Bethesda Magazine's 2017 Best of Bethesda Editors' Pick for "Best Place for Literary Inspiration"


Become a Member

  Membership Happy Hour  Sunil and Laura

Let’s be honest: writing is hard.

To sit in solitude daily and work on your stories or poems or essays requires fortitude and determination. But you don’t have to go it all alone. At The Writer’s Center, you'll find a home. Let us help you find your story, and become a part of ours.



For four decades, The Writer’s Center has encouraged and supported the development of writers. Our members are part of a tightly-knit network of local—and, increasingly, national—literature enthusiasts dedicated to creating and promoting the literary arts. Over the years, many of our members have gone on to publish and receive significant critical recognition for their work.

Whether you’re looking to get involved in a literary community or publish your work, The Writer’s Center offers you the opportunity to foster your growth as a writer.

The Writer’s Center Membership
Thank you for joining! We appreciate your support and look forward to serving you.


All those who reside at the same address, qualify for a household membership.

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The Writer's Center has established partnerships with local organizations to bring you more membership benefits. Participating organizations are listed below—take a look!







Persimmon—beloved bistro around the corner from The Writer's Center, Bethesda.
— 10% discount on food (not alcohol). Present membership card upon payment.

Vino Volo—local wine bar and wine retail store, Bethesda, MD
—20 % discount on wine bar or store receipt. Present membership card upon payment.


Bridge Street Books—independent bookstore, Georgetown, DC
—10 % discount on store purchases. Present membership card upon payment.

Upshur Street Books—independent bookstore, Petworth, DC
—10 % discount on store purchases. Present membership card upon payment.

Performing Arts

Quotidian Theatre Company—The Writer's Center’s Resident Theatre Company
—50 % discount on ticket sales in-person and over the phone (301) 816-1023. Please mention that you are member of the Center.

Woolly Mammoth—local theatre company bringing innovative and original plays to Washington, DC
— $35 tickets for members using the code TWC at checkout. Use this link to purchase tickets for Guards at the Taj. Code will be extended for future shows.


The Broadkill River Press—DC-area independent press
—10 % discount on book sales through Broadkill River Press’s website with discount code TWC2015 at checkout.

Washington Writers’ Publishing House—DC-area independent press
—10 % discount on in-person book sales and contest entry fees. Please indicate on your entry fee check that you are a member of The Writer's Center.

            Contests: The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize and The Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize
            Reading Fee: $22.50 by check for Writer’s Center members

Poet Lore Magazine—The nations longest running publication, published by The Writer's Center

—10% discount on all in-person and over-the-phone sales. Indicate your membership in-person or over the phone.


With your membership to The Writer's Center you'll have direct access to your peers in the writing community. You can promote your work, write for First Person Plural, judge our scholarship and fellowship contests, and be part of an organization named by Poets & Writers Magazine as one of "eight places to go outside academia" for writing workshops nationwide.


The Writer's Center offers more than 320 workshops annually in a variety of genres. If you're a writer looking to improve your work, one of our professional workshop instructors can help you. As a member, you can register for any number of workshops at instantly reduced rates—as well as special member offers. Members enjoy reduced rental fees on classrooms and the Studio, reduced admission to all of our ticketed events, a 30-percent discount on more than 70 books on craft and literary journals, and discounted advertising rates. 

Personal Enrichment

When you follow your impulse to string the ideas in your head together into a neat poem, essay, or story, you're starting on a personal quest for fulfillment. Writing is one of the most powerful forms of self-expression, and the more you write, the more you understand your place in the world. In The Writer's Center's community you'll grow as a writer—and as a person—while still having fun.