Another significant incubator for budding local writers, both as teachers and students, is the Cambridge Center for Adult Education in Harvard Square. Founded in 1876 as the Cambridge Social Union, it became the Cambridge Center for Adult Education in 1938 and has sponsored classes in writing and hundreds of other activities from hip-hop dance to calligraphy ever since. Both [Mameve Medwed] and [Arthur Golden] were teachers at the institution for a number of years before their novels hit it big.
Mary Sullivan, a Cambridge resident whose first novel "Stay" was published last October by Cambridge publishing company Zoland Books, took classes with Medwed at the Cambridge Center while Sullivan toiled on her book. She paid her rent and bills by working nights as a cocktail waitress in Central Square.
1. In his home in Somerville, [James W. Brown] in front of photographs taken in Greece, the setting of his first novel. / GLOBE STAFF PHOTO / PAT GREENHOUSE 2. Mary Sullivan of Cambridge, working on her second novel, always writes in her kitchen. / GLOBE STAFF PHOTO / PAT GREENHOUSE