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.
Shapiro Center for Creative Writing
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 DotyDistinguished Poet &
NY Times Bestselling Memoirist
National Book Award Winner
Novelist and Screenwriter
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Inaugural Poet Laureate
Gay Rights Adovcate
FYE Memoir: Los Cocuyos
Award Winning Author and Poet
National Book Award for Poetry
Acclaimed Story Writer & Essayist
NY Times Bestselling Author
National Book Award for Fiction
Acclaimed Poet & Teacher
NYS Poet Laureate, 2014
Speaker on Faith
Kingdom of Ordinary Time
Andre Dubus III
#1 NY Times Bestselling Novelist
Author of House of Sand and Fog