Words At Weeksville

Throughout Weeksville's 180-year history, the written word has been interwoven throughout every era. From it's 19th century newspaper, The Freedman's Torchlight to our annual poetry slam, literary arts has a home here at Weeksville. 

Words@Weeksville is a new monthly literary series consisting of both a reading series and an adult writing workshop, curated by Bridgett M. Davis, author and the director of Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program at Baruch College. The adult writing workshops offer aspiring writers the opportunity to work on craft in a group setting with an published author. The fee for the two-hour workshop is $20 and participants will receive a copy of the writer’s book. 

Powered by the wealth of literary talent of established and emerging authors and poets from across the African diaspora, Words @ Weeksville is the literary hub of Central Brooklyn.


Grounding Your Story In History


What's the best way to imbue your creative writing with historical detail? When do you have to stick to the facts and how do you make the story feel true when you don't? Join Zetta Elliott, the author of over 25 books for young readers and Weeksville's 2015 Writer-in-Residence, as she leads an intimate writing workshop that will help jumpstart your creativity by using rich history to write compelling narratives. Participants will receive a copy of Ms. Elliott's book "A Wish After Midnight," which is set in historic Weeksville.