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Walk & Write: Manchester with Sarah Shotland

July 12 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Sarah Shotland is standing next to a river wearing a red puffy jacket and sunglasses.

Follow on foot Sherrie Flick and guest prose writer Sarah Shotland, with pen in hand, through the neighborhood of Manchester. There will be walking, writing prompts, an opportunity to write, a cat cemetery, and live readings from Sarah as we explore the theme of inside/out.

About the Walk & Write Tour Series

Since 2021, local writer Sherrie Flick has led the popular Walk & Write Tour series for Shiftworks. The summer and fall of 2024 marks the fourth season of this successful program. Over the past three seasons, the Walk & Write Tour series has explored Downtown Pittsburgh, Hazelwood, Morningside, the North Shore, and the South Side to name a few.

These hour-and-a-half tours traverse city neighborhoods and introduce tour-goers to various walking trails and footpaths. This season includes Flick working with guest writers Nancy Krygowski, Sarah Shotland, and Robert Yune, each exploring a different neighborhood and theme, such as noticing, inside/outside, the past isn’t the past, and immersion.

As participants walk these areas, they will have the opportunity to exercise their creative writing skills, responding to Flick’s writing prompts at each tour stop. The writing prompts are unique to each tour route and correspond with its surroundings. Each guest writer will read their work aloud during the program.

About Sarah Shotland

Sarah Shotland headshotSarah Shotland is the author of the novel Junkette and the nonfiction project Abolition is Everything. Her writing has been published in The Iowa Review, Creative Nonfiction, North American Review, and elsewhere. She co-founded Words Without Walls, which brought creative writing to jails and prisons from 2009-2022. She is Program Director of Madwomen in the Attic at Carlow University, where she teaches in the creative writing program.


Additional Information

There are no public restrooms available along the tour route. The walking route is completely flat. All writing abilities are welcome and no previous writing experience is necessary. Participants should bring paper and a writing implement, wear good walking shoes, and bring their curiosity to environments that may be new to them.

The tour will take place rain or shine. Please be prepared for any type of weather. If there is severe weather on the day of the tour requiring cancellation, participants will be notified by email 2 – 4 hours in advance of the tour start time.

Meeting Location

The parking lot of the Western State Penitentiary; 1922 Westhall Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Participants should plan to arrive by 6:50 PM to check in with a Shiftworks staff member. The tour will begin promptly at 7:00 PM.

Parking and Transportation

Street parking is available within the vicinity. If taking public transportation, there are multiple Pittsburgh Regional Transit stops within the vicinity that serve routes 17, 16, and 13. For more information, please visit the Pittsburgh Regional Transit website:

Photography, Videography, and Other Documentation

Participants should be aware that photography, videorecording, and/or other documentation of the event by Shiftworks, other attendees, or the media may take place during the event. Participants will have an opportunity to indicate if they choose to opt out of being included in event documentation, and our team will make reasonable efforts to accommodate these preferences.

Cancellation and Refunds

In the event of cancellation due to severe weather, participants will be refunded to their original form of payment. All other sales are final.


Registration for this tour is $10 per person; advance registration is required. The button below will redirect you to Eventbrite where you can complete your purchase.



July 12
7:00 pm–8:30 pm
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Western State Penitentiary
1922 Westhall Sreet
Pittsbugh, PA 15233 United States
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