Shelf Life connects existing workshops and helps start new ones across the country.


If you already have a workshop up and running, great!  We’d love to hear from you and make you a part of our Shelf Life network.  If you are interested in receiving a Shelf Life book kit and /or being listed in our directory, please fill out this form here.  


Feel inspired yet?  Or just daunted?  Why not create your own writing workshop in your community? There are so many people out there who can use a creative outlet. Don’t worry: you don’t have to reinvent the wheel since we already have this project on the roll. 


Read the helpful advice of people who have been there, learned that, and start helping your community out today! You can download their helpful “How-Tos” for tips on how to organize, help, and run writing workshops. 


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Sarah Danforth is an outreach worker with Homeward Bound of Asheville, North Carolina. She spent time in college working with creative writing and theater troupes in prisons. After graduation, she has graduated into teaching poetry to those who are experience homelessness. 

Download Sarah’s How-To here: How to Start a Creative Writing Workshop for Homeless Folks

  • How to research and find organizations to help you build your writing program.
  • How to organize and generate interest in your workshop
  • Basic setup and resources for the sessions.
  • Tips for how to run the class and give constructive criticism



Hannah Wehr  teaches poetry programs in four maximum security juvenile facilities throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.  


Download Hannah’s How-To here:   How to Start a Creative Writing Workshop for Incarcerated Youths

  • How to approach teaching youths from at-risk environments
  • What to prepare for in your sessions
  • Tips to keep the students engaged