About The Workshop


The Shanghai Writer’s Workshop (SWWS) is a creative organization dedicated to mentoring and connecting writers from around the world. Founded in 2015 by Dr. Ryan Thorpe and based out of Shanghai, the SWWS helps creative writers of all levels sharpen their skills. Since then, the SWWS has grown to a no-cost, bi-weekly workshop where writers are both challenged and supported to hone their craft. Along with the highly anticipated Spring and Fall Writer’s Retreats, and the founding of its literary journal, Shanghai Voices, the SWWS is committed to fostering a new generation of creative talent in China.

上海作家研讨会(SWWS)是一个致力于指导和联系世界各地作家的创意组织。于2015年由Ryan Thorpe博士在上海创建,SWWS最初是只是一个会议,帮助有创造力和专业的作家提高他们的写作技能。从那时起到现在,SWWS已经发展成为一个免费的、每两周一次的研讨会,这里作家们会得到各种支持和挑战,进而提高他们的写作水准。伴随着备受期待的春秋两季的写作郊游,以及《嘎三胡》文学杂志的创建,SWWS将致力于培养中国新一代的创新人才。

Chekhov quote

Cross out as many adjectives and adverbs as you can. . . It is comprehensible when I write: “The man sat on the grass,” because it is clear and does not detain one’s attention. On the other hand, it is difficult to figure out and hard on the brain if I write: “The tall, narrow-chested…

By Ry February 9, 2020 Off

New work from the fiction workshop

Congratulations to our very own Gaga for publishing her latest short story, “Pot of Tea, Entire Works of Shakespeare, and a Lost Dog!” Dragana Rudić, Pot of tea, entire works of Shakespeare and a lost dog I encourage you to check it out!

By Ry January 14, 2020 Off

Shanghai Voices Begins!

The Shanghai Writing Workshop is excited about our new public reading series, Shanghai Voices. Our readings are not an open mic. Instead, they consist of local writers from the workshop and the community that have refined their work and prepared a solid reading for the public. Our first reading will be on November 20th. More details…

By ShanghaiWriting October 23, 2019 Off

Fall Writing Retreat

Hello Awesome Writers! The Shanghai Writing Workshop is having its fall retreat from November 29th to December 1st. The main poster is below with a detailed schedule and list of abstracts following it. Let Ryan know if you’re interested in joining us! You can find him on wechat at texaswriter. Abstracts On the Tip of the…

By ShanghaiWriting October 21, 2019 Off

Four New Poems

by Tom Squitieri The Road Goes Home The drive has returnedNow it is the mist of the mountainsThe reminder of where you are from, and who you areDo you deserve love?Are you indeed who you are?The love and passion you have found this month, is it still far? That dreams made for realfull of beating hearts, wetness…

By ShanghaiWriting August 22, 2019 Off