Enter the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, winner of a 2007 James Patterson PageTurner Award. Tucked within the arts quadrant on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College, the Writers House is an actual house, a lovely arts and crafts-style cottage, complete with comfy couches, kitchen, and a fireplace. We serve as a literary performance space for the college community; a podium for hundreds of world-class and emerging authors; an incubator for student-run publications and programs; a classroom for writing-related courses; and a hub for creative innovation on campus.
We are a community of writers and readers -- students, faculty, alumni, Lancaster neighbors, visiting authors, and others -- who together envision our many events. Each academic year, the Writers House Community re-defines the House, creating their ideal of what a space devoted to writers and readers should be and bringing invention to each program we host.
Since we moved into our house in 2004, over 200 guests have given readings and other literary presentations to the Writers House Community.
Our door has been a gateway for diverse collaborative programming with departments at Franklin & Marshall, as well as with our Lancaster neighbors.
Students of all stripes have come through to propose, plan and implement their own programs, like Open Mics, Theme Parties and Road Trips.
This house wasn't even here when the Emerging Writers Festival began twelve years ago. Now, we're thrilled to be home to this annual, nationally-recognized literary celebration.