New York Writers Workshop Online returns Fall 2019.
On October 21, New York Writers Workshop Online returns with three NYWW staples, Robert Anasi’s* The Personal Essay, Ravi Shankar’s Write from Inception to Publication, and Tim Tomlinson’s Developing Narrative Prose. In addition, we introduce the maiden voyage of screenwriting legend Hal Ackerman and his six-week screenwriting module, Writing the First Draft.
Registration, via Brown Paper Tickets, will open on Friday, August 23.
We hope you’ll join us for another round of challenging, stimulating, productive online sessions.
*that wild man steadying the chopper is our own Robert Anasi, a long way from the sidewalks of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and apparently enjoying it.
NYWW recommends the Kauai Writers Conference
“After the phenomenal success of the 2018 Kauai Writers Conference, we surveyed all attendees to ask how they liked the event. The great majority gave it five stars out of five (average rating 4.5.)
So what did folks who found room for improvement want to see changed? The number one request was for more workshops on craft. We’ve taken this to heart. This year, we will offer an expanded slate of master classes focusing on specific aspects of craft.”
MASTER CLASSES The Art of Short Story w/
and many others.
NYWW Members get 20% discount—write us at email@example.com for code
New York Writers Workshop is thrilled to offer our first immersion excursion on the magical island of Sardinia.
New York Writers Workshop leads a seven-day immersion in Sardinia, hosted by local writer Ciriaco Offedu, blending Sardinian culture with NYWW workshops led by poet/writers Ravi Shankar (The Many Uses of Mint) and Tim Tomlinson (This Is Not Happening to You). Open to writers of all levels, the trip will include all (delicious!) meals, accommodations on the island, local transportation, event excursions and tuition for writing and translation workshops. We plan to have some of Italy's best writers and translators visit and we will spend time visiting galleries and wineries, eating gourmet meals, reading and writing, and privately touring Grazia Deledda's house (the first Italian woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature). Details are here and spaces are very limited, especially because the stay will be heavily subsidized and represents a great chance to visit a part of Italy you might not have seen.
NEWSFLASH (July 23): Forrest Gander, Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 2019, joins the NYWW Sardinia staff.
Forrest Gander, a writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature, was born in the Mojave Desert, grew up in Virginia, and taught at Harvard and, for many years, Brown University. Among Gander’s most recent books are Be With, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize, the novel The Trace, and Eiko & Koma. Gander’s recent translations include Alice Iris Red Horse: Poems by Gozo Yoshimasu and, with Patricio Ferrari, The Galloping Hour: French Poems of Alejandra Pizarnik. He has a history of collaborating with artists such as Ann Hamilton, Sally Mann, Graciela Iturbide, and Vic Chesnutt. The recipient of grants from the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim, Howard, Whiting and United States Artists Foundations, Gander lives in northern California.
UPDATE: Poets/translators Moira Egan and Damiano Abeni will participate in the immersion.
Damiano Abeni, MD, MPH, is an epidemiologist who has been translating American poetry into Italian since 1973. He has been a Literature Fellow at the Liguria Study Center of the Bogliasco Foundation, a Director’s Guest at the Civitella Ranieri Center, a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, and a Writer in Residence at the James Merrill House. He has published more than fifty books in translation in Italy, by authors including Frank Bidart, Elizabeth Bishop, Lewis Carroll, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Edward Lear, Jack London, Mark Strand, Charles Simic, and C.K. Williams.
Moira Egan has published eight volumes of poetry (five in the U.S.; three in Italy); the most recent of these are Synæsthesium (The New Criterion Poetry Prize, 2017) and Olfactorium (Italic PeQuod, 2018). Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies on four continents. She was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has held writing fellowships at the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Malta; the Civitella Ranieri Center; the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center; and the James Merrill House.
Together, Abeni and Egan have published volumes in translation in Italy by authors including John Ashbery, John Barth, Aimee Bender, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Anthony Hecht, Ben Lerner, Charles Simic, Mark Strand, Ocean Vuong, and Charles Wright. Their translation of Ashbery’s Un mondo che non può essere migliore: Poesie scelte 1956-2007) won a Special Prize from the Premio Napoli (2009); their translation of Mark Strand’s L'uomo che cammina un passo avanti al buio won the Premio di Poesia La Torre dell’Orologio (2011); and, most recently, their translation of Italia by Charles Wright won the Benno Geiger Translation Prize from the Fondazione Cini in Venice.
Dates: January 13 – 20, 2020
Location: Sardinia, Italy
The immersion will include daily workshops in
and daily visits to local cultural sites led by Sardinian/Italian poets, writers, artists, and guides. Read about the kinds of meals we’ll be having here, here, and here. Read about the kinds of discussions we’ll be having here, here, and here. Read some of Ravi’s work here, here, and here. Read some of Tim’s work here, here, and here. Read about our fabulous accommodations here*. Read about Sardinian literature here, and here. And read about Ciriaco Offedu, our host, here.
Deposit: $250 (refundable until Sept 15 minus a 10% handling; after Sept 15 minus a 25% handling fee).
Cost: $1,345 Early Bird price until August 15, 2019 (includes workshops, most meals, all local cultural excursions, local transportation & events, and accommodations). $1,495 after Aug 15, 2019.
Refund policy: Early Bird & General fees fully refundable minus a 10% handling until Oct 15; minus a 25% handling fee until Nov 15; minus a 50% handling fee until Dec 15th.
Space is limited. Reserve early (and save!).
*We may add a second hotel. No accommodations will be any less splendid than Bidderosa.
MEET THE WINNERS
Congratulations to Cristina Correa, the winner of the 2019 New York Writers Workshop full writers fellowship, and congratulazioni to Heather Altfeld, Lisa del Rosso, Kelly Hevel & Kortney Morrow, the finalists for the NYWW inaugural immersive writing workshop in Sardinia (January 13th to January 20th, 2020). Spaces are still available for this seven-day immersion in Sardinia, hosted by local writer Ciriaco Offedu, blending Sardinian culture with NYWW workshops led by poet/writers Ravi Shankar (The Many Uses of Mint) and Tim Tomlinson (This Is Not Happening to You), Moira Egan (Synæsthesium), translator Damino Abeni, and 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner Forrest Gander.
Cristina Correa (above left) holds an MFA from Cornell University where she now teaches English. She has been published by journals including The Missouri Review, TriQuarterly, Diálogo, and Western Humanities Review. Her poem “Reflection from a Bridge” was selected by Tracy K. Smith for the 2015 Best New Poets anthology. Correa has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Hedgebrook, and the Whiting Foundation.
Kelly Hevel (above 2nd from right) is an American who lives and writes in Istanbul, Turkey, a place which inspires and frustrates her daily. Her writing explores the universal humanity and motivations that drive us all and, in contrast, how our particular place on this earth in this particular time shapes us in ways that are indecipherable to outsiders and often invisible to those affected.
Kortney Morrow (above center) is an MFA candidate in poetry at Ohio State University and serves as the reviews and interviews editor for The Journal. Her work has been featured in the O, Miami Poetry Festival, MACK by Raptor Editing, and Louisiana Cultural Vistas. She has worked extensively with the 826 National Network, helping to open their first writing center in the south—826 New Orleans.
Heather Altfeld (above 2nd from left) is a poet and essayist. Her two books of poetry are “Post-Mortem” (forthcoming Spring 2020) and “The Disappearing Theatre” (2016) and she is at work on a book of essays. Her work is featured or forthcoming in the 2019 Best American Essays, Orion Magazine, Conjunctions, Narrative Magazine, Aeon Magazine, and other literary magazines. She lives in Northern California where she teaches Humanities courses at CSU Chico.
Lisa del Rosso (above right) originally trained as a classical singer and completed a post-graduate degree at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), living and performing in London before moving to New York City. She is the author of the memoir, Confessions of an Accidental Professor. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Literary Traveler, Serving House Journal, Barking Sycamores Neurodivergent Literature, Razor’s Edge Literary Magazine, The Huffington Post, Time Out New York, Sowing Creek Press and One Magazine (UK), for whom she writes theater reviews. She teaches writing at NYU (New York University).
NYWW @ RED ROOM’s First Thursdays reading series takes a holiday on July 4. We’ll swirl some sparklers, set off a few well-placed M-80s, and think about how we might spread some light in these benighted times. We’ll return in August with a stellar line-up hosted by Ravi Shankar. See you Thursday, August 1. Till then, explode with caution!
#YEAH YOU WRITE: Tim Tomlinson, Scott Edward Anderson, Rabeah Ghaffari, and Juliet Lapidos @ Bo's Kitchen & Bar Room
Scott Edward Anderson is the author of Dwelling: An Ecopoem, Fallow Field, and Walks in Nature’s Empire.
Rabeah Ghaffari is the author of To Keep the Sun Alive.
Juliet Lapidos is the author of Talent.
Tim Tomlinson is the author of This Is Not Happening to You, Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, and Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse.
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.
Tim Tomlinson is the author of two books of poetry, Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse (a chapbook in the voices of survivors of super-typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines), and Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, a collection suffused with “a Whitmanesque sense of acceptance and openness as well as an ultimate skepticism” (American Book Review). His most recent book, the story collection This Is Not Happening to You, has been likened to “licking something sharp from a very sharp knife” (TEXT). His work has been published in Australia, China, India, the Philippines, Singapore, and in numerous US venues. Forthcoming work will appear in anthologies dedicated to the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, and to stories by Italian-American writers. Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and a professor in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies. Originally from Suffolk County, Long Island, he now lives in Brooklyn.
Pat Falk is Professor Emeritus at SUNY Nassau. She’s the author of In the Shape of a Woman, Crazy Jane and the forthcoming A Common Violence; the literary memoir, It Happens As We Speak: A Feminist Poetics; and her edited anthology Sightings: Poems on Discovery. The American Book Review calls her writing “visionary” and “uplifting,” saying she has created “a new language.” Wheelhouse calls her “a truly unique and honest voice in American poetry.” Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Thirteenth Moon, The Mickle Street Review, and Women Artists News. Her research and activism concern human rights, global ecology, and the integrity of all life in industrial and institutional settings. She's received awards from Creative Non-Fiction, National League of American Pen Women, The National Writer's Voice Project, Many Mountains Moving, Black Bear Review, and the Pushcart Press, among others. Originally from Queens, she lives on the south shore of Long Island.
Visit her website at patfalk.net
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About the conveners: Dr. Carmen Bugan is an award-winning memoirist, poet, and critic whose work has received international praise. Her books are: Crossing the Carpathians, The House of Straw, Releasing the Porcelain Birds: Poems after Surveillance, Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police, and Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile. Pramila Venkateswaran, poet laureate of Suffolk County 2013-15, is the author of Thirtha, Behind Dark Waters, and most recently, The Singer of Alleppey. She teaches at SUNY Nassau.
New Paltz Beacon Ellenville
Friday: February 1, 2019 7:30pm
Featured Poets: Susan Konz & Tim Tomlinson
Roost Studios, 69 Main Street, New Paltz, NY
Refreshments available! Open mic!
$5.00 $3 CAPS/Roost members/Students/Seniors
New Paltz, NY – As we have every month for 20 years, Calling All Poets welcomes poets and patrons throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC, Albany, and the tri-state area to our First Friday Readings. Our diverse community of voices and open, democratic forum provide novice and veteran poets alike a creative atmosphere to exercise their voices and listen to their peers.
Celebrating our 20th Anniversary as the Hudson Valley’s longest running poetry performance series, Calling All Poets invites one and all to our regularly scheduled First Friday reading, this month featuring Susan Konz & Tim Tomlinson.
Susan Konz holds an MFA from Hunter College and her first book, Second Sleep, was published in 2016 (Lion Autumn Publishing) Her poems have appeared in publications such as Waymark I Want You to See This Before I Leave zine as well as the CAPS 2015 Poetry Anthology (CAPS Press) She sometimes wonders whether she is, in fact, waking or dreaming.
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, the poetry collection Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, and the collection of short fiction, This Is Not Happening to You. His work has been published globally, and he runs workshops in poetry and prose in New York as well as Australia, China, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Tim’s a certified yoga instructor, an avid scuba diver, and sits on the Advisory Board of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators, and Whatabook (India). He’s been teaching in NYU’s Global Liberal Studies since the early 1990s and lives in Brooklyn with his wife.
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Co-founder of the award-winning independent publisher SOHO Press, Laura Hruska was also an attorney and novelist who published under her maiden name, Laura Chapman. A lifelong lover of books and story, Laura discovered talented writers who have gone on to have long and productive careers, including MacArthur Fellow Edwidge Danticat and best-selling mystery writers Cara Black and Jacqueline Winspear, to name a few. The Laura Hruska Fellowship is open to writers of literary fiction, mystery fiction or young adult fiction. The winner will be chosen based on a combination of a strong voice, compelling story and quality writing. Please submit thirty to fifty pages of your novel, a rough synopsis and a list of any writing awards, citations, credits or residencies, as well as up-to-date contact information for three references who can talk about you and your work. Deadline to apply: September 1, 2018. Mail your application materials, along with a cover letter explaining why you think you would be a good fit for a Wellstone Center in the Redwoods residency, to firstname.lastname@example.org and please put “Hruska Fellowship” in the subject heading. The fellow will come to the Wellstone Center for two weeks in October, November or early 2019, the specific dates to be determined.
Located at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, run by Sarah Ringler and best-selling author Steve Kettmann, the fellowship provides a room and evening meals for the selected writer for fourteen days, starting on a Monday. The writer can also participate in Wellstone offerings, including weekly yoga; our low-key Tuesday night open readings; and a Wednesday morning nature hike on the private trails extending back behind the Center into the Santa Cruz Mountains. The fellow will also receive a half-hour consultation with current Soho Press Publisher Bronwen Hruska – not a detailed manuscript discussion, but a chance to ask general questions, either in person or on the phone, depending on availability.
Writing residencies can jump-start a writer to make dramatic progress. The Wellstone Center in the Redwoods offers immersion in an environment of spectacular beauty sure to inspire any writer not only to find new directions to make progress with a writing project, but also a chance to escape the distractions of normal day-to-day life. The resident writers will stay in the Zen Suite, with a balcony looking down on the forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains and, in the distance, Monterey Bay, and a rear exit toward a grove of redwoods.
ABOUT THE WELLSTONE CENTER
Founded in 2012 by Sarah Ringler and Steve Kettmann, the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods writers’ retreat center was named to San Francisco Magazine‘s 2013 “Best of the Bay” issue and has been extolled in the San Jose Mercury News as “kind of like heaven” for writers, and in the San Francisco Chronicle as a “the kind of place where inspiration seems to just hang in the air, waiting to be inhaled,” and also featured in the Wall Street Journal and Good Times. Our books, published through our Wellstone Books imprint, have attracted attention at the New Yorker and in The New York Times.
Join poet Kim Addonizio for a two week writer's retreat in Umbria, Italy. Kim has published 13 books--poetry collections, novels, and books on poetry--which have been translated into multiple languages. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me. For more, visit http://www.kimaddonizio.com.
Everything but airfare is included in the cost of the workshop: room, amazing food and wine, trips to surrounding hill towns and literary sites, and creative feedback. Once you are at La Romita, a former monastery in the Umbrian hills, there’s nothing to do but read, write, and enjoy. More information is available at http://www.laromita.org. Those interested should feel free to email Kim at email@example.com with any questions.
NYWW Pitch Conference
New York Writers Workshop hosts three-day pitch conferences in New York City. The conferences, offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall, welcome writers of fiction, nonfiction, and YA with book-length manuscripts (or projects).
With the guidance of New York Writers Workshop faculty, participants polish their pitches on Day One, then present them to three different editors from major publishing houses. Editors provide feedback and may request proposals and manuscripts after the conference.
Conferences feature a panel discussion of literary agents on the morning of the second day.
See Conference Leadership for a list of details on some of the agents, editors and publishing houses we work with.
Editors this conference: tba--check back in mid-March
Agents this conference: tba--check back in mid-March
Date: April 20 - 22, 2018
Location: Ripley-Grier Studios (NY Spaces), 520 Eighth Ave (36th/37th), 16th Fl
Cost: Early Bird Special through April 1, $495; after April 1, $550
Register: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3224811 (pending acceptance)
On Friday morning, March 30, 2018, NYWW co-founder Tim Tomlinson interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jhumpa Lahiri. The conversation ranges across questions dealing with Lahiri's career, her themes, and the concerns that guide her craft, including her relatively recent decision to write in Italian.
Craig Serling & Charles Salzberg
It's a noisy universe out there and getting an idea up on its feet in today's digital age sometimes requires a "sizzle" -- or what's become known as a pitch deck. Whether you have just finished your first manuscript, published your 10th novel, or just have that outline of an idea, this course will help you conceive and execute a multimedia tool to help communicate your story to potential buyers, agents, and publishers. With graphics and/or video, participants will conceive and develop a concept, and learn the steps required to produce it.
There will be a one hour lunch break from noon to 1 pm
Craig Serling is an award-winning producer, director and editor, who has worked for nearly every major television network (CBS, NBC, FOX) and cable outlet (Discovery Channel, Animal Planet) on some of television's most successful shows. He has been nominated for three primetime Emmy awards and is a former American Film Institute directing fellow. In film, Serling wrote and directed the award-winning feature "JAM" starring Jefferey Dean Morgan, Gina Torres, Jonathan Silverman and distributed by Showtime Networks. Other notable credits include the PBS documentary "American Heroes" and "Amazing Race." Serling is currently at work on a new feature film to be shot in New York City. Visit his website at: www.craigeserling.com/
Charles Salzberg is the author of more than twenty non-fiction books, including From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, and Soupy Sez: My Zany Life and Times, and has written for New York, Esquire, Redbook and The New York Times. He is also the author of the Shamus Award nominated Swann's Last Song, Swann Dives In, Swann's Lake of Despair, Swann's Way Out, and Devil in the Hole, which was named one of the best crime novels of 2013 by Suspense magazine. He is a Founding Member of the New York Writers Workshop.
DATE: Sunday, March 11
TIME: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
PLACE: JCC of Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue (at 76th St.)
Experimental Fiction: A Workshop in Six Chapters picks up where Alternative Approaches left off. In these six sections, the instructor will guide participants through various experimental strategies for shaping narrative prose. Each session will include a writing prompt (for optional later use), suggested reading, and generous, constructive critique of participants’ work. Writers under consideration might include George Saunders, Samuel Beckett, Melissa Broder, and Lorrie Moore.
The Instructor Jade Sharma is the author of Problems, which the New York Times called "[a] novel about a heroin addict [that] shouldn't be this much fun to read." She has reviewed for the New York Times Book Review, and her work has appeared in Lit Hub, The Evergreen, and Your Unspeakable Voice. Sharma is also a celebrated teacher. One former student writes, "To have Jade Sharma as a writing teacher is a unique experience. Imagine a friend who never judges you and who has your back and who is in close communication with you. That's Jade."
Location: Arts-on-Site, 12 St. Mark's Place, Studio 4F
WORKSHOP IN POETRY-MUSIC COLLABORATION We’ll listen to some classic performances of poetry & jazz collaborations, dating back to the ‘30s with Langston Hughes poetry with jazz. Other poets and musicians of the 1960s with Beat Generation poets and their predecessors, Kenneth Rexroth and Kenneth Patchen. The listening will be accompanied by discussion of the value and difficulties of such collaborations/ performances. We’ll also talk about current performance and recording of poetry & music. Examples of hip-hop and rap music will be welcome. Then the workshop will turn to students practicing performance of their poetry. All the time remaining will belong to the students and their recitations and/or questions about all of the above.
THE INSTRUCTOR Barry Wallenstein is the author of eight collections of poetry, the most recent being At the Surprise Hotel and Other Poems [Ridgeway Press, 2016] and Drastic Dislocations: New and Selected Poems [New York Quarterly Books, 2012]. His poetry has appeared in over one hundred journals, including Ploughshares, The Nation, Centennial Review, and American Poetry Review. Among his awards are the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poetry Prize (1985), and Pushcart Poetry Prize Nominations 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016. A special interest is his presentation of poetry readings in collaboration with jazz. He has made eight recordings of his poetry with music, most recently What Was, Was (Audioscope, 2015) and Lucky These Days (Cadence Jazz Records, 2013). He is Emeritus Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the City University of New York and an editor of the journal, American Book Review. www.barrywallenstein.com
Location: Arts-on-Site, 12 St. Mark's Place, Studio 4F
ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES: FICTION INTENSIVE In this three-hour intensive we will read and discuss short experimental works that operate outside the conventions of mainstream fiction. These will serve as prompts for you to write in session. Volunteers will share results for workshop critique. Participants are welcome to bring their own material to share and discuss. All are welcome, from beginners to experienced writers. Get up and do that writing you keep putting off!
THE INSTRUCTOR Jade Sharma is the author of Problems, which the New York Times called “[a] novel about a heroin addict [that] shouldn’t be this much fun to read.” She has reviewed for the New York Times Book Review, and her work has appeared in Lit Hub, The Evergreen, and Your Unspeakable Voice. Sharma is also a celebrated teacher. One former student writes, “To have Jade Sharma as a writing teacher is a unique experience. Imagine a friend who never judges you and who has your back and who is in close communication with you. That’s Jade.”
Location: Arts-on-Site, 12 St. Mark's Place, Studio 4F
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
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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.