Seven Cities Writers Project is a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation devoted to sharing the craft of writing in non-traditional settings such as domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, senior living facilities, LGTQ centers, and prisons to reach underserved communities.
Our cost-free, multi-genre workshops invite participants to discover their individual voices through poetry, fiction and nonfiction/memoir.
Workshops are guided by one or more of our project directors who all hold masters degrees, and have considerable teaching experience.
We generally cap the number of participants at eight. Participation may be open to any interested person, or selected to take part by administrators at your facility.
We provide writing materials and all reading handouts. Our project directors offer students writing prompts to get them started, engage the students in discussions about their work and offer reading supplements. Students are encouraged to share their work as they feel comfortable.
At the end of each session, we hold readings designed around the limitations of the facility, to give the writers an opportunity to share their work. We distribute student surveys to give participants the opportunity to evaluate our program and suggest improvement.
Our goal is to develop our students’ confidence, and to help them use writing to express themselves in a satisfying way while building supportive relationships amongst each other. We provide a safe and nurturing environment, always encouraging our writers to feel free to express themselves without judgment.
Seven Cities Writers Project enjoys the generous support of The Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, and Friends of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Public Libraries.