Community Write-In
September 27, 2017 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Central Branch

McIntire Room

Since August 12, 2017, our Charlottesville community has lived with uncertainty. Some people experienced that day as a wakeup call regarding the violence and hatred that exists in our community. Others felt the racism and discrimination they’ve always faced was amplified. Questions still linger. But we don’t have to be bound by fear, uncertainty or the pain of that weekend’s awful events.

Healing is a right that belongs to all of us. Writing is one way to make sense of events that defy comprehension so they don’t have to live inside us. Writing unbinds us and prepares us for action. All you need is a notebook, a pen, and a little time.

WriterHouse is collaborating with writing centers across the country to bring forth healing and unity in a time of deep divide through our #TheWrite2Heal campaign—an opportunity to voice thoughts of peace, love, and solidarity in the aftermath of August 12th. As a kick-off for this campaign, we will hold a community write-in at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library on Wednesday 9/27/17 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Bring your notebook, we’ll provide the prompts. Write with us for as little as 5 minutes or stay the entire time and enjoy the solidarity of writers who believe in the power of the pen to heal and change the world.

Participants will have the opportunity to share snippets of their writing for our #TheWrite2Heal webpage and our WriterHouse Twitter Account.

Snacks will be provided. If you are interested in donating a snack, such as vegetables and dip, cheese and crackers, hummus and carrots, cookies, brownies, or anything else, please send an email to

If you would like to participate from afar by offering words of encouragement or love, please send them to or post them on twitter at @writerhouse using the hashtag #TheWrite2Heal. Words of encouragement will be read at the opening event and will be added to our #TheWrite2Heal webpage.