The Redbud Writing Project in Raleigh, NC


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The Redbud Writing Project — which was founded in 2019 to teach writing across the Triangle — will soon have a permanent literary center at 719 N. Person St. near the Oakwood and Mordecai neighborhoods. The group will share the space with So&So Books, which moved in February from its former (smaller) location on Person St.

The organization is an adults-only writing school founded by NC State grads Arshia Simkin + Emily Cataneo. The new center will serve as a hub for writers (professional, amateur, and aspiring alike) + provide connection for the community.

The Redbud Writing Project’s new space | Photo via @redbudwriting

“All of us in the literary community believe that Raleigh has long been lacking in a centralized space for writers, book lovers, and other literary types to gather,” Emily says. “Cities like Minneapolis and Seattle are famous for their analogous places, and we believe that this new collaborative space will be a key factor in centralizing Raleigh’s literary scene and in encouraging writers to both stay in and move to the city.

Registration opens Mon., Mar. 29 for Session Three of Redbud’s 2021 programming — a six-week course that will be held in May and June.

Additional services include manuscript consultation + MFA application prep. Bonus: Now through Mar. 31, local fiction writers can submit their work for consideration in the Coppice Prize — first, second, and third place winners will be selected.

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