Workshop Subgroups

The Shanghai Writing Workshop is not a single group. Instead, the workshop is comprised of many different subgroups that all contribute to the arts collective that is the Shanghai Writing Workshop. Each year, our organization grows, and we dream a little bigger, but for the sake of clarity, I’ll list all the different branches of the workshop that are currently active. If you are at all interested in joining any of these workshops, please contact Ry at his WeChat, texaswriter.


All workshops meet at 105 Whisky Lounge on Shaoxing Lu.

The Fiction Workshop meets every other Tuesday 7-9 pm and is currently led by Mike Robinson. They focus primarily on short fiction with the occasional novel. All genres and styles are welcome. Submissions should be less than a thousand words. Workshop members read in advance, so workshop time is dedicated to reviewing and discussing people’s work. Check out the frequently asked questions.

The Nonfiction Workshop is currently led by Hannah Lund and Patti MacAlpine. Nonfiction alternates Tuesdays with Fiction, and they also alternate between generative workshops and review workshops. For more detail, join the chat.

The Poetry Workshop is run by Russell Grant and meets every other Wednesday. Participants are encouraged to bring printed copies of their poems to the meeting, which generally starts at 6:30.

Youth Writers Project is run by Patti MacAlpine and focuses on providing high school students with a free, well-run creative writing class. It meets once a month at a high school.

Literary Groups

The workshop’s book club, The Shakespeare Etc. Book Club, focuses on Shakespeare’s plays and contemporary readings paired with his plays. They meet every other Monday at 7pm at Garden Books on Changle Lu.

Sunday Scribbles is a casual writing meetup that meets every Sunday in the late afternoon to chat and write. Location changes every week, so join the chat if you’d like to know where the workshop is meeting next.

Public Events

Shanghai Voices is the workshop’s public reading series. It is a curated reading series featuring strong, local writers. It takes place two to three times a year. There is a call for readers for each Shanghai Voices.

Circle of Sages is the workshop’s lecture series. For this event, exceptional educators from Shanghai present on irreverent topics in a fun and engaging way while drinking.

Visions is the workshop’s zine that is printed twice a year. It is given out for free at different workshop events. Considering submitting.

Retreat occurs twice a year, and the workshop rents out a big house on Chongming Island for a weekend of writing, lectures, and community building.