If you’ve ever wanted feedback on your writing, now’s your chance to get it.  Beginning this January, we offer 6-session writing workshops in Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry on Mondays and Wednesdays, all headed by dedicated New York Writers Workshop instructors who will help shape your work to where it should be. 


Mondays: January 9, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27

6:30-8:30 pm

Memoir Writing with Karol Nielsen

Writing For Children and Young Adults


Tuesdays: January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22

6:30-8:30 pm

Writing The Novel with Tim O’Mara

Poetry: Writing for Others

Fee: $235.00 per session

Location: Goddard Riverside The Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st Street

To register online:  visit  or

Or send check to:  Goddard Riverside Community Center

  c/o Susan Macaluso, 647 Columbus Ave, NYC 10025

(Make check payable to: New York Writers Workshop, & indicate which workshop you will attend)

For more information, write or, or call (212)-799-9400, ext 205


Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm


MEMOIR WRITING with Karol Nielsen

This workshop will help the memoir writer find and shape a personal narrative whether a short essay or a book-length memoir. Weekly lectures and in-class exercises will illuminate the elements of storytelling used to write a memoir: structure, characterization, plot, description, dialogue, point-of-view, style, voice, and revision. Works developed in my classes have been published as books and essays with honors in The Best American Essays and elsewhere. I believe in a warm, supportive atmosphere where even the most unformed idea can turn into a work of substance and art. 

     Karol Nielsen worked as a journalist before becoming an author, editor, and writing instructor. Her memoir, Black Elephants (Bison Books, 2011), was selected as a New and Noteworthy Book by Poets & Writers in 2011 and shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing in nonfiction in 2012. Excerpts from her memoir were honored as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays in 2010 and 2005. Her poetry chapbook, This Woman I Thought I’d Be (Finishing Line Press, 2012), includes poems from her full collection, selected as a finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry in 2007. She has contributed essays and poems to The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous and Obscure (Harper Perennial, 2012), Ink Stained (Ink Stained Press, 2013), and many publications, including Epiphany, Guernica, Lumina, North Dakota Quarterly, Old Red Kimono, Permafrost, RiverSedge, Smith, Used Furniture Review, Women’s Voices for Change, and Woodstock Poetry Society. She teaches writing workshops at New York University and New York Writers Workshop. 



If you’ve always dreamed of writing a children’s book or a YA novel, this workshop is for you. In a supportive learning environment, share your chapters or picture book texts with fellow writers and with the instructor. Individual critiques and class discussion will help you discover the heart of your story. From time to time, examples of published works will be analyzed and writing prompts will be offered. 

Laura Geringer Bass is the author of 20 books for children and young adults including the bestselling A Three Hat Day, an ALA Notable Book illustrated by Arnold Lobel, a Top Ten featured selection on LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow. Her YA fantasy, Sign of the Qin, an ALA Best Book, was shortlisted for the Printz award. Myth Men, her popular series of graphic novels, was adapted by CBS as an animated TV show. She has worked with numerous publishing houses and entertainment studios including HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, Hyperion/Disney, Dreamworks, Fox, and CBS. Laura Geringer Books, an award-winning imprint of HarperCollins, sold over fifty million books worldwide, including the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie franchise, and modern day classics by William Joyce, Brian Selznick and others. She has discovered and collaborated with some of the most celebrated authors and artists in the field of children’s books. Laura enjoys helping new and veteran writers with their stories. She is a member of New York Writer’s Workshop.


Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm



Whether you’re just getting started, not sure how to get started, or feel you are close to typing that last word, this workshop will provide you with the tools to help make your story ready to show to the publishing world.

Tim O’Mara is the author of four Raymond Donne novels, the latest of which, Nasty Cutter, was published in the fall of 2016 by Severn House. The first three novels were published by St. Martin’s/Minotaur Books to critical acclaim.


The best poems are first written for ourselves, and then re-written for others. Learn how to write for others while staying true to yourself. Using class exercises, revision aids, and peer feedback, write publication-worthy poems that will resonate with readers.

Jee Leong Koh’s most recent book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by Financial Times and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. He has work featured as Poem of the Week by The Guardian and Split This Rock, and selected for the 2016 Bettering American Poetry anthology. His poetry has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and Latvian.