New York Writers Workshop Pitch Conference: three days, three editors, three pitches, for writers of fiction, non-fiction, and YA. Writers pitch manuscripts or projects, complete or as close to complete as possible, to editors from major NYC publishing houses. Day Two begins with a panel discussion featuring agents from local literary agencies. For details, please see the NYWW Pitch Conference page.
AN EVENING WITH SOHO PRESS AND NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP @ RED ROOM
November 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.--85 East 4th Street (btw 2nd & 3rd Avenues, one flight above KGB Bar)
Join Soho Press and the New York Writers Workshop for an evening of readings at the KGB Bar and Red Room on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m.!
Dale Peck is the author of fourteen books in a variety of genres, including Visions and Revisions, Martin and John, Hatchet Jobs, and Sprout. His fiction and criticism have appeared in dozens of publications, and have earned him two O. Henry Awards, a Pushcart Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He lives in New York City, where he has taught in the New School’s Graduate Writing Program since 1999.
Dan Josefson has received a Whiting Award, a Fulbright research grant and a Schaeffer Award from the International Institute of Modern Letters. He has an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of That’s Not a Feeling. He lives in Brooklyn, and works at a book club for children’s literature.
Gina Apostol is the PEN/Open Award and two-time National Book Award (Phillipines) winning author of Gun Dealers’ Daughter, Bibliolepsy, and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and journals, including “The Gettysburg Review” and the Penguin anthology of Asian American fiction, Charlie Chan is Dead, Volume 2.
Hal Ackerman: Write Screenplays That Sell
The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome author Hal Ackerman to celebrate the 15th edition of his popular book, Write Screenplays That Sell – the Ackerman Way. Ackerman will discuss his methods and the art of screenwriting on Thursday, October 12th 2017 at 6pm. The discussion will be followed by a signing. Admission is free and open to the public.
You don’t have to attend film school to take a screenwriting course with the master teacher in the field – it’s all in his book! Meet Hal Ackerman, up close and personal, just as hundreds of his students have known him through the years. Hal Ackerman offers a treasure trove of information on the writing of quality, saleable screenplays by teaching the art of story structure, substance and style. Over the last quarter century, dozens of screenplays written in his classes have been sold and several have become films, including ones starring Tom Hanks (directed by Steven Spielberg), Gwyneth Paltrow, Christian Bale, Hilary Swank and Diane Lane. They have won accolades in many prestigious contests and have been the gateway scripts to writing jobs in feature films and TV including HBO, Showtime, TNT, OWN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Disney, and more. With this book every professional writer gets a lifetime collaborator and every aspiring writer has a teacher in residence on his or her shelf.
An accomplished screenwriter, playwright, novelist, author and educator, Hal Ackerman joined the faculty at the acclaimed UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television in 1985. He taught in the screenwriting program for thirty years, the last decade as Co-Area head. Ackerman has nurtured, mentored and collaborated with hundreds of aspiring screenwriting students, many of whom have gone on to successful, award-winning careers in the industry. Hal Ackerman is emeritus Co-Area Head of the UCLA Screenwriting program. His book has guided the careers of scores of successful writers. He has sold original material to all the major studio and networks. He has had numerous short stories published in literary journals. Belle & Melinda was selected by Robert Olen Butler as the World’s Best Short Short story for Southeast Review. TESTOSTERONE: How Prostate Cancer Made A Man of Me won the William Saroyan Centennial Prize for drama. Under its new title, PRICK, it won BEST SCRIPT at the 2011 United Solo Festival. Ackerman’s Roof Garden, published by Kindle, won the Warren Adler 2008 award for fiction. Alfalfa was included in the anthology I Wanna Be Sedated ... 30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers. He has also published two successful novels in a detective series about an aging counterculture P.I. Stein, Stoned, which won the Lovey award for best first novel in 2010. It was followed in 2011 by Stein, Stung.
The Drama Book Shop, currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary Year, is located at 250 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, or to browse the shop's online bookstore, visit www.dramabookshop.com.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event address: 250 w 40th Street NY NW
By Hal Ackerman
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tallfellow Press - September 10th, 2017
In this six-week online course, participants consider the ways that addiction has been written about in poetry, memoir, and fiction, then borrow premises and strategies to launch their own work. The first week looks at a number of angles on addiction. Weeks two through five trace an arc: early experiences, deeper involvement, bottoming out, getting out. We’ll see instances of tolerance, withdrawal, relapse, craving. We’ll look at a few examples that deal specifically with various steps of Twelve-Step recovery. In each section, participants will be asked to write their own accounts, based on the craft or the content (or both) of the samples under consideration. The sixth and final week will look at methods of revision, consolidation, and publication. Workshop critique guidelines will establish methods of manuscript analysis. Each participant will receive at least one extensive analysis from the instructor. By the end of the sessions, participants will have an overview of addiction as it’s appeared in prose and poetry, along with several drafts-in-progress (of prose or poetry), one or more of which might lead completed, publishable work. [Models for course work will derive from some of the following sources: Ann Marlowe, D. Watkins, Kim Addonizio, Solomon Jones, Mary Gaitskill, Robert Bingham, Emily Carter, Raymond Carver, Jeet Thayil, others.]
DATES Oct 6 – Nov 17: six online sessions
COST Early Bird $215 – now thru 9/15
General $245 – 9/15 on
Tim Tomlinson is co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing, and author of the poetry collections Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, and Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire. His collection of short fiction, This Is Not Happening to You, appears in Fall 2017. His work has been published in Australia, China, Singapore, the Philippines, and in many venues in the US, including the anthologies Long Island Noir (Akashic Books), and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press). He’s offered workshops and given talks at many international locations, recently including Guangzhou and Shanghai, China, Adelaide, Australia, and at the Philippines Consulate in New York City. He’s a certified yoga instructor, an avid scuba diver, and his past addresses include extended residencies in Shanghai, Manila, London, Florence, New Orleans, Boston, Miami, Andros Island, Bahamas, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, where he currently lives with his wife. He’s a member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators. He teaches writing workshops and hybrid seminars on addiction in NYU’s Global Liberal Studies program.
Ali Cobby Eckermann Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal poet Ali Cobby Eckermann is the author of seven books, including the verse novel Ruby Moonlight, the poetry collection Inside My Mother, and the memoir Too Afraid to Cry. In 2017 she was awarded Yale University’s Windham Campbell Prize in Poetry.
Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is a Liberian civil war survivor who immigrated to the United States with her family in 1991 during the fourteen year Liberian civil war. She is the author of five books of poetry: When the Wanderers Come Home, (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), Where the Road Turns (Autumn House Press, 2010), The River is Rising (Autumn House Press, 2007), Becoming Ebony, (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003) and Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa (New Issues Press, 1998). She is also the author of a children’s book, In Monrovia, the River Visits the Sea, (One Moore Books, 2012) Her poem, “One Day: Love Song for Divorced Women” was selected by US Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, as an American Life in Poetry June 13, 2011 featured poem. Patricia has won several awards and grants, including a 2016 WISE Women Award from Blair County, Pennsylvania, 2011 President’s Award from the Blair County NAACP, the 2010 Liberian Award for her poetry and her mentorship of young Liberians in the Diaspora, a Penn State University AESEDA Collaborative Grant for her research on Liberian Women's Trauma stories from the Civil War, a 2002 Crab Orchard Award for her second book of poems, a World Bank Fellowship, among others. Her poems have been nominated twice for the Pushcart Awards. Her individual poems and memoir articles have been anthologized and published in literary magazines in the US, in South America, Africa and Europe, and her work has been translated in Spanish and Finnish. Patricia holds a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. She is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State University’s Altoona campus.
A short story writer, novelist and memoirist, Roberta Allen is the author of nine books. Her latest is the story collection The Princess of Herself (Pelekinesis Press). Over 300 of her stories have been published in such magazines as Conjunctions, Guernica, Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail and The Collagist, among many others. She is also a conceptual artist in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum. www.robertaallen.com
Tim Tomlinson is 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 Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire (poetry), and This Is Not Happening to You (short fiction), which he’ll be launching at tonight’s reading. His work has appeared in Australia, China, Singapore, and the Philippines, and is anthologized in the Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Long Island Noir, and We Contain Multitudes: Twelve Years of Softblow. He teaches in the Global Liberal Studies Program, NYU.
Suzanne Maria Menghraj teaches writing and arts criticism in NYU's Liberal Studies program. She is currently at work on a collection of essays on art and wilderness, as well as experimental translations of French literary criticism and an Italian novel. A former contributing writer for Guernica, her essays have appeared or will soon appear in Flyway: A Journal of Writing and Environment, Writing on the Edge, and Punctuate. Suzanne lives in Brooklyn and grew up in the Bronx and in Queens. Her family hails from Trinidad, an island that often figures in her work.
Carley Moore is the author of 16 Pills, a collection of personal essays forthcoming from Tinderbox Editions in December 2017, Portal Poem, a poetry chapbook from Dancing Girl Press, and The Stalker Chronicles, a young adult novel published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2012. Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Brainchild, The Brooklyn Rail, The Establishment, GUTS, The Journal of Popular Culture, The Nervous Breakdown, and Public Books. She is a Clinical Professor of Writing in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University and a Senior Associate at Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking.
James Polchin’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming from The Smart Set, The New Inquiry, Painted Bride Quarterly, Lambda Literary Review, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, DUCTS and Brevity. He has taught writing at Princeton University, The American University in Washington, D.C., and the New School for Public Engagement. He is Clinical Professor in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University.
Stephen Policoff's 1st novel, BEAUTIFUL SOMEWHERE. ELSE, won the James Jones Award and was published by Caroll & Graf in 2004. His 2nd novel, COME AWAY, won the Dzanc Mid-Career Author Award and was published by Dzanc Books in 2014. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Provincetown Arts, Sunday Stories,and many other publications. He is Clinical Professor of Writing in Global Liberal Studies at NYU.
Stories Worth Telling: Rules for Writing Fiction
Tim Tomlinson moderates a panel with Dean Francis Alfar, Maria L.M. Fres-Felix, and VJ Campilan.
You've put time and effort and life lived into writing your non-fiction book. Now, to get it to the next level, you're going to need a book proposal. Whether or not you've completed your manuscript, understanding what goes into a book proposal is key. Your proposal is the marketing document that will introduce your idea to an agent, and ultimately a publisher. It's like a brochure for your book, with a fairly standard formula. Of course, you could look this formula up online and start typing, but in this course you'll get personal, constructive feedback on shaping yours. You'll come away with ideas for putting the strongest elements of your book forward.
As a marketing professional with more than 20 years' experience building national and international brands, I understand the strategy behind book proposals. As a published author and freelance writer, I also know first-hand how hard it is to market one's own work. In this class, I'll show you what those essential elements are, and we'll talk about your project in particular to help you create a clear idea of what your book is about in order to attract an agent.
As a freelance journalist, Lisa L. Kirchner placed essays, articles, and stories with outlets such as The Washington Post, Salon.com, xoJane.com, Budget Travel, and The New York Post among numerous others. In her day job she led marketing efforts for The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Tribeca Film Festival. That experience enabled her to craft a book proposal and a plan that resulted in the publication of her book, Hello American Lady Creature (Greenpoint Press), as well as features on FOX! News, NPR stations, BBC Radio, Glamour, Yahoo! Shine, and Bustle, to name a few. More at LisaLKirchner.
To Register: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3048108
Person, Place, Poem is a six-week online workshop in poetry. Those new to poetry will learn some craft and generate some poems, while experienced poets will pick up a few new tricks and work a few muscles. Along the way we'll look at previously published work by a range of contemporary poets, which might include Kim Addonizio, Mahogany Browne, Nick Flynn, Jason Koo, Terrance Hayes, Dorianne Laux, others, along with poetry from around the globe, across the spectrum, and/or in the “canon.” We’ll consider setting, persona, voice, music, truth, image, presence, the line, and forms (sonnet, haiku, the abecedarian, odes, free verse). Each week, participants are given optional exercises to try and to post; the group offers feedback, and the instructor offers substantive critique*. By the end of the sessions, each participant will have attempted at least a dozen exercises, and generated at least a half-dozen drafts of new poems.
*The number of instructor critiques depends upon enrollment.
Registration: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2995724 (hot link this)
Early Bird: $190 / After June 24: $215
Tim Tomlinson is the author of Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, about which poet/critic Robert Kramer wrote: “…the overall tone [is] sparse, restrained, laconic, hard-boiled, skeptical, ironic. Even in the portrayal of what would seem to be deeply emotional situations, an atmosphere of ‘cool’ prevails” (American Book Review, Jan/Feb 2017). Tomlinson is also the author of This Is Not Happening to You, a collection of short fiction (due Sept 2017), Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, and co-author of The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. His work has been published in Australia, China, India, the Philippines, Singapore, and throughout the US, and is anthologized in We Contain Multitudes: Twelve Years of Softblow, The Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Eternal Snow, and in the forthcoming Lofi Poetry Poets Responding to the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. He is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and a professor in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies Program.
Sunday, June 04, 2017, 2-6 pm, $95
Arts on Site, 12 St. Mark’s Place, Studio 3F
Jee Leong Koh is the author of Steep Tea (Carcanet), named a Best Book of 2015 by UK’s Financial Times and a Finalist by Lambda Literary in 2016. He has work featured as Poem of the Week by The Guardian and Split This Rock, and selected for the Best New Poets and Bettering American Poetry anthologies. For this 4-hour intensive, he will lead the group discussion and give his comments on poems submitted by participants. The focus is on understanding a poem’s true subject and giving it an imperishable form.
Instructor: Jee Leong Koh
Poem & Process: a Workshop in Vision and Revision In this intensive, the award-winning author of Steep Tea will lead the discussion of participants’ poems in a workshop that digs deep into the process of revision.
Jee Leong Koh is the author of Steep Tea (Carcanet), named a Best Book of 2015 by UKs Financial Times and a Finalist by Lambda Literary in 2016. His work has been featured as Poem of the Week by The Guardian and Split This Rock, and selected for the Best New Poets and Bettering American Poetry anthologies. For this 4-hour intensive, he will lead the group discussion and give his comments on poems submitted by participants. The focus is on understanding a poems true subject and giving it an imperishable form. Participants will submit three original poems at least a week before the intensive.
MAY 25th, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. at THE ELINOR BUNIN
MUNROE FILM CENTER at LINCOLN CENTER, 144 West 65th Street.
COME FOR WINE, CHEESE AND ENTERTAINMENT; COME TO SEE
FRIENDS; COME TO BID ON COOL STUFF; COME TO SUPPORT THE
WONDERFUL WORK OF NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP.
$25 tax-deductible donation for admission and raffle ticket;
$50 tax-deductible donation for admission, raffle ticket, tote stuffed with goodies and more.
For more info and to buy tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2936098
The Focus NYC stands as bedrock and metaphor. It has become emblematic of motion, progression, controlled chaos, the height of culture, and exchange of ideas. But it also amplifies all that does and does not work in The United States. If this city represents not only urban centers across the country, but also the individual as they understand themselves as part and whole, how can we pull from the exchange of tangible and intangible made real? How can we harness the prosody of a city street and transfer it to our poetry and prose writing? How can we move down the page as the One Train barreling under Broadway?
The Route From synapse to street corner, we vacillate between moments of intense connection and isolation [the individual as the collective : micro as macro]. This is true of many places where people meet, around the globe, to exchange ideas. Each time we are pulled within, then tugged out, we are witnessing the writing mind in action. By reading New York City poetry from the Industrial Revolution right up to today, we will learn how poets have drawn and continue to draw from individuality in order to connect with collective determination on the page. The poetry may be physically housed within city limits, but it reaches out and across humanity. Each week will be an opportunity create new work, mimic the forms and content that resonate with us, and connect with other poets doing this work right alongside us.
The Means In this non-traditional workshop, we will each be challenged to think outside of our comfort zones and trust our creative impulses. The artist in you will be respected and nurtured here. I seek only to move you further along the trajectory you have set for yourself-- I am not here to criticize your content, influence your creative impetus, or steer you down "traditional routes." If you would like help setting a creative trajectory, we can work together to identify the sonic impulses you return to and the quiet themes emerging in your work. I look forward to spending this time with you and showing you around the real and imagined city my family has called home for six generations.
The Instructor Jen Fitzgerald is a poet, essayist, photographer, and a native New Yorker who received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University and her BA in Writing at The College of Staten Island (CUNY). She is the host of New Books in Poetry Podcast, a member of New York Writers Workshop, and was a Bread Loaf 2014 Conference participant. She teaches creative writing workshops online and around NYC. Her first collection of poetry, The Art of Work was published by Noemi Press in September of 2016. Her essays, poetry, and photography have appeared in such outlets as PBS Newshour, Boston Review, Tin House, Salon, PEN Anthology, Colorado Review, Harriet: The Poetry Foundation Blog, Best American Poetry Blog, among others. She now divides her time between N.Y.C. and D.C. where she is at work on a few exciting projects and collaborations.
Instructor: Loren Kleinman
Borderline Poetry: Writing the Prose Poem Prose poetry is often considered the gateway drug to writing poems. It’s the best of both worlds, bordering on fiction and poetry, nonfiction and fiction, memoir and poetry. Of all the forms, prose poems allow the writer to experiment with language by retracing or tracing consciousness that the reader will encounter line by line in paragraph form. Often lyrical in tone, the prose poem forces the writer and the reader into its structural prosaic space, unraveling a complex narrative. In this workshop, we’ll explore how the form functions, how to revise it, and how to build prose poems into lyrical narratives.
LOREN KLEINMAN is an American-born poet and writer with roots in New Jersey. Her writing explores the results of love and loss, and how both themes affect an individual’s internal and external voice. Her poetry appeared in The New York Times, Drunken Boat, The Moth, Domestic Cherry, Blue Lake Review, Columbia Journal, Stony Thursday Anthology (Arts Council Ireland) LEVURE LITTÉRAIRE, Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Narrative Northeast, Writer’s Bloc, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review (PLR), Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. She was the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize (2003), was a 2000, 2003, and 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee, and was a 2004 Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Prize finalist for poetry.Her collection of poetry include Flamenco Sketches, The Dark Cave Between My Ribs, Breakable Things and Stay with Me Awhile. Her debut novel, This Way to Forever released with Evatopia Press late August 2016. She recently finished a memoir The Woman with a Million Hearts published by BlazeVOX, and is currently working on a screenplay called Self, Help. She is the co-founder of National Translation Month, a month-long celebration of writing in translation during the month of September.
You have a powerful story to tell, the task before you is to make it a book. Whether you've taken an incredible journey or want to share an utterly conventional life, your readers will be captivated if the story is well told. In this class we'll discuss tips and techniques, practice what we learn from master memoiristsand each otherand come to understand how our work fits in the marketplace. Whether you're just starting your book or revising for publication, youll find resources and assignments to support your project. Your life holds many tales, but the job of the memoirist is to distill the essential details into a captivating story.
You'll come away with a solid description of your book, finished chapter material, some basic marketing materials. You'll also receive a full electronic package of all course materials. When course ends, you'll remain within the NYWW online community.
Lisa L. Kirchner
Lisa L. Kirchner is the author of the critically-acclaimed Hello American Lady Creature: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar. Her work has been featured on NBC, FOX News, NPR and BBC Radio stations. Her writing has appeared in book anthologies, magazines & newspapers including The Washington Post, New York Times and Salon.com. At one time she was simultaneously the dating columnist for an alternative newsweekly, bridal editor for a society rag and the religion reporter for a gay and lesbian newspaper. She hosts the storytelling show, True Stories. More at www.LisaLKirchner.com.
Everyone has a book in them, so they say. Over the course of six weeks, Irish novelist Yvonne Cassidy will introduce you to the tools in a writer's toolbox to help you tell yours. Whether you're a complete beginner or have written before, this class will provide a fun and supportive environment where you can write that story you've always wanted!
Six Tuesday evenings: May 9, 16, 23, June 6, 13, 20 (no classes May 30)
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Novelist Yvonne Cassidy moved to New York from her native Ireland in 2011. The author of three acclaimed novelsThe Other Boy, What Might Have Been Me and How Many Letters Are in Goodbye? Yvonne has been widely published in Europe and will be published in the US in March 2016. Yvonne has taught fiction extensively both in Ireland and the US for organizations including The Irish Times, New York Public Library, The Irish Arts Center, Andrew Glover Youth Program and Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen where she currently heads up the creative writing program for homeless and other marginalized writers. Working with new writers to help them find and develop their writing voice is something Yvonne is passionate about and she also works one to one in a mentoring capacity as a writing coach. Yvonne is a member of New York Writers Workshop and has taken part in many writing festivals and events in Ireland and the US. She is currently working on her fourth novel. For latest information on readings and book events visit: http://www.yvonnecassidy.com or follow her on Twitter @YvonneCassidyNY. She is currently working on her fourth novel.
Instructor: Rachel Sherman
One Day Fiction Workshop Do you have a story to tell? Rachel Sherman, celebrated novelist (Living Room, Open City Books) short story writer (The First Hurt, Open City Books), and teacher (New York Writers Workshop, Ditmas Writing Workshops), leads a one-day, four-hour intensive in fiction, focused on developing voice, and shaping story. Exercises, sharing, critique, in a creative, constructive, sensitive atmosphere.Jee Leong-Koh will do a poetry intensive, Sunday, June 4, 2 - 6.
Rachel Sherman holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Open City, Conjunctions, and n+1, among other publications. Her first book, The First Hurt, was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. Her first novel, Living Room (2009) was called “...edgy, moving, smart, funny, and altogether human,” by author Dani Shapiro, and was commended for its “…perfect pacing…” by The New York Times Book Review. She teaches writing at Rutgers, Columbia and Fairleigh Dickinson Universities, and leads the Ditmas Writing Workshops. Rachel is a member of the New York Writers Workshop.
New York Writers Workshop presents Sundays @ St. Mark's: Kick Starting Stories (and taking them around the block), with Tim Tomlinson
Kick Starting Stories (and taking them around the block) is a workshop intensive in narrative prose, drawing on and working with fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction. The workshop opens with generative exercises designed to get stories going. Follow-up exercises explore possibilities for progressive complications in both character and story. The final hour concerns the problems of follow-through and satisfying ending, with exercises in each. Participants will take away several drafts and many ideas for developing successful prose narratives.
Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. Other publications include the chapbook, Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, the poetry collection, Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, and the forthcoming collection of short fiction, This Is Not Happening to You (Fall 2017). His poems, essays, and short fiction have appeared in numerous US venues, as well as in Australia, China, Singapore, and the Philippines. He resides in New York City, where he teaches in NYU's Global Liberal Studies program.
DATE: Sunday, May 7, 2017
TIME: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
PLACE: 12 St. Mark's Place, 3F
Featured readers from the anthology include Laura Eve Engel, Robert Gibbons, Donna Hunt, Sheila Maldonado, Tommy Pico, Tom Sleigh, Tim Tomlinson and Yun Wei.
The Red Room is a speakeasy-style club on the 3rd floor of KGB, the legendary East Village literary bar. 85 E. 4th Street, NY, NY, 10003. Nearby train stops include the Bleeker St 4/6, the 2nd Ave F, the Broadway-Lafayette B/D/F/M, the Prince St N/Q/R/W and the 1st Ave L.
Laura Eve Engel is the author of Things That Go, forthcoming from Octopus Books in 2018. A recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, her work can be found in Boston Review, PEN America, Tin House and elsewhere.
Robert Gibbons is the recipient of a 2016 Norman Mailer Poetry Fellowship. He has been published in About Place Journal, Fruita Pulp, Hyperallergic, Promethean, Suisun Valley Review, and as a Brooklyn Poets “Poet of the Week.” His first collection, Close to the Tree, was published in 2012 by Three Rooms Press.
Donna Hunt was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, which gave her a great love for both Lake Erie and the Cleveland Indians. Her chapbook The Coastline of Antarctica was published by Finishing Line Press. She has received grants and fellowships including a four-week Full Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. Donna currently lives, writes, and teaches in Brooklyn.
Sheila Maldonado is the author of the poetry collection one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011). Her second publication, that's what you get, is forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts Press. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a Creative Capital awardee as part of desveladas, a visual writing collective. She lives in uptown Manhattan, where she is working on an ongoing project about a lifelong obsession with the ancient Maya.
Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL (Birds LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (Tin House Books, 2017), and Junk (Tin House Books, forthcoming 2018). Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn, where he co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker at the Ace Hotel, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub.
Tom Sleigh's many books include Station Zed, Army Cats (John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters), and Space Walk (Kingsley Tufts Award). He's received the PSA's Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim, two NEAs, and many other awards. In 2018, Graywolf will simultaneously publish his book of essays The Land Between Two Rivers: Poetry in an Age of Refugees and his book of poems House of Fact, House of Ruin. He teaches at Hunter College and works as a journalist in the Middle East and Africa.
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, and the poetry collection Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire. In the fall of 2017, his collection of short fiction This Is Not Happening to You will appear. He is a member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators and teaches in the Global Liberal Studies program at New York University.
Yun Wei received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College and a bachelor’s in international relations from Georgetown University. Her writing awards include the Geneva Literary Prize in both fiction and poetry and the Himan Brown Poetry Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in decomP Magazine, Roanoke Review, apt, Word Riot, the Brooklyn Review and other journals. For the last few years, she worked on global health in Switzerland, where she consistently failed at mountain sports. Currently in Brooklyn, she is working on her first novel.
Thu, May 04 - Thu, Jun 08
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
$250 members / $288 public
Working on a novel or series of short stories? This workshop offers rigorous yet sensitive critique, every-other-week deadlines, and lively discussions about the elements of fiction. Work is read in advance of class for discussion.
Instructor's approval required prior to registration. Please send 5-10 pages to Maureen Brady at email@example.com. Once approved, call 646.505.5708 to register.
Maureen Brady, author of 7 books, including 3 novels and a collection of short stories, including Ginger's Fire and Folly, is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and teaches there as well as NYU and the Peripatetic Writing Workshop. Her stories have been published in Bellevue Literary Review, Sinister Wisdom, and many other literary magazines and anthologies. Her short story, "Basketball Fever," won the 2015 Saints and Sinners short story contest.
Over six sessions, covering Entry Points, Character, Setting, Plot, Scene/Summary/ Dialogue, and Revision, participants will do exercises in critical craft functions of narrative prose, critique manuscripts of their peers, and submit their own at least once for assessment by peers and the instructor. Once registered, participants will be welcomed onto the course shell, hosted by Wet.Ink. When course ends, participants will remain within the NYWW online community, and will receive a full electronic package of all course materials. The course will cultivate the talent and enrich the skills of participants at whatever level, and it will do so in a nurturing, sensitive environment. By course's end, participants will have over a half-dozen new pieces and over a dozen techniques with which to continue the work started in the sessions.
Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. Other publications include the chapbook, Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, the poetry collection, Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, and the forthcoming collection of short fiction, This Is Not Happening to You (Fall 2017). His poems, essays, and short fiction have appeared in numerous US venues, as well as in Australia, China, and the Philippines. He resides in New York City, where he teaches in NYU's Global Liberal Studies program. He is excited to lead New York Writers Workshop into the online-workshop world.
Dates: April 28 – June 2
New York Writers Workshop @ Red Room Reading Series
1st Thursday of each month, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Thursday, April 6, 7:00 PM
Ailish Hopper, Sheila Kohler, Philip McLaren, Yuyutsu Sharma
Ailish Hopper is the author of Dark~Sky Society (2014), selected by David St. John as runner up for the New Issues prize, and the chapbook Bird in the Head (2005), selected by Jean Valentine for the Center for Book Arts Prize. Individual poems have appeared in Agni, APR, Blackbird, Harvard Review Online, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tidal Basin Review, and other places. In addition to page poetry, she performed with the band Heroes are Gang Leaders, along with poets Thomas Sayers Ellis and Randall Horton, and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. Her essays on art and literature that deal with race and art have appeared in Boston Review, The Volta, and the anthology, A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race, as well as other places. She has received support from the Baltimore Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the MacDowell Colony, Maryland State Arts Council, and Yaddo. She teaches in the Creative Writing and Peace Studies programs at Goucher College.
Sheila Kohler is the author of ten novels, three volumes of short fiction, a memoir, and many essays. Her most recent novel is Dreaming for Freud, (Penguin) based on the Dora case. Her memoir Once We Were Sisters is just out with Penguin as well as Canongate in England. She has won numerous prizes including the O.Henry twice and been included in Best American Short Stories most recently in 2013. Her work has been published in thirteen countries. She has taught at Columbia, Sarah Lawrence, Bennington and atPrinceton since 2007. Her novel, Cracks was made into a film with directors Jordan and Ridley Scott with Eva Green playing Miss G. You can find her blog at Psychology Today under Dreaming for Freud.
Philip McLaren is a Kamilaroi man, and both his parents are Kamilaroi from Coonabarabran in the Warrumbungle Mountain region of New South Wales, Australia. His first novel, Sweet Water - Stolen Land (University of Queensland Press, 1993; revised edition Magabala Books, 2001) won the David Unaipon Award for Black Literature. Scream Black Murder (HarperCollins, 1995; revised edition Magabala Books, 2001), was short-listed for a Ned Kelly Crime Writers' Award.Lightning Mine (HarperCollins, 1999), There’ll be New Dreams (Magabala Books, 2001), and Utopia (2007) followed. Philip has participated in four Creative Writing tours to outback Aboriginal communities. He has delivered numerous lectures and readings including those for University of Alberta; University of Sydney; University of Technology Sydney; University of Wollongong; National Library of Australia, Canberra; Brisbane Writers Festival; Melbourne Writers Festival; Adelaide Writers’ Festival; Sydney Writers’ Festival; Sydney Writers’ Centre Spring Festival; Byron Bay Writers Festival; New Zealand’s inaugural Toi Maori Festival; the inaugural Salon International du Livre Océanien in New Caledonia; and was invited by the Goethe-Institut to speak at their inaugural Writers’ Festival at the Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt in Berlin, and more. His work has been translated into French and distributed throughout France, Switzerland, Belgium, Quebec-Canada, Polynesia and Africa. It is also translated into German.
Yuyutsu Sharma Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator. He was born at Nakodar, Punjab, and moved to Nepal at an early age. He has published eight poetry collections including, Milarepa’s Bones, Helambu, 2012, Annapurnas and Stains of Blood: Life Travels and Writing on a Page of Snow (Nirala Publications, New Delhi) and Nepal Trilogy, (Epsilonmedia, Germany) with German photographer Andreas Stimm and edited and translated several anthologies of Nepali poetry into English. Yuyutsu’s own work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Spanish and Dutch. Yuyutsu lives in Kathmandu where he edits Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing. Half the year, he travels all over the world to read his works but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.
Coming May 4: release celebration of Brooklyn Poets Anthology, w/Jason Koo and others
Red Room: 85 East 4th Street, 3rd Fl (one flight above KGB Bar)
Place: 12 St. Mark’s Place, Studio 3F
Instructor: Maureen Brady
Writing Your Worst First Draft Are you being held back by a voice that tries to tell you not to start until you have the perfect first sentence, know the end of your story, or fully understand the motives of your characters? This workshop will springboard you into your story with a series of writing exercises designed to pull out the bare bones of your narrative and bring your characters to life.
Maureen Brady is the author of the novels Ginger's Fire , Folly, and Give Me Your Good Ear, the short stories, The Question She Put to Herself, and three books of nonfiction. Recent short stories "Billy's Mark" appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review; "Five 'n Dime" in the anthology, Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta; and "Joy Suit," in Sinister Wisdom (nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize). Other work has appeared in Cabbage and Bones: Irish American Women's Fiction, Mom, In the Family and Intersections: An Anthology of Banff Writers, as well as many other anthologies and literary journals. She teaches creative writing at New York University, New York Writers Workshop, The Peripatetic Writing Workshops in Guatemala and Anna Maria Island, Florida, and Il Chiostro in Italy. She currently serves as Board President of The Money for Women: Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and was a co-founder of Spinsters Ink and New York Writers Workshop. She lives in New York City and the Catskills and her latest novel, Getaway, is available for submission by her agent.