• writers house thanksgiving

Are you a current member of the Franklin & Marshall community – a student, staff member, faculty member, or alum – with a passion for reading and writing? Then join Writers House! The Writers House Community is a close-knit, far-flung group of writers and readers, and everyone in the F&M community is welcome. To get involved with one of our many programs and projects, or to just to get added to our email list, email Assistant Director Jo Underhill (junderhi@fandm.edu) to start receiving news right away!

Writers House Traditions 

Founded in  2003-2004, the Writers House community has established a number of beloved traditions over the years. These include Writers House Thanksgiving, the White Elephant, and our newest celebration, the Pi/es of March Party starting in 2018.

Writers House Thanksgiving

Writers House Thanksgiving is the social event of the holiday season: a massive, potluck feast, with everything from turkey to tofurkey, from zucchini bread to soda bread, and anything else you can think of!

Welcome Back/End of Year Barbecues

It's important to kick off and end the year in style, and that's what we do with twice-annual parties full of open mics, raffles, readings, and plenty of food and fun.

White Elephant Party

Anything is possible at the White Elephany Party. You might go home with a corn-husk duck, a giant ceramic cupcake, or an angel wearing an eyepatch: your trash could be someone else's treasure.

The Pi/es of March

In 2018, Writers House held its first ever Pi/es of March Party, a celebration of pi, pie, March birthdays and anniversaries, the Ides of March, and all round foods. This bash features pi-kus, a pi recitation contest, and plenty of pies!

  • After a delayed flight would have prevented him from coming to his craft talk and reading, Chad Harbach went the extra mile (literally) and drove from Charlottesville, VA in order to get here!
11/29/16 After a delayed flight would have prevented him from coming to his craft talk and reading, Chad Harbach went the extra mile (literally) and drove from Charlottesville, VA in order to get here! 11/29/16
  • Staffer Sarah Summerson enjoys a "tofurkey" at Writers House Thanksgiving!
11/16/16 Staffer Sarah Summerson enjoys a "tofurkey" at Writers House Thanksgiving! 11/16/16
  • The Quidditch Team represents
11/16/16 The Quidditch Team represents 11/16/16
  • The Screamer returns, only to realize there's no more turkey!
11/16/16 The Screamer returns, only to realize there's no more turkey! 11/16/16
  • So much deliciousness!
11/16/2016 So much deliciousness! 11/16/2016
  • Writers House members out to see The Color Purple
11/6/16 Writers House members out to see The Color Purple 11/6/16
  • Writers House members out to see The Color Purple
11/6/16 Writers House members out to see The Color Purple 11/6/16
  • Writers House staffer and senior Phil demonstrates how to (happily) load a dishwasher to first year student and staffer Omar.
9/14/16 Writers House staffer and senior Phil demonstrates how to (happily) load a dishwasher to first year student and staffer Omar. 9/14/16
  • Staffers Cari and Isaiah wait to tell new students about the Writers House at the Student Involvement Fair!
9/8/16 Staffers Cari and Isaiah wait to tell new students about the Writers House at the Student Involvement Fair! 9/8/16
  • Professor Wright bids Writers House community seniors goodbye and encourages them to keep reading and writing and take risks!
4/13/16 Professor Wright bids Writers House community seniors goodbye and encourages them to keep reading and writing and take risks! 4/13/16
  • Staffer Leana Gomes wins the Golden Ticket!
4/13/16 Staffer Leana Gomes wins the Golden Ticket! 4/13/16
  • Trying to stay warm for the EWF "barbecue"
4/8/16 Trying to stay warm for the EWF "barbecue" 4/8/16
  • Phillip B. Williams gives his EWF craft talk
4/7/16 Phillip B. Williams gives his EWF craft talk 4/7/16
  • EWF Shadows Colin and Amy make breakfast for Emerging Writers Fest 2016
4/7/16 EWF Shadows Colin and Amy make breakfast for Emerging Writers Fest 2016 4/7/16
  • Julia Pierpont giving a craft talk for Emerging Writers Fest 2016!
4/7/16 Julia Pierpont giving a craft talk for Emerging Writers Fest 2016! 4/7/16
  • Dava Sobel describes the events that led to the publication of her bestseller Longitude during her craft talk
3/10/16 Dava Sobel describes the events that led to the publication of her bestseller Longitude during her craft talk 3/10/16
  • Writers House staff takes back the night
3/10/16 Writers House staff takes back the night 3/10/16
  • Professor Padmini Mongia reads and discusses her writing as part of the Faculty Writers series, a collaboration between the Faculty Center and Writers House.
2/24/15 Professor Padmini Mongia reads and discusses her writing as part of the Faculty Writers series, a collaboration between the Faculty Center and Writers House. 2/24/15
  • Meg Day was kind enough to send dessert all the way from Australia for the dinner before Shari Goldberg's talk 
2/24/16 Meg Day was kind enough to send dessert all the way from Australia for the dinner before Shari Goldberg's talk 2/24/16
  • The Cooking Club enjoying a good meal 
2/10/16 The Cooking Club enjoying a good meal 2/10/16
  • There's always tea and hot chocolate at Writers House!
2/3/16 There's always tea and hot chocolate at Writers House! 2/3/16
  • Writers House is always up for a game of Life #lifeskills
2/3/16 Writers House is always up for a game of Life #lifeskills 2/3/16
  • Plenty of games available at Writers House!
2/3/16 Plenty of games available at Writers House! 2/3/16
  • Student staffers Francesca, Arielle, and Kylie are happily folding and labeling the February events calendar. (Their happiness just might stem from the bowl of candy on table.)
2/2/16 Student staffers Francesca, Arielle, and Kylie are happily folding and labeling the February events calendar. (Their happiness just might stem from the bowl of candy on table.) 2/2/16
  • Feminist Zine workshop!
1/12/16 Feminist Zine workshop! 1/12/16
  • We've got a lot to be thankful for!
11/25/15 We've got a lot to be thankful for! 11/25/15
  • Student Sarah Summerson reads from the Iliad and professor Sands Hall gets ready for her turn as part of the campus-wide reading over two days.
10/28/15 Student Sarah Summerson reads from the Iliad and professor Sands Hall gets ready for her turn as part of the campus-wide reading over two days. 10/28/15
  • We love you too!
10/27/15 We love you too! 10/27/15
  • Over 40 F&M students went to see Fun Home on Broadway.
10/26/15 Over 40 F&M students went to see Fun Home on Broadway. 10/26/15
  • Alysia Harris getting ready to start her writing workshop!
10/21/16 Alysia Harris getting ready to start her writing workshop! 10/21/16
  • The Writers House end of the year barbecue
4/22/15 The Writers House end of the year barbecue 4/22/15
  • Professor Steinbrink tells everyone that Writers House is the best place on campus.
4/12/15 Professor Steinbrink tells everyone that Writers House is the best place on campus. 4/12/15
  • Writers House supports Take Back the Night
4/8/15 Writers House supports Take Back the Night 4/8/15
  • L.I.F.T. and Neil Hillborn bring the house to their feet at The Other Room Theatre
3/5/16 L.I.F.T. and Neil Hillborn bring the house to their feet at The Other Room Theatre 3/5/16
  • Bill taking home a pirate angel from the White Elephant gift exchange.
12/10/14 Bill taking home a pirate angel from the White Elephant gift exchange. 12/10/14
  • Professor Wright preps her Graphic Novels before setting them loose in the Small Press Expo.
9/14/14 Professor Wright preps her Graphic Novels before setting them loose in the Small Press Expo. 9/14/14

Our Mission

The Philadelphia Alumni Writers House welcomes, inspires, feeds, teaches, shares, loves. Among pens, computers, dirty dishes, and good food, more than a community is evoked. It is here where the imagination has no limits and dreams meet reality. We believe that academic and artistic endeavors are fundamentally connected to everyday life. All are welcome to visit, listen, contribute, or just stay a while.