Why There Are Words


WTAW_Reader_AudienceWelcome! This is the place to learn about Why There Are Words. Founded in 2010 by Peg Alford Pursell the literary reading series takes place every second Thursday of the month at Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia Street in Sausalito, CA, 7 PM, $10 donation at the door.

Each reading presents writers who have published books and those who have not yet. All share the criterion of excellence. WTAW began in January 2010 as a prose only reading series. Poets read but read only their prose. Beginning in 2013, select poets read poetry on a quarterly basis.

If you’re interested in reading, please send an email to whytherearewords at gmail dot com.

Writers who are starting out–those who haven’t yet published a book–are granted reading slots through a submission process.


Submission Guidelines:

1.  Original work only.

2. Please send a single file containing all submitted materials, including your bio. Your bio should contain your website.

2.  No more than 8 minutes total reading time, which equates to 3.5-4 pages of double-spaced prose, 12 pt. text, or 4-6 poems, depending on length. Submissions with more will be deleted unread.

3.  Include your name, phone number, and e-mail within the body of your email.

4.  Please send all submissions via e-mail to whytherearewords at gmail dot com. Please do not send your work to any other email address or contact form.

If you are a teacher or friend of writers, please share this information and encourage your students and friends to submit their work for consideration.


— Very few slots are available for poetry. If you want to submit your poems for one of the few openings, follow the above guidelines.

— Previous readers can submit work again after the anniversary of their last reading has passed–so one year from when you last read. WTAW reserves the right to privilege first-time readers.

WTAW is a treasured part of the Bay Area community and was named SF Guardian’s Best of the Bay for Literary Event in 2012. The series counts among its attendees those who don’t miss a single reading, and thanks them for their loyal support.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter announcing upcoming readings each month. (We never share your email with anyone!)


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