Writing Programs

Writing in Mark Twain's Library

Not a writing class, not a writing workshop, just three hours of uninterrupted writing time in Mark Twain’s own library. Join a select handful of fellow scribblers to write, reflect, and plot whatever piece of literature you’re working on. The space is quiet, except for the burbling fountain in the nearby conservatory, and infused with Mark Twain’s spirit. Don’t miss this once-in-a-life opportunity. Laptops are welcome, but there is NO WI-FI; make sure you charge up before you come, as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only, please; no pens permitted!

Admission is $75. 

Each session is limited to 14 participants and runs from 6 pm to 9 pm. Register here!

2019 Schedule:



June 20: Jennifer LaRue

Jennifer LaRue is Director of Writing Programs and Director of Marketing and Events for The Mark Twain House & Museum. She has written for The Washington Post, is the editor of Connecticut Explored magazine, and is the author of four children’s books.



July 18: Jacques Lamarre

Jacques Lamarre is a senior project manager at BuzzEngine, and a playwright (CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS–A Miserable Life”  & “Merry Christmas, Blockhead; RAGING SKILLET; and I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI). He also been a publicist and marketer for The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford Stage, and TheaterWorks.



August 15: Heather Murray

Heather Murray is the creative director for Storytellers Cottage in Simsbury. The site hosts several storytelling and literary events in its vintage Victorian house.



September 12: Ann Sample Lineberger

Ann Sample Lineberger is the author of The Adjustments (Full Fathom Five Digital, 2016) and New Spaces, Old World Charm (McGraw-Hill, 2004). Ann has worked as a reporter, editor, and writer for numerous publications, including Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, Cottages & Gardens, and Home Remodeling.


October 10: Rand Richards Cooper

Rand Richards Cooper was the opening author in last year’s West End Wednesday Book & Author series here at The Mark Twain House & Museum. He has published two works of fiction, The Last to Go and Big As Life, and has written for Hartford magazine, The New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ, Esquire, The Atlantic, Bon Appétit and other publications.

  • "Anybody can have ideas – the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph."

    — Mark Twain