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The Dogtown Writers Festival

Presented by The Gloucester Writers Center at Gloucester Writers Center, Gloucester MA

Sep 27 - 28 2019
The Dogtown Writers Festival

Calling writers of all levels and genres! A new writers festival is being launched in Sept. 2019!

Know a writer who would like to up their game? The first annual Dogtown Writers Festival is gearing up for its inaugural launch this September. Time to “Save the Date!” All of the impressive details are now available online, FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Eventbrite.
*Graphic, Henry Ferrini


The Gloucester Writers Center has designed a special event to provide multiple creative opportunities for writing in unique venues, using the theme of “place.”

The Dogtown Writers Festival is slated for Friday and Saturday, September 27-28, 2019. The festival kicks off on Friday evening with a pre-keynote cocktail reception followed by the Joseph Garland Keynote Address, given by award winning journalist and author, Sandy Tolan. Saturday includes several discussion panels in the morning, afternoon writing workshops, and an evening dinner to close the weekend. Many writing genres are covered including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and play-writing. There will also be a dedicated onsite workshop in Dogtown Common and a workshop specifically for high school students, ages 14-18.

All of the events will explore, through dialogue and writing, the themes of:

“Words in Place,” “Words Over Time,” and “Words in People—Voices of Cape Ann.”

The instructors, moderators, and panelists are an accomplished group of authors, actors, journalists, and teachers. The GWC is blessed to have secured such wonderful talent.

The many events planned are going to give writers at any level, numerous ways in which to expand their skills and connect with other creative people.

There are only TEN tickets per workshop, so please don’t wait! Click on the link below for more information and to get your tickets now!

The Dogtown Writers Festival is generously funded in part by our incredible donors of the Gloucester Writers Center, the Mass Cultural Council and The Garland Legacy Project.

The Gloucester Writers Center is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 public charity ·126 East Main Street,
Gloucester MA. 01930

Contact: 978-758-5527


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Additional time info:

Keynote Speaker open to the public, Friday night Sept. 27, 2019. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Saturday morning discussion panels begin at 9am-Noon

Workshops commence from 1:30-4pm

Dinner from 5pm-9pm

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Gloucester Writers Center

126 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930


    • Wheelchair Access

For the free keynote event on Friday night at Gloucester City Hall, there is an elevator.