Shapiro Center for Writing

At the Shapiro Center for Writing, all members of the Wesleyan community come together as writers. John Shapiro ’74 and Shonni Silverberg M.D. ’76 of New York City established the center with a generous gift in 2009.   

Whether you are working on papers or presentations, crafting screenplays or poems, or seeking conversation with other writers and readers, the Shapiro Center can help.

The Center serves as a hub for writing activities and provides a venue for readings, workshops, colloquia, informal discussions, student-sponsored events, and receptions. On a regular basis, peer tutors in the Writing Workshop meet with students; master classes are held with writers in all fields; and Amy Bloom hosts Table Talk events for discussing papers, creative writing problems, and any other reading/writing issues.

The Center’s lounge is open to all students enrolled in creative writing and writing-intensive courses.

The Writing Workshop has an office in Shapiro, as do many faculty and staff connected to academic and creative writing:

  • Amy Bloom, Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing
  • Naomi Glascock, Writing Programs Ford Fellow
  • Elizabeth Hepford, Professor of the Practice in Teaching English as a Second Language and Assistant Director of Academic Writing
  • Ryan Launder, Administrative Assistant, Shapiro Center for Writing
  • Douglas Martin, Professor of the Practice in Creative Writing and Assistant Director of Creative Writing
  • Rashida Z. Shaw McMahon, Professor of English, African American Studies, and Theater
  • Sarah Ryan, Professor of the Practice in Oral Communication
  • Lauren Silber, Professor of the Practice in Academic Writing and Assistant Director of Academic Writing
  • Stephanie Weiner, Professor of English, Director of Academic Writing, and Director of the Shapiro Center

We are located at 116 Mt. Vernon St. Drop by and say hello!

For more information, please contact Stephanie Weiner.

Stephanie Weiner
Director of Academic Writing and Director of the Shapiro Center for Writing  

Ryan Launder
Shapiro Center for Writing
Administrative Assistant IV



Shapiro Center for 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. 

  • Terrance Hayes

    Terrance Hayes

    Poet and Educator
    2017-2018 Poetry Editor for New York Times Magazine
    Whiting Writers Award
    Hurston-Wright Legacy Award finalist

  • James Magruder

    James Magruder

    Fiction Writer, Playwright, and Translator
    Five-time recipient of an Individual Artist Award
    Lambda Literary Award finalist

  • Caryl Phillips

    Caryl Phillips

    Novelist, Playwright & Essayist
    Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year
    Martin Luther King
    Memorial Prize
    Guggenheim Fellowship

  • Eileen Myles

    Eileen Myles

    Poet, Novelist, Performer & Art Journalist
    Guggenheim Fellowship
    Four Lambda Book Awards

  • Mark Doty

    Mark Doty

    Distinguished Poet & Essayist
    NY Times Best-selling 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 Advocate
    FYE Memoir: Los Cocuyos
  • C.D. Wright

    C.D. Wright

    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 Best-selling 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 Best-selling Novelist
    Author of House of Sand and Fog