Small Business Week Profile: Writopia Lab

May 1, 2018
Writopia Lab makes writing fun for young authors


Founded in 2007, Writopia Lab is a national creative writing non-profit organization with branches in the New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and DC metro areas. Our local workshop is in the heart of Tenleytown’s Main Street at the Wisconsin Building, 4000 Albemarle St.


According to DC Regional Director Jocquelyn Downs, Writopia Lab is a “home to creative, curious, and reluctant writers of all backgrounds.” Most Writopia Lab participants are children and teens ages 6 to 18. Workshops for various ages run during the school year and the summer. While no school credit is offered, the workshops help students with their schoolwork and offer opportunities to participate in competitions, publish, and read their work before an audience.


All Writopia instructors are published poets, novelists, playwrights, journalists, or film makers. Writopia workshops seek to help young writers find their own voice and develop critical thinking, with an emphasis on positive reinforcement rather than criticism. While Writopia’s primary focus is creative writing, the program also offers workshops on academic essay writing for high school and college – including the all-important college application essay. Private sessions are also available.


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