Inspiring, Encouraging, and Empowering Writers since 1997

Creativity thrives in community.
That’s the central philosophy of 
Writers At Work.

I learned this at the Woman’s Building, which brought together visual artists, designers, writers, performers and video artists in an environment of permission and support to grow as women artists. Learning from the skills of other artists, receiving feedback that was constructive and focused on strengthening the work, and knowing that others were invested in my progress—these things helped to break down the isolation and competition that can thwart our development.

From 1989 through 1997, I taught a writing program at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, including a workshop for people with HIV and AIDS, and I saw how these same principles helped writers of all genders to find their voice, deepen their skills and develop their audience.

As a writer, I’ve been interested in working in a lot of different forms—short fiction and the novel, poetry, memoir and essays, dramatic forms. I like taking on new challenges, figuring out how to do something I don’t know how to do. I’m not afraid of “failure,” because as an artist, I just keep learning. I try to encourage students to cultivate an open mind and a willingness to take risks.

I invite you to join our community,

Terry Wolverton

10 thoughts on “About

  1. Altho’ I’m embarrassed that it’s taken me so long to find what appears a heaven-sent resource for a writer lost in the hinterlands of not-so-literate Long Beach, I’m disappointed to find that there aren’t many voices on the site. Wrong metaphor. Not many pens…

    Could you apprise me of writing stuff coming up? I’m pretty starved for craft-talk, for sharing lessons learned as well as venues for work in progress. Maybe a place that offers the opportunity to read novel or story excerpts?

    Also, if I can scrape together a couple of bucks, I’d be thrilled to locate a retreat where I might write free from the zillion distractions at home. If you could direct me to a retreat, I’d be most grateful.

    At any rate, I’m glad I found you. I think.

    Rhoda Greenstone

  2. HI –
    I’m wondering if you are accepting new writers into your workshop – fiction. I am currently in the UCLA extension master program but am looking for a life workshop in the area.
    Marci Carrillo

  3. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now. Keep it up!
    And according to this article, I tottaly agree with your opinion, but only this time! 🙂

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