Who We Are

New York Writers Workshop is an alliance of published authors and professional writers of fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry, plays and screenplays, who live and teach in New York City and a growing list of locales across the globe.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to offering professional guidance, resources and workshops that teach craft, foster creativity, and help writers achieve their goals.

As working writers teaching writing classes:

  • We nurture and encourage writers of all levels and all ages, from teens to seniors, from aspiring beginners to established writers seeking motivation or direction.
  • We mentor, consult, and travel.
  • We offer a wide range of courses at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels in multiple genres, including short fiction, the novel, children's and young adult fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, the screenplay, playwriting and speech writing.
  • We offer a unique opportunity for students to develop their craft, sharpen their communication skills, and  receive guidance from industry professionals on how to get their work published or performed.
  • We are dedicated to public service, and we engage in regular community outreach activities. Please contact us if you would like to arrange for a workshop or tutorial led by one of our expert faculty in your community.

Our History

New York Writers Workshop formed in 2000, just in time for the new millennium. We taught in basements, studios, private homes, and temporary classroom spaces all over the City before we found a permanent home for some of our writing classes at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. We’ve grown from a nucleus of eleven founders to a team of over forty writer/instructors. And we’ve branched out from the Lower East Side and the Upper West Side to other states and as far as Europe and the Far East. 

We’ve attracted a loyal following and garnered acclaim (check out the testimonials and success stories) from students who tried their first writing exercises in one of our classes to those who followed our guidance all the way to publication. We’ve published a textbook, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. In 2004 we launched our own publishing house, Greenpoint Press, which has a growing list of scintillating fiction and non-fiction titles, some written by our students. We regularly offer free workshops in all disciplines through the New York Public Library. We host four pitch conferences a year that put writers of fiction and non-fiction directly in contact with editors from big commercial publishing houses and independent presses. We are coming soon to a continent near you!

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