RIGHT HERE (WRITE HERE): A Workshop in Memoir.
The question that confronts—and confounds—the beginning memoirist is: where do I enter this vast morass, my life? This workshop in memoir will provide a number of answers to that question, all of which boil down to one: right here. We’ll look at samples of memoir, both recent and classic, for ideas about entry points, structure, movement, and voice, and we’ll use those samples as springboards for our own work. Over the course of the four sessions, we’ll build self-portraits in prose, and we’ll explore how those portraits connect to and depend three pillars of personal experience: places, times, and other people. Over the course of the four sessions, you’ll enter and re-enter what appeared to be a morass, but now becomes your story.
This is a four session workshop. Please sign up if you are willing to commit to all sessions
Register: NYPL Creative Aging Series—Memoir w/Dr Kaia Niambi Shivers, or call (212) 491-2070
DATES: Four Thursdays—May 2, May 9, May 16, & May 23, 2019
TIME: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
FOR: Adults 50+
PLACE: NYPL Countee Cullen 104 W 136th St, New York, NY 10030
Kaia Niambi Shivers lives by her lifelong mantra — academia, artistry and activism as a professor in Liberal Studies at New York University. Her research focuses on black representations in media and the African diaspora. Currently, she looks at how Nollywood audiences imagine, construct and perform identity in the urban United States. Before the academy, Shivers worked as a journalist, covering the beat then entertainment and travel. Soon after she freelanced as a writer and blogger on current affairs. Now as a professor, she embarks on making films that fuse her research and journalism background. As well, Shivers is a writer and poet, producing short stories and poems for over two decades, some of them found in anthologies and her book, Bits & Pieces of My Truth. Since 2016, she has been filming a docuseries called, “Orisa in the Ghetto,” a 15-part documentary delving into the experiences of Black folk in the United States, it is a fusion of Afrofuturism, African storytelling, and African diaspora culture. The first part in the series titled, “The Black Divine,” investigates the concept of god and how diasporans (and specifically descendants of enslaved Africans) envisioned themselves as divine. Her second installation explores experiences and ideas around social justice. Last year, Shivers launched Ark Republic, a news media site that uses robust storytelling to explore and cover issues and topics of the day. The site works with about 40 contributors all over the world to produce and create narratives through multi-media.
New York Writers Workshop endeavors to make our classes available to everyone. We offer free workshops and presentations through the New York Public Library branch libraries, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queens Public Library. Watch out for our free library workshops in Fall and Winter 2017!
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Saturday, October 8, 2016, 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 3 p.m.
PROGRAM LOCATION: Jefferson Market Library, First Floor
How to register:Online
Telling Your Story is a workshop series focused on, but not limited to, writing from personal experience in fiction and non-fiction prose forms, and poetry. Generally, sessions include discussion of samples of published work, followed by in-session writing exercises, then sensitive critiques of the work produced. It is not necessary to attend all three sessions—each session stands alone. However, the final meeting may consider work that participants have developed over the three sessions. Optional reading and writing assignments might be suggested for the times between sessions. By the end of the sequence, participants who've attended all three sessions will have generated drafts of at least one new poem, and two new pieces of autobiographical prose.
Saturdays, October 8, 15, 22
3 pm to 4:30 pm
Session I—Instructor: Laura Bass (October 8): This session focuses on how to hook your reader from the very first sentence and, in the process, discover the heart of your story. Works may range from novels and novellas for a general reading audience including teens and preteens to short stories, flash fiction, graphic novels and picture book texts.
Session II—Instructor: Tim Tomlinson (October 15): This session addresses the personal poem. Participants will mine personal experience and use the autobiographical to create drafts of two poems. Tim will discuss process and outcomes, and he’ll address the relationship between personal poem and personal prose. Published work will serve as examples.
Session III—Instructor: Loren Kleinman (October 22): Loren Kleinman’s session will come at personal work through Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir. Prompts will derive from her acclaimed workshops, Writing to Heal, and Writing the Self.
Whether you attend one session or all please register online. Thank you! Registration opens Saturday, September 24.
All events and courses are free and open to the public. Presented in the 1st floor Willa Cather Community Room.
ShowRegister Now for: Telling Your Story: A Three Session Workshop
Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Online Registration opens Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 10:00am
Telling Your Story: A Series of Workshops in Poetry and Prose, featuring instructors from New York Writers Workshop.
Telling Your Story is a workshop series focused on, but not limited to, writing from personal experience in fiction and non-fiction prose forms, and poetry. In Tim Tomlinson’s July sessions, the first workshop will focus on possibilities of autobiography in poetry. The latter two will focus on autobiography in prose. Each session will begin with a sample or two of published work, followed by an in-session writing exercise, then discussion of the work produced. It is not necessary to attend all three sessions—each session stands alone. But the final meeting may consider work that participants have developed over the three sessions. Tim will offer optional reading and writing assignments for the times between sessions. By the series conclusion, participants who've attended all three sessions will have generated drafts of at least one new poem, and two new pieces of autobiographical prose.
Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He is also the author of the chapbook,Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse (Finishing Line Press), and the forthcoming collection, Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire (Winter Goose). His poems, stories, and essays have been published in China (United Verses and Anthill), the Philippines (Esquire, Tomas, Silliman Journal, and in the Anvil Press anthology Fast Food Fiction), and the U.S. in numerous venues, including Blue Lyra Review, Caribbean Vistas, Soundings Review, the anthology Long Island Noir (Akashic Books), and most recently inSoftblow, Lime Hawk, and Mulberry Fork Review. He is a member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators. He teaches in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University.
New York Writers Workshop is an alliance of experienced, professional writers of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays and screenplays who live and teach in New York City. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve a growing community of aspiring writers with workshops that teach craft, foster creativity, and enable writers, no matter their background or experience, to achieve their full writing potential.
Register online starting June 29! Presented in the 1st floor Willa Cather Community Room.
All events are free and open to the public.
NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP presents
WRITING WORKSHOPS @ MID-MANHATTAN LIBRARY
Tuesday, June 7, 7:00 pm—8:30 pmNew York Writers Workshop presents: How to Write About Your Lifewith Donna Minkowitz
Memoir writers sometimes worry whether their experiences are universal enough to interest others. But though people's lives can differ greatly, human feelings and needs are universal. We'll explore ways to use emotion, our five senses, and creative insight to craft memoir pieces any reader can identify with. Donna Minkowitz has taught memoir writing since 1998, at venues including the 92nd Street Y, The Kitchen, and the JCC of the Upper West Side. Her recent memoir Growing Up Golem was a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and for the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award, and Minkowitz won a Lambda Literary Award for her first memoir, Ferocious Romance. Minkowitz has also written for the New York Times Book Review, Salon, and The Nation, and she is the restaurant critic for Gay City News. She is a member of New York Writers Workshop.
Tuesday, June 14, 7:00-8:30 pm. New York Writers Workshop presents: Creating Graphic Novels withAlissa Torres
Explore the powerful genre of the graphic novel. Please bring a notebook (preferably unlined), and pens or pencils with erasers. Alissa Torres is the author of AMERICAN WIDOW (art by Sungyoon Choi), a graphic novel memoir, about her experiences as a 9/11 widow and new mother. She has written many personal essays and articles for publications including salon.com. Her book was listed as a New York Times Editors’ Choice and was an award finalist for the 2008 Books for a Better Life - First Books Category. She has served as judge for Random House Foundation, Inc. Creative Writing Competition and is a non-practicing attorney and with an M.A/ABD in Comparative Literature from New York University and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan. Alissa is a member of New York Writers Workshop.
Tuesday, June 21, 7:00-8:30 pm. New York Writers Workshop presents: How to Create a Compelling Character with Susan Breen
Everything you want to know about writing, just about, begins with creating a character who intrigues people. So how do you go about doing that? Susan Breen's new mystery, Maggie Dove, will be published by Random House Alibi in June 2016. Her stories have been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Best American NonRequired Reading and her debut novel, The Fiction Class, was published by Penguin.She is a member of New York Writers Workshop.
Tuesday, June 28, 7:00-8:30 pm. New York Writers Workshop presents: From the Page to the Stage with Lisa L. Kirchner
Learn how to transform your writing for oral presentations. Whether you've got a speech to give, a case to make or want to tell your stories to live audiences, this class will help you understand the differences between the written and spoken word. You'll come away with tips and tricks for making your story memorable. Lisa L. Kirchner is the author of the critically-acclaimed Hello American Lady Creature: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar (Greenpoint Press). She is a member of the New York Writers Workshop and the Florida Literary Arts Commission. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Budget Travel, Salon.com, and xoJane among numerous other outlets. In her past life she ran international marketing and PR campaigns for The Andy Warhol Museum, Ketchum and the Tribeca Film Festival. Her approach to working with clients includes general wellness, a healthy dose of humor and an insistence on movement. Her yoga has been featured on FOX News, BBC Radio, and DNAinfo, and Yahoo!Shine.
Lisa L. Kirchner