Shapiro Writing Center

The Shapiro Creative Writing Center

The Shapiro Creative Writing Center, located at 167 High Street (at the corner of Church and High Streets), signals the importance the Wesleyan University attaches to writing. The Shapiro Center serves as a hub for writing activities and provides a venue for readings, workshops, colloquia, informal discussions, student-sponsored events, and receptions. Its lounge is open to all students enrolled in creative writing courses.  The Center houses visiting writers, as well as Amy Bloom, the Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing at Wesleyan University and director of the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing.  Amy Bloom hosts Table Talk events monthly throughout the fall and spring semesters; open to all students, Table Talk provides students an opportunity to discuss papers, creative writing problems and all reading/writing issues with Professor Bloom and peers. 

The Writing Workshop has an office at Shapiro where students can seek additional help with their writing. The workshop is open from 7-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. Appointments can be made through student e-portfolios.

John Shapiro ’74 and Shonni Silverberg M.D. ’76 of New York City established the center with a generous gift in 2009.   

For more information, please contact Amy Bloom, Shapiro Center Director. abloom@wesleyan.edu860-685-3988.

Shapiro Center for Creative Writing
Master Classes

The Shapiro Center's Master Classes provide students with exciting opportunities to work closely with reknowned authors and poets.   Check out our past and present speakers who have offered intimate classes and workshops for aspiring Wesleyan writers. 

  • Mark Doty

    Mark Doty

    Distinguished Poet &
    Essayist
    NY Times Bestselling Memoirist
    National Book Award Winner
  • Michael Cunningham

    Michael Cunningham

    Novelist and Screenwriter
    Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
    PEN/Faulkner Award
  • Richard Blanco

    Richard Blanco

    Inaugural Poet Laureate
    Cuban-American Writer
    Gay Rights Adovcate
    FYE Memoir: Los Cocuyos
  • C.D. Wright

    C.D. Wright

    1949-2016
    Award Winning Author and Poet
    MacArthur Fellowship
    National Book Award for Poetry

  • Said Sayrafiezadeh

    Said Sayrafiezadeh

    Award-Winning Memoirist
    Acclaimed Story Writer & Essayist
  • Colson Whitehead 

    Colson Whitehead 

    NY Times Bestselling Author
    National Book Award for Fiction
    MacArthur Fellowship
  • Marie Howe

    Marie Howe

    Acclaimed Poet & Teacher
    NYS Poet Laureate, 2014
    Speaker on Faith
    Kingdom of Ordinary Time
  • Andre Dubus III

    Andre Dubus III

    #1 NY Times Bestselling Novelist
    Author of House of Sand and Fog