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UPCOMING CLASSES

The fall session begins registration on a first-come, first serve basis on August 22nd, 2022. This year we are excited to offer a full range of classes including prompt groups, critique groups, classes, workshops, and open mics. Over the last eight years, we've offered the vast majority of our classes for free. This year, in order to help us grow and to pay our teachers for the first time, we are charging a modest fee for our courses. We hope you'll understand this change in policy and support our decision to grow and to compensate our teachers fairly. Even with this change in pricing, we still fully believe SBWC offers the most economical writing instruction in central Massachusetts.

OPTIONAL ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP

We are also offering optional membership for the first time. If you sign-up to become a member for a cost of $50, you will receive a discount of $50 on up to two fall classes: Fiction Essentials and Short Story Writing. In the winter and Spring, we will be expanding the list of classes which are discounted, making membership even more attractive.

Programs by Categories

Fiction classes

Writing Groups

Critique Groups

Open Mics

Workshops

Intensives

Our Numbers at a Glance

12

TOTAL COURSES

100

TOTAL STUDENTS

2000

TOTAL GRADUATES

10

TOTAL TEACHERS

What People Are Saying About Us

Why choose us

The top reasons for you to join us
PEER ASSESSMENTS
Our community is filled with writers who offer honest and constructive feedback
MASTERY LEARNING
Our teachers are published authors and experts in their fields
A SOLID FOUNDATION
Many of our writers go on to publish fiction and non-fiction titles
ONLINE LEARNING
We offer online learning during the pandemic

Our Teachers

Joyce Derenas

Prompt Group Instructor and Board Member
Joyce Derenas is the author of four novels, The Long Shot, Becca’s Kiss, Anna’s Wish and Mary’s Heart.
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Jess Costello

Critique Group Instructor and Board Member
Jess Costello is a writer from Central Massachusetts with a master’s degree in psychology.
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Rich Marcello 

Fiction Instructor and Board Member
Rich Marcello is the author of five novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, The Beauty of the Fall, The Latecomers, and Cenotaphs, ...
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Scott Hilton

Critique Group Instructor
In the Monday morning creative writing group, an atmosphere of respect, connection, and collaboration support every writer.
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