PARKSIDE LOUNGE READING Tues Jan 31 7PM

A New York Writers Workshop event with

Nina D’Alessandro
Jee Leong Koh
Rosebud Ben-Oni

317 Houston Street

Arts on Site Writing Workshops

New York Writers Workshop

presents

a workshop series at Arts on Site, 12 St Mark’s Place, beginning January 2017

 

Two-Day Intensives, Sat-Sun

 

1. Person, Place, Prose, Poem: A Writing Intensive (w/Tim Tomlinson)

Person, Place, Prose, Poem focuses on several of the most important components of poetry, fiction, and/or memoir: character, setting, and plot. Exercises, drafts, critique, in a process-oriented workshop.

Sat Jan 28: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sun Jan 29 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: $115 / Max: 25 participants

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/person-place-prose-poem-a-writing-intensive-with-tim-tomlinson-tickets-30441412083

Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. His poetry collections Yolanda:  An Oral History in Verse (a chapbook), and Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, appeared in 2016. This Is Not Happening to You, a collection of short fiction, will appear in 2017. His work in poetry and prose has been published in China, the Philippines, and in numerous venues in the U.S., including Blue Lyra Review, Caribbean Vistas, Lime Hawk, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (forthcoming), and in Long Island Noir (Akashic Books). He is a member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators. He teaches in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University.

 

2. The Storehouse of Memory & How to Publish (w/Ravi Shankar)

The Storehouse of Memory: Using Heightened Recollection to help Generate Poetry and Prose

is day one—samples, exercises, new material. How to Publish and Sell your Works of Fiction, Nonfiction or Poetry is day two.

Sat Feb 4: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sun Feb 5: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: $115 / Max: 25 participants

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-storehouse-of-memory-how-to-publish-with-ravi-shankar-tickets-30441477278

Ravi Shankar is the founding editor of Drunken Boat, one of the world’s oldest electronic journals of the arts. He has written or edited ten books and chapbooks of poetry, including translations of the 9th century Tamil poet/saint, Andal, entitled The Autobiography of a Goddess, a collection of collaborative poems, What Else Could it Be, the 2010 National Poetry Review Prize winner, Deepening Groove, and the 2005 finalist for the Connecticut Book Awards, Instrumentality. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited W.W. Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond, called “a beautiful achievement for world literature” by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. He has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared as a commentator on the BBC, the PBS Newshour and NPR, received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and has performed his work around the world. He is currently chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust and on the faculty of the first international MFA program at City University of Hong Kong.

 

3. Turning Your Life into Art: A Workshop in Fiction, Memoir and Screenplay (w/Ross Klavan, Charles Salzberg, & Christina Chiu)

From the wildest fantasy film to the most heartfelt, truth-telling memoir, all stories originate from real life. But how does one cull certain life experiences and transform those moments into a novel, film or memoir? How does fact ignite fiction? Charles Salzberg and Ross Klavan have worked in a variety of art forms—novel, short story, and screen writing, creative non-fiction and memoir. Using their expertise, attendees will learn how to shape their experience into a unique imaginative art form. The workshop will include specific exercises, panel discussions, and screenings. Salzberg and Klavan will read from their work, as will special guest instructor, award-winning fiction writer Christina Chiu.

Sat Feb 18: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sun Feb 19: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: $115 / Max: 25 participants

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turning-your-life-into-art-a-workshop-in-fiction-memoir-and-screenplay-with-ross-klavan-charles-tickets-30441510377

Ross Klavan’s work spans film, books and TV. His comic novel Schmuck was published by Greenpoint Press in 2014. His screenplay for Tigerland (starring Colin Farrell) was nominated for an Independent Sprit Award. He’s presented his work in performance and his voice can be heard in a variety of films, TV shows and commercials. His is a member of New York Writers Workshop.

Charles Salzberg is a former magazine journalist whose work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, New York magazine, The New York Times, Redbook and other periodicals. His novel, Swann’s Last Song was nominated for a Shamus Award, and he is also the author of Swann Dives In, Swann’s Lake of Despair, which was a Finalist for a Beverly Hills Book Award, and Devil in the Hole, based on a true crime and called one of the Best Crime Books of the Year by Suspense magazine. He teaches with New York Writers Workshop where he is a Founding Member.

Christina Chiu, curator and co-host of the Pen Parentis Literary Salons, is the author of Troublemaker and Other Saints,(Putnam, 2001). Her work has appeared in numerous Tin House, Charlie Chan is Dead 2, Not the Only One, and Acorn. Her accolades include the Asian American Literary Award. Troublemaker has been translated into German and French. Chiu is one of the Founding members of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She received her MFA in writing from Columbia University. Chiu is a member of New York Writers Workshop. She also teaches at Hudson Valley Writers Center.

 

 

 

New York Writers Workshop @ Arts on Site, 12 St. Mark’s (3-F)

Developing Fiction (w/Tim Tomlinson)

 

Six Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Feb 6, 13, 20, Mar 6, 13, 20

This is a workshop in prose fiction (it also accommodates memoir). I’ll begin each session with a craft talk based on published samples of prose, concerning various modes (flash, story, novel) and techniques (scene, dialogue, character, setting). I’ll devote the majority of each session to manuscript critique (three per session). Each participant will have work evaluated at least once. My workshop approach is grounded in a spirit of community, support, and encouragement, based on sensitive, honest critique. I consider the material that comes into workshop as in process, and I am committed to helping it along to its fullest, most effective realization.

Cost: $225

Max: 15 participants

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/developing-fiction-with-tim-tomlinson-tickets-30441533446

Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. His poetry collections Yolanda:  An Oral History in Verse (a chapbook), and Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, appeared in 2016. This Is Not Happening to You, a collection of short fiction, will appear in 2017. His work in poetry and prose has been published in China, the Philippines, and in numerous venues in the U.S., including Blue Lyra Review, Caribbean Vistas, Lime Hawk, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (forthcoming), and in Long Island Noir (Akashic Books). He is a member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators. He teaches in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University. 

WINTER WRITING WORKSHOPS

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 www.newyorkwritersworkshop.com  or www.goddard.org/communityarts.org

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 newyorkwritersworkshop@gmail.com or communityarts@goddard.org, 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. 

 

WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS with Laura Geringer-Bass

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

 

WRITING THE NOVEL with Tim O’Mara

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.

POETRY:WRITING FOR OTHERS with Jee Leong Koh

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.

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