Women's Writing Circle

The February Writing Circle is cancelled. We will meet again on March 7.

Women's Writing Circle begins again January 10

Women’s Writing Circle usually meets the 1st Wednesday of the month...but we'll begin again in 2018 on January 10, from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., at The Writing Studio, 310 East 10th Street.

Book Discussion on Mary Oliver's poetry

Book Discussion on poetry of Mary Oliver

The next Writing Studio Book Discussion is Thursday, January 4, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. at The Writing Studio.

We will continue a discussion of Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver." Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career," says Amazon.com.

We will be reading poems and sharing our thoughts on them--so if you don't have the book, you can still join in the discussion and then get your copy before next month's meeting.

Niagara Creative Writing Conference at Writing Studio

Niagara Creative Writing Conference at Writing Studio

The International Women's Writing Guild (IWWG) is sponsoring the Niagara Creative Writing Conference at the Women's Writing Studio at St. Mary's Space to Create on Saturday, October 7, form 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for a day of creative writing led by three outstanding Guild instructors. You'll find insights into writing memoir, fiction, and op ed as well as enrichment for your creative life at this day-long workshop.

Women's Writing Circle begins again

Women’s Writing Circle meets the 1st Wednesday of the month, beginning June 7, from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., at The Writing Studio, 310 East 10th Street. Click here to sign up. Breanna, left, and Stephanie participated in the July 5 session.

The group will gather from June to November 2017 and is open to writers and non-writers alike. Each session includes discussion of a short reading on a writing topic, introduction of a writing theme through stories and poems, a writing prompt, time for personal writing, and optional sharing in large and small groups. The Writing Circle creates a safe space for you to develop your own voice and offers you an opportunity to have your words heard and honored without judgment. Each session is stand-alone, come to as many or as few as you are able.

Reading by Women Writers

A diverse audience enjoys the reading at The Writing Studio

Twenty women who attend sessions at The Writing Studio, 310 East 10th, participated in public reading there on Wednesday, May 3. “We had a standing-room only crowd that couldn’t have been more positive and enthusiastic,” said Mary Lou Kownacki, coordinator of The Writing Studio. “I was especially pleased with the diversity of the readers and audience—a good representation of ages and races and professions.”

The Poet Laureate of Erie County and Joan Chittister, an award-winning Erie author, were guest readers. Sister Joan read from her new book Radical Spirit.

Poem in Your Pocket Day opens up in Erie on Thursday, April 27

Poem in Your Pocket Day

The Writing Studio and the Erie County Library, in partnership with local groups promoting literacy, education and the arts, celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 27. The Erie event took place on National Poem in Your Pocket Day, which has been celebrated since 2002 as part of National Poetry Month in April.

Step into Poetry

Space to Create Overview

Step into Poetry #9: St. John's

Step into Poetry #9: St. John's

A poem by Sri Chimney was painted by artist Joe Gallagher on the front steps of the former St. John the Baptist School—the latest addition to the Step into Poetry project taking place on Erie’s eastside. The poem reads: Try not to change the world. You will fail. Try to love the world. Lo, the world is changed. Changed forever. —Sri Chimney Step into Poetry is a project of The Writing Studio under the direction of Mary Lou Kownacki and was funded in part by Erie Arts & Culture and an anonymous donor.


The Writing Studio is part of The Studio at Saint Mary’s: Space to Create, where studio space is available for artists and innovative programs that can positively impact center-city Erie. For more information, contact Holly Nowak.

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