Write on the DOT (n.)

a Literary Platform serving Dorchester, MA.

Write on the DOT is a reading series and literary platform in Dorchester, coordinated by UMass Boston MFA students to support and promote local writing.

We bring Dorchester writers and neighbors together to share creative work in our community.

Readings and Events

2018-2019 Events

Event Location Date Time
"Boston Book Festival: Unbound" BPL: Exchange October 13 1 pm
"Write in the DOT" Sugar Bowl Dorchester October 30 4-6 pm
End of Semester Open Mic Banshee Bar Boston November 29 7:30 pm
Submission Open for WotD Volume V Submit Online! December 1 12 am
Spring Write In Coco Leaf March 9 2-4 pm
Submission CLOSE for WotD Volume V Submit Online! EXTENDED - March 23 12 am
Volume V Launch Reading The Blarney Stone May 14 5-8pm

The Dorchester Triple Decker

The Dorchester Triple Decker is a poetic from we created to celebrate an iconic aspect of the physical and community architectural makeup of Dorchester, as embodied by the iconic "triple decker" homes of our neighborhood.

So, what is the Dorchester Triple Decker?

  • Three tercets (a tercet is a three-line stanza or block of text).
  • One word or phrase that repeats/echoes somewhere in each tercet.
  • Three writers together in one poem.

Instructions: Start by choosing a floor to write the first tercet. Then pass the poem to a friend or neighbor. Each writer should complete one floor/tercet, remembering to repeat/echo the same word or phrase.

Share your completed triple decker online with the hashtag #3deckerpoem, and tag us on Twitter at @dotwrite and on Instagram at @writeonthedot

You can also start your #3deckerpoem on social media: write one tercet—then tag two friends/neighbors to help you complete it.

You can download a PDF of the original "triple decker" form here.

Write on the DOT Literary Journal

Every year (or so), we publish an anthology of writing by Dorchester writers and students from UMass Boston to showcase the creative work taking place in our community.

To publish this journal in print, we rely on the generous support of community sponsors as well as the UMass Boston MFA Program in Creative Writing – we are forever grateful for their support in promoting writing and the arts in our community.

While we are still working on digitizing all the previous volumes, you can download a few of the past anthologies below, and you can pick up physical copies of Volume IV at home.stead in Field's Corner.

Past Volumes:

Submissions for Write on the DOT Vol. V

Submissions for Write on the DOT: Volume V will open on December 1, 2018 and will close on Friday, March 15, 2019.

All submisions should include a short bio that includes your relationship to Dorchester (or UMass Boston) in the body of the email. Please send submissions to dotreadingseries[at]gmail.com with your name and "submission" in the title.


  • Please send up to 10 pages, double-space of prose, with page numbers!


  • Please send up to 3-5 poems, single-spaced

Short-short Fiction

  • Please send up to 3-5 short pieces up to 500 words, double spaced


  • We're looking for 2-D visual art, in a format suitable for a 6x9" or so journal.


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Please send any additional questions or comments to us at dotreadingseries[at]gmail.com.