a series of Sunday afternoon intensives in the heart of the NYC’s East Village



One Day Fiction Workshop

Date: Sunday, May 7

Time: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Place: 12 St. Mark’s Place, Studio 3F

Instructor: Rachel Sherman

Cost: $95


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’sFenceOpen CityConjunctions, 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.


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

Cost: $95




SATURDAY* MAY 13 [*this Sunday’s on a Saturday so we celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday]

Borderline Poetry: Writing the Prose Poem

Date: Saturday, May 13

Time: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Place: 12 St. Mark’s Place, Studio 3F

Instructor: Loren Kleinman

Cost: $95


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 TimesDrunken BoatThe MothDomestic CherryBlue Lake ReviewColumbia JournalStony Thursday Anthology (Arts Council Ireland) LEVURE LITTÉRAIRENimrod, 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 SketchesThe Dark Cave Between My RibsBreakable 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 BlazeVOXand 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.



Poem & Process: a Workshop in Vision and Revision

Date: Sunday, June 4

Time: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Place: 12 St. Mark’s Place, Studio 3F

Instructor: Jee Leong Koh

Cost: $95


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.

Past Offerings



Writing Your Worst First Draft: A Workshop in Fiction

Date: Sunday, April 2

Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Place: 12 St. Mark’s Place, Studio 3F

Instructor: Maureen Brady

Cost: $75


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.