What is happening in The Room?

Right now? Nada. 
Colleen is on sabbatical until September 2021. But--in the meantime, check in with Follow Your Art Community Studios in Melrose where they continue to offer programming and creative space for local artists and writers. Visit to see what they are up to lately!

Feel free to read about our past events below:

Young Writers and Illustrators 
Meet, Greet & Create Repackaged as Youth Book Bonanza--was a success!

The Room to Write, thanks to help from BGC Stoneham & Wakefield, created a drive-through story in the parking lot of the Stoneham Club!

During these challenging times when homeschooling is harder, money is tight, and libraries are closed--KIDS NEED BOOKS! 

The Book Bonanza event that took place on Tuesday, June 2nd was so much fun!
Luckily the weather cooperated and the drive-through story was a big hit--especially the Land of Boredom complete with Ben Stein impersonator reading the origins and definition of the word "boring" and then a sprinkler, bubbles and colorful tissue flowers. It's always a challenge converting imagined ideas into reality, but we tried our best and parents and kids seemed to really enjoy reading the story together. 

We gave away 91 books for FREE thanks to financial sponsorship from The Savings Bank and The Stoneham Rotary Club. All but five families were able to drive through and pick up their book bags the day of the event. The five remaining bags were delivered to front doors the next day--so every kid who was promised a book received one along with notebooks and pens to write their own stories in. 

There was a lot of zigging and zagging along the journey as we had to reimagine this event, but it seems we found a creative way to stay safe and get books into the hands of kids at a time when they need them most.  

This event is a small but powerful example of how EACH OF US can help our local communities: find local authors living among us, buy books from LOCAL bookstores, and get those books into the hands of readers.

Mental and emotional health are an important component of whole health. This program hopes to provide books that encourage parents to snuggle up with and read with their children, gives older kids a new book they can squirrel away with and enjoy quietly by themselves. The book can serve as the basis for discussion about various topics or simply spark desire to express thoughts and emotions through words and illustrations. Creative expression is so important right now for kids. Creativity expression is a healthy way to express the complicated feelings youth may be having right now, but it's also a great way to focus on the fun aspects of summer, family and the natural world.

We hope we inspired a lot of kids to go into the summer motivated to READ, WRITE & CREATE!

Special thanks to our sponsors whose generous support allows this event to be completely FREE for all young people who will receive books:

The authors whose books were given away through this event are listed below. 

Picture Book Authors:
Gloria & Merrill Mezikofsky (author and illustrator)
Sarah Lynne Reul (author/illustrator)
 Middle Grade Authors:

Young Adult
Dirk Tiede (graphic novel author/illustrator)




Past Events from The Room?

Writers and Illustrators Meet & Greet: Click the link to the left to see photos and follow-up from meet & greets held on: 

  • December 30, 2019 at Bunratty Tavern in Reading
  • September 23, 2019 at Wahlburgers in Lynnfield
  • June 26, 2019 at Susie's Stories in Rockport
  • March 28, 2019 at Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield
  • March 20, 2019 at Cedric's Studio in Wakefield
  • December 10, 2018 at Barnes & Noble in Peabody
  • September 17, 2018 at Whitelam Books in Reading
  • June 18, 2018 at Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield
  • March 19, 2018 at Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield
  • December 18, 2017 at Harrington's Pub
  • September 18, 2017 at the Albion Cultural Exchange
  • June 5, 2017 at Wakefield Community Access Television Studios
  • April 3, 2017 at The Savings Bank's Community Room  
  • February 20, 2017 at the Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield's Teen Room

Writing Workshops:

Writers' Critique Group: This group meets every 3rd Thursday of each month.

Festival by the Lake: Click the link to the left for recaps on all the fun we've had at the festival. Festival by the Lake is an annual festival held in June in Wakefield with crafters, nonprofits, food, music and fun!

Write After Dinner Series: Click the link to the left to see photos and follow-up from events held on:

  • April 21, 2017 - Writing the Music for The Wishing Hour with Singer-Songwriter Lisa Bastoni 
  • October 21, 2016 - Writing Seriously From Scratch with Chef Joe Gatto 


If you have an idea, please contact The Room to Write.

For more information about all the wonderful things happening in Wakefield check out the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, the Albion Cultural Exchange and the Events Planning Committee websites.