In medieval times, guilds were places for artisans and craftspeople to come together and support each other while honing their skills. Over time, these groups became quite powerful by harnessing the collective power of collaboration.
When our founder, Marianne Monson, moved to Astoria in 2017, she was struck by how many writers were drawn to the region, but had few opportunities to connect with each other. In collaboration with like-minded writers and tremendous support from the community, she created the Guild to bring writers together and foster the literary arts.
Since receiving 501(c)(3) status, the Guild has embarked on a number of projects including running creative writing clubs in local schools, hosting readings, holding writing workshops, hosting literary balls, offering writer-in-residency programs, and welcoming authors such as Kim Stafford, Francisco Aragón, and Jericho Brown into the community for talks and events. We celebrate the beauty and importance of language and believe a literate community is a thriving community. We hope you'll join us.
Our deepest thanks to all our community partners and past board members who have contributed their time and efforts to the success of the Guild.