Lansdowne Writers’ Workshop General Information

General Workshop

Whether you’ve been writing for years, just want to get started, or are ready to get started again, the Lansdowne Writers’ Workshop will provide you with the support and focused quiet you need to access your authentic voice and write your deepest, most honest, stories. The first hour of each session is devoted to a writing exercise. The second hour is available for students wishing to receive verbal and written on a piece of writing and learn how to take it to the next level.

The May/June session begins Wednesday, May 16 and includes the following dates: May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, and June 20. We meet from 7-9PM at ArtSpace Lansdowne in Lansdowne, PA.

Cost for the six-week session is $180.

The workshop includes fiction, poetry, autobiography/memoir, and creative non fiction.

To sign-up for a workshop, please write to Louise Bierig,, or call 610.892.7604.

Louise Bierig graduated from the University of Iowa’s Undergraduate Writers’ Workshop. She has written countless short stories, several personal essays, three novels, a few poems, and is currently working on a novella. She has previously taught at the William Way Center in Philadelphia and at Soul Source in Swarthmore and Aston. Recently, her short story, Field of Rye at Twilight, was published in Philadelphia Stories. Her essays have been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Swarthmorean, and Fresh Picks, The Lansdowne Farmer's Market newsletter (a column titled The View from Lupine Valley). Her fiction has won the following awards: 2004: Finalist in novel writing contest sponsored by Suspect Thoughts Press; 1997: Finalist for The Heekin Group Foundation Writer’s & Education Fund; 1992: First prize in Mercyhurst College’s short fiction contest.

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Big Announcement from Glimmer Train:

When we started Glimmer Train in 1990, it was partly because we wanted new writers to have a real chance at being published, and because we were looking for a different kind of short fiction. We wanted to read (and we read every submission ourselves) and publish memorable stories that revealed a wider and deeper view of what it means to be human. The stories that you’ve sent us over the years have shown us so many perspectives and possibil...ities—they’ve opened our hearts to the lives and worlds you’ve revealed to us, which we would not have known without you.

Then, after nearly thirty years, we will begin a new phase of our lives with our husbands and families—still sisters and next-door neighbors, still avid readers looking back in history and forward, wondering, and discussing last night's dreams during our morning walks.

No subscribers will be left in a lurch—we’ve been careful not to let people renew beyond Glimmer Train Issue 106 or Writers Ask Issue 85. If there are subscribers who did manage to renew beyond those issues, they will be refunded. No authors will be left in the cold either: We will fit in every story we accept for publication in Issue 106, latest.

We will be open to submissions for the next twelve months. The final issues of Glimmer Train Stories (#106) and Writers Ask (#85) will be out in the fall of 2019.

We wanted you to know well in advance so you can make your plan, particularly those of you who value the physicality and longevity of books, the knowing that they’ll be preserved in the Library of Congress, as well as on our shelves.

We look forward to immersing ourselves in your stories over the next year, publishing as many emerging writers as we can, and presenting our readers with some of the best short fiction they’ll ever find.

"I was just describing what my experience has been like to another writer I've been encouraging…explaining that you are honest, and a force for good, and that sets a tone that comes through in everything, and produces all its own evidence, as all good work being done out of love does, and that's what makes Glimmer Train different. It's the two of you, it's personal, and it matters. There is no warmer home for writers than what you two have built. And I feel so fortunate to have found my home early, because it's made such a difference, and by some strange magic, always when I've needed it the most."—Gabe Herron

Four more gorgeous issues of Glimmer Train Stories to go! Our last—#106—will be out in the world in October 2019, and we hope you’re in it!

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2 Reviews
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Martha Michaela Hutchman Brown
· March 6, 2018
This workshop was the perfect place to kickstart (restart, really) my writing after taking a break of several years. It's supportive, creative and full of smart folks with keen insight.
Patricia King Haddad
· November 4, 2017
The Lansdowne Writer's Workshop has much to offer. It is always inspiring to work with Louise Bierig who is a dedicated writer, herself. She provides great prompts to get the creativity flowing and gi...ves excellent, constructive, positive feedback. Don't forget to sign up for her upcoming workshops - you'll be glad that you did! See More
Workshop Centerpieces The November/December workshop starts in three days on November 6. What is less certain is if we will still have fresh garden flowers for our workshop centerpiece. If we're hit by frost before now and then, I will find something equally natural and decorative for a centerpiece. Will you write with us? Registration is nearly full, but there are spots available. To sign-up, please write to Louise at or call 610.892.7604.