WRITERS IN PROGRESS’ mission is to enhance writers’ work and lives with writing workshops, readings, coaching and editorial support.  Housed in a beautiful western Massachusetts artists’ studio, our small writing workshops and one-on-one mentoring attract people who want to take their writing to the next level in a supportive and inspiring space.

Author Dori Ostermiller 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, she set out to create a safe, supportive atmosphere for writers in the Pioneer Valley to write, learn, thrive, connect and grow.

Over the last two and a half decades, with these elements in mind, we have created numerous workshops, including the Morning Jumpstarts, Writing From Life, evening and weekend craft workshops, a memoir series, and a year- long Manuscript Intensive Series. We offer one-on-one services and host a Live Literature Series, open to the public, where writers of all levels and genres have an opportunity to read their work before a live audience. We have ‘midwifed’ dozens of books and supported countless writers in the discovery of their voices and completion of their projects.  WIP alumni include Kris Holloway, Alison Smith, Ellen Meeropol, David Lovelace, Dusty Miller, Ruth Lehrer,  Sally Bellerose, and many other published authors.

Our gorgeous 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.  

Please join us at the studio Saturday, September 7, 4:30 – 6:30 pm for our next Reading and Open House, featuring work by WIP weekly group members and instructors…  Refreshments and wine to follow the reading.


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