to the core aspirations of our founders. In addition to offering more than 300 writing workshops—both on-location and online—we also host more than 50 outstanding literary events each year, featuring authors of local, national, and international renown. And with our partner organizations, we promote the local arts scene.

Mission & Vision

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

The Writer’s Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax ID 52-1079969. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. View our Form 990 for complete financial information »

 

 

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The Writer's Center gratefully acknowledges assistance received from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and corporate sponsorship by Eagle Bank.

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