Writing at the Mark Twain House


"The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning..." - Mark Twain


The Royal Nonesuch National Humor Writing Contest

- Submit 10,000 words or less of any original work of humor. Submissions will be judged by our award-winning Twain House staff, Twain experts, Trinity College faculty, and celebrity guest judges. A youth category for Young Authors under 18 will also be available.

- Submissions are due by June 30th and the winners will be announced in the fall.  For further contest rules and submissions, check out our page here.

Classes & Workshops

- Hone your writing with our six-week writing classes in Fiction, Memoir, Poetry, Playwriting, Humor, Storytelling, Freelancing, and more. Classes are offered in the spring, summer, and fall featuring acclaimed instructors. Register here. For further descriptions and author bios, check out our Events and Programs calendar-- that's where all the fun nitty gritty information is.

- Teens are invited to apply to our Neighborhood Studios Summer Writing Apprenticeship—six weeks paid summer work as a journalist on the grounds of the Twain House. Look for applications from the Greater Hartford Arts Council here.

- Dive into new topics with Weekend Writing Workshops—intensive three-hour experiences with varied subjects like Songwriting, Writing for Children, Self-Publishing, and more. Twelve exciting subjects per year. Register here. For further descriptions and author bios, check out our Events and Programs calendar-- that's where all the fun nitty gritty information is.

- Writing in Mark Twain’s Library offers a unique opportunity to write inside the Twain House. Bring a laptop or pencil & paper to conjure your literary inspiration in the home of the master himself. Register here.

- Enroll your young authors in the Mark Twain Players—a Playwriting Workshop we run in conjunction with Hartford Stage. The class culminates with a performance at a Twain event. Enroll here.

- Join us for our Fourth Annual Writers Weekend & Book Fair! Three days of lectures, workshops, writing sessions, and book-signings at our Museum Center with the top writers in the Northeast. April 17th – 19th, 2015. Register here.

We can’t wait to read what you’re working on—are you the next Mark Twain?

For information and scheduling on any of these programs, please email Julia.pistell@marktwainhouse.org, or call her at (860) 247-0998 x 208.

Julia Pistell
Director, Writing at the Mark Twain House


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