Help a writer Emerge, create, publish

Sarabande Writing Labs is an arts education initiative created by Louisville-based nonprofit publisher, Sarabande Books. This program reinforces Sarabande's mission to connect new audiences with literature by reaching out to under-resourced communities through free writing workshops and literary events.

Now entering its fourth season in 2017, Sarabande Writing Labs has partnered with organizations serving people living with displacement, homelessness, addiction, disability, and mental illness as well as survivors of domestic abuse and at-risk youth. Thanks to the generosity of the Arthur K. Smith Foundation, The Hazel and Walter T. Bales Foundation, and dozens of individual donors, writers, teachers, and volunteers, Sarabande Writing Labs extends a platform to the city's most vulnerable and traditionally silenced individuals.


  • REACH communities in Kentucky with traditionally fewer arts education opportunities.

  • TEACH creative writing workshops characterized by enthusiasm and excellence.

  • CREATE opportunities for positive, experiential learning in a supportive and respectful environment.

  • PROMOTE diverse voices through free community readings. 


Support our Writers by volunteering:

Stay tuned for upcoming volunteer opportunities and events! If you'd like to receive email updates for volunteers, send an email to outreach@sarabandebooks.org.

support our writers by purchasing an anthology:

Anthologies are handcrafted by volunteers and given to all Sarabande Writing Labs participants free of charge. Proceeds from anthology sales support the Sarabande Writing Labs program. See all SWL volumes.


2017 Program Report: