NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP @ ARTS ON SITE, 12 ST. MARK’S (3-F)

 

MONDAYS @ ST. MARK’S

Memoir Writing in The Age of Trump: The Art of Radical Truth-Telling

Date: Six Mondays—Mar 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Place: 12 St. Mark’s Place, Studio 3F

Instructor: Donna Minkowitz

Cost: $225

Register: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2886466

Memoir Writing in The Age of Trump: The Art of Radical Truth-Telling The art of memoir breaks the veil of polite half-truths we are normally encouraged to tell about our lives. In this workshop, we will use emotion, sensory details, critical thinking, and imagination to construct profound and relatable works about our actual experience. Students will get frequent feedback in a supportive atmosphere. You may either bring in a memoir project you are already working on, or use weekly, optional class assignments to spark your writing.

Donna Minkowitz has taught memoir writing since 1998 at the 92nd Street Y, The Kitchen, the JCC of Manhattan, and New York Writers Workshop. Her recent memoir Growing Up Golem was a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and for the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award, and her first memoir, Ferocious Romance, won a Lammy. A recipient of a Writers Omi fellowship and an Exceptional Merit Media Award, Minkowitz has also written for the New York Times Book Review, Salon, and The Nation.

 

Writing in Dark Times: Resistance and the 10-Minute Play

Date: Six Mondays—May 8, 15, 22, June 5, 12, 19

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Place: 12 St. Mark’s Place, Studio 3F

Instructor: Emma Goldman-Sherman

Cost: $225

Register: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2898601

Writing in Dark Times: Resistance and The 10-Minute Play Writers deal with resistance on a regular basis, making diving into our work problematic in the best of times, but in the dark times, we must learn to resist by pushing through our stumbling blocks to get the writing to happen! Theatre is our most social art, and there are calls far and wide for short plays that can address these dark times. Writing 10-minute plays is a way to use the 3-dimensional, social world to express our truths whether they are political, personal or both. It may be easy for some of us to march in the streets, but what happens when we face the empty page with all of our passions reawakened?  How can we put our frustrations, rage, fears and despair to good use in our writing? Through in-class exercises that free us from our own resistance, and optional homework assignments to keep our writing flowing, we will find better access to our creativity and spontaneity to write fun, fast, ferocious 10-minute plays -- you won't write just one!  

Individuals with all levels of writing experience and/or theatre experience are welcome.  Professional actors will read some of the plays during the final class.  

Emma Goldman-Sherman's work includes WombshotPerfect Women (Jane Chambers Award), and Sex & the Circus developed/produced at Culture Project, the New Ohio, E.S.T.'s LA Project, the Women's Project, Manhattan Theatre Source, Clemente Soto Velez, OAS, and many others. In April 2017 her work was featured at Dixon Place. Counting in Sha'ab was part of the ReOrient Festival of plays about the Middle East produced by Golden Thread. She was named a Risky Playwright by Cutting Ball Theatre two years in a row for Why Birds Fly and Abraham's Daughters which was recently presented as part of The Lady Liberty Festival at Urban Stages and at Intersections International. She earned her MFA from the University of Iowa where she studied theatre, poetry, and composition. A member of the Dramatists Guild, and of New York Writers Workshop, Emma is the Resident Dramaturg for the 29th Street Playwrights Collective. She runs the Write Now Workshop.  

  

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 ReviewCaribbean VistasLime 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.