A creative community. A place to take risks. To re-think.  To re-tool.
Time for a long walk. Tai Chi or Yoga. A cold beer.
A chance to listen and to be heard.

 Try. Fail. Try again. Fail better. (We’ll give you that chance.)
--Samuel Beckett--

Join our creative community.

June 24-28, 2020



This faculty, all exceptional talents in their fields, are also exceptional teachers.
That’s why we hired them.
For you.

Meet the Faculty

About the Conference

Come for one day or every day. Choose from one of the six tracks we offer and enjoy a combination of Workshops, Classes, and Panels. There will also be a stellar reading series, Q&A sessions and pop-up writers' groups.

In addition to all this, you'll have the opportunity to get a consult on your manuscript with a writer who has read your work with care and consideration. In the morning, maybe some yoga and after class, some Tai Chi? On Friday night, we're having a very big-screen event (movie night beneath the stars, complete with cotton candy and popcorn.). Take a chance, come to Late Night Open Mic.

How to Join Us

Fees + Deadlines

How much does it cost and how do you get what you want?

Fees + Deadlines


Here's where you get started.


Contact Us

Shapiro Center for Writing 116 Mt Vernon St, Middletown, CT 06457


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