The Writers Studio, on the third floor of Blair Tower, hosts open free-writing hours for creative writers of any literary persuasion--and offers a quiet, congenial space, writing supplies, and journals. In addition, campus journals are invited to hold "launch parties" in our space for their new editions; and writers who are visiting or teaching on campus are invited to come for discussions of the writing life, writings which they like (or, have inspired them), or their new work in progress.
The Princeton Writers' Workshop was founded in A.Y. 2009-10 to connect students interested in creative writing. In the fall of 2009, hosted private dinners in Mathey and Rockefeller Colleges with young authors who offered their advice on writing and publication. In the spring of 2010, they hosted writers' groups of 5-6 people who meet for dinner in the Mathey College conference room once a week. Each week, a different member of the group emails out a piece of work to be workshopped over dinner. These dinner meetings are similar in style to the Creative Writing Program workshops.
They welcome people who have never tried creative writing before. You can submit anything, including plays, poetry, or short stories.
2012-13 events included:
Attending Toni Morrison's reading from her new novel, Home
(with free copies of the novel to those attending the talk)
"Writers as Readers" series, featuring
writers discussing 3 texts they'd take to a desert island:
Tracy K. Smith, recent Pulitzer Prize winning poet - (and free copies of her "Life on Mars")
James Arthur & Melinda Moustakis
Vsilik Katsarou & Ellen Fous
An Evening of Greek-American Poetry - Sept. 28
Memento Tsunami, by Vasiliki Katsarou
Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry, ed. by Dean Kostos
Dear God, Dear Dr. Heartbreak: New and Selected Poems, by Aliki Barnstone
The Collected Poems of C. P. Cavafy: A New Translation
Nassau Literary Review - Fall 2012 Launch Party - Dec. 6
Princeton Poetry Festival - Outing and Dinner - March 15
Coffee & Conversation: "The Writing Life at Princeton" - April 12
Literary Magazines and Small Presses: A Beginner's Guide to Getting Published - April 22
Students have also been free to create new gatherings--
for example, these took place in Spring of 2012:
The Letter-Writing Club - Mondays at 8:00 p.m., in the T3 Seminar Room (next to the Writers Studio)
Rediscover the art of the handwritten letter! Help save the post office! Learn some cool tips that make the handwritten letter an art (i.e. cursive writing, wax seals to close letters, stamps, types of stationary, etc.)
We will have certain causes we will write for each week--for example, we could choose a local nursing home and write letters to the elderly; but you can begin by writing letters to friends and family as well ....
The Writers' Circle, Fridays, 10:00pm-12:00midnight
Do you wish you had more time to write? Or do you wish you weren't always doing it alone?
Then you should join the new Writers' Circle at the Writers Studio-- a group designed to create the space, time, and community devoted to writing! The idea is to carve out a time from our busy schedules both to meet together and to simply write. Yes, scheduling "when to write" may seem oxymoronic, or perhaps even blasphemous, but if it means writing will be done, then the muse will forgive us. Come and write quietly with other writers or get a chance to informally share things with others. At the very least, you'll have the chance to make some new writer friends!
If you're interested in joining the Circle, Email Bryan Pannill -- or just show up!