Why There Are Words


WTAW_Reader_AudienceFounded in 2010 by Peg Alford Pursell, Why There Are Words is a reading series that takes place every second Thursday at Studio 333, located at 333 Caledonia Street in Sausalito, CA. Doors open at 7 PM. $10 at the door.

Each reading event presents a range of writers, including those who have published books and those who have not yet. All writers share the criterion of excellence.

While often writers have recently had a book published and are in the midst of promoting their new works, the guiding idea behind the series is that good work is timeless and needs to be heard regardless of marketing or commercial concerns.

WTAW began in January 2010 as a prose only reading series. Some poets read but only their prose. Beginning in 2013, on a quarterly basis selected poets read poetry. Currently, poetry may be read at any of the months, but the series remains primarily focused on prose.

If you’re interested in reading, please see the information about participating on this page.

As of 2016, Why There Are Words has expanded into independent publishing: WTAW Press,  a 501(c)3 non-profit. The first two books of prose will be published in 2017. The 2016 reading period is June 15 through September 15, 2016. You can find more info, guidelines, and the link to the submission portal on the website submissions page.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter announcing upcoming readings each month, and do attend the readings!

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To contact us, email whytherearewords AT gmail DOT com. Be patient! WTAW is a complete labor of love.


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