It was 2003. In a noisy restaurant in the theatre district of Boston, three MFA students met regularly to give each other feedback. Somewhere between attending class and sharing brick oven pizzas, they began to realize how important their small community might be. In the next decade, international borders, teaching careers, marriages, and the birth of five children would separate them and challenge the space, mental and physical, they had for writing. Through digital connection and occasional visits to each other’s homes and writers' retreats, the three friends were able to remember that one of the most precious stimulus for writing is an honest and supportive community of writers.
Michelle's first book signing brought the friends together again in Mystic, Connecticut in 2014. Once again over a meal, they found inspiration, camaraderie, and the ambition to keep pursuing the writing life. That day, the idea of L'ATELIER was born. We are now three years into the project and more excited than ever.