Holiday Book Fair & Birthday Celebration

Sat, 17 Dec, 2016 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM


On this day 40 years ago, The Writer’s Center first opened its doors, and has been inspiring and supporting an extraordinary community of writers ever since. Help us celebrate our 40 years with a day of holiday book shopping, readings, and even a champagne toast!

12:00- 3:30 Holiday Book Fair

Small press publishers, editors of local literary journals, workshop leaders, and staff from The Writer’s Center will be on hand to offer advice and help you select gifts for all the readers in your life, including books, literary journals, and gift certificates for workshops. Participating presses, literary journals, and organizations include Abbey, Amanita Books, A Splendid Wake, The Baltimore Review, Brickhouse Books, Broadkill River Press, Casa Mariposa Press, Cat and Mouse Press, Delmarva Review, District Lit, The Federal Poets, Folio, Gival Press, Iceland Writers Retreat, Little Patuxent Review, Maryland Writers’ Association, Passager Books, Phoebe, Poets’ Choice, Poet Lore, Potomac Review, Rose Metal Press, Shout Mouse Press, Summit Crossroads Press, Washington Writers’ Publishing House, and Wineberry Press.

2:30-3:30 (MEMBERS ONLY) Editor Speed “Dating” -SOLD OUT

Members of The Writer’s Center are invited to bring a poem or up to five pages of prose to be read by an editor and be given quick feedback and advice on where to submit. Members will spend ten minutes with the editor.

3:30-5:00 Readings by workshop leaders in the theatre

Readers include Melanie Figg, Kathy Ramsperger, Brenda Clough, Gina Hagler, Lucian Mattison, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Claudia Gary, Virginia Hartman, Alan Orloff, Dave Singleton, Cathy Alter, Marija Stajic, Kathryn Johnson, Robert Friedman, Patricia Gray, Lucinda Marshall, Neal Gillen, C.S. Friedman, and Bennie Herron.

5:00-6:00 (MEMBERS ONLY) 40th Birthday Party

Members of The Writer’s Center are welcome to stay to for cake and prosecco, and to socialize with editors, workshop leaders, and staff.

To become a member and take advantage of these perks, plus 13% off all workshops and discounts on other events, sign up here.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

Location:              The Writer’s Center

4508 Walsh Street

Bethesda, MD 20815

Fees:     Free admission

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