FALL 2017 Writing Workshops and Intensives

at Goddard Riverside Community Center



647 Columbus Avenue @West 92nd Street


Wednesday AND TUESDAY Writing Workshops  




Karol Nielsen

This workshop will help the memoir writer find and shape a personal narrative whether a short essay or a book-length memoir. Weekly lectures and in-class exercises will illuminate the elements of storytelling used to write a memoir: structure, characterization, plot, description, dialogue, point-of-view, style, voice, and revision. Works developed in my classes have been published as books and essays with honors in The Best American Essays and elsewhere. I believe in a warm, supportive atmosphere where even the most unformed idea can turn into a work of substance and art. 

6 Wednesdays: Oct. 11, 18, 25, and Nov. 1, 8, 15

6:30-8:30 p.m. 


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Karol Nielsen worked as a journalist before becoming an author, editor, and writing instructor. Her memoir, Black Elephants (Bison Books, 2011), was selected as a New and Noteworthy Book by Poets & Writers in 2011 and shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing in nonfiction in 2012. Excerpts from her memoir were honored as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays  in 2010 and 2005. Her poetry chapbook, This Woman I Thought I’d Be (Finishing Line Press, 2012), includes poems from her full collection, selected as a finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry in 2007. She works as a freelance manuscript editor and has served as senior editor, nonfiction editor, and contributing editor of Epiphany, an award-winning literary magazine.  She teaches writing workshops at New York University and New York Writers Workshop.


THE ARTIST'S WAY with Susane Lee

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Susane Lee

Based on the classic book by Julia Cameron, this class is designed to discover and recover your creative self. Each week is dedicated to a new task, while committing to the Morning Pages and your Artists Date.  This is your own personal journey, with real, proven tools to help unblock and prioritize creativity in your lives, in a safe and supportive environment.  This 12-week program is divided into six weeks in the fall and resumes for six weeks in the winter. As someone who has spent a lifetime in the arts, I encourage having a support system, and tangible, proven tools to help the artist within grow.

6 Wednesdays: Oct. 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1, 8, 15.

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


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Susane Lee started her writing career in television, as a Writer and Producer of documentaries for PBS in Boston and NYC, and is a recipient of a PBS Communications Award. Recently a playwright, she has written and directed many plays for Hudson Warehouse, a classical theater company in its 14th year, where she is the Assistant Artistic Director. Susane is a recipient of a NYFA Fellowship for Nonfiction, the Urban Artist Fellowship for Fiction, and has published a memoir in More Magazine.  Susane recently joined New York Writers Workshop.  She is also a Lifetime Member of The Writers Guild of America, East.

Daytime Writing Workshop



J.D. Serling

This supportive and encouraging workshop will explore a range of fictional techniques—point of view (first, second, third), dialogue, mood and tone--in order to help writers of all levels write powerful and original stories. Reading assignments, writing prompts and in class discussion will help students begin new work, revise prior material, or continue a work-in-progress. During the final week, students may elect to share a complete story or novel chapter for workshop by fellow students and me. 

6 Tuesdays:

Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 7, 14.

12:00-2:00 pm


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J.D. Serling is a member of the New York Writers Workshop and the author of the forthcoming novel, Good Neighbors (Twelve, Feb 2018.) Her short stories have appeared in New Ohio Review and North American Review. 




Donna Minkowitz

The true stories of our lives are often messy and complex. In this three-hour intensive, we will learn to write about our lives using emotion, the five senses, the power of critical thinking, the art of storytelling. Students will get frequent feedback in a supportive atmosphere.


Saturday, October 21, 2:00-5:00 pm


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Donna Minkowitz is the restaurant critic for Gay City News, and she has also written for New York magazine, the New York Times, Salon, The Nation, Tablet, and the Village Voice. Minkowitz has taught nonfiction writing and memoir since 1998, at venues including the 92nd St. Y, The Kitchen, In Our Own Write, and the New York Writers Workshop. Her recent memoir Growing Up Golem: How I Survived My Mother, Brooklyn and Some Really Bad Dates was a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and for the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award. Her first memoir, Ferocious Romance, won a Lammy.