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Venue & Recommended Restaurants

This year the Squire Summer Writing Workshops will take place on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. 
All SW23 registrants who stay on-campus will be in single-occupancy dorm-style suites with shared bathrooms in Wake Forest student housing. No SW23 registrants will be allowed to share a room, except with a member of their own household. 

For those who wish to participate but not spend their nights on-campus, nearby accommodations are plentiful. Click here.

Recommended Restaurants


Exit campus via Wake Forest Road, turning left onto Reynolda Road.  At light turn left into Reynolda Village main entrance. OR From Dogwood Hall walk downhill past the Scales Fine Arts Center to the Reynolda Gardens trail.  Follow trail (about a 5-10 minute walk through woods) into Reynolda Village. 


Exit campus via Wake Forest Road, turning right onto Reynolda Road. Follow Reynolda Road west past Polo and Fairlawn Roads. Pine Ridge Shopping Center will be on right, about 5-10 minutes from campus. 

  • Mama Zoe Michael’s, https://mamazoes.com/: Whatever you’re in the mood for, Mama Zoe’s probably makes it, and makes it well. Come with an appetite to match the generous portions. 
  • CookOut, https://cookout.com/: If you’re on a campus in North Carolina, you ought to get some CookOut to have the full collegiate experience. This location is drive-thru only. 

CAMPUS GAS (POLO ROAD), https://campusgas.com/ 

Exit campus via Elizabeth Phillips Way, turning left onto Polo Road. Campus Gas will be less than a mile on your right. 

Great beer selection and good pub food. Be warned that the kitchen sometimes offers only a bare-bones menu in the summer. 

PUTTERS PATIO & GRILL (COLISEUM AREA), https://www.putterspatioandgrill.com/ 

Exit campus via Elizabeth Phillips Way, turning right onto Polo Road. Stay in the right-hand lane and merge onto southbound University Parkway. Turn right at second light onto Bonhurst Avenue. 

This quintessential Demon Deacon hangout opened the year after I graduated, which probably was a good thing for my liver, waistline, and wallet. I’ve never had anything bad from their menu, but whatever you order, get the Homemade Potato Chips “half & half” (mixed thick- and thin-cut) along with it.