Assignments become more challenging to meet the increasing skill and understanding of the students.In the upper levels students are generally working on longer pieces, but they continue to do exercises, always honing their skills and deepening their understanding.Our workshops are particularly targeted toward underserved people, including youth, seniors, women, LGBT communities, people living with disabilities, people who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated, or others with specialized needs.
Classes meet online or in-person at our NYC offices.
Our weekly workshops are intimate, with small class sizes.
Students provide the desire to write and the willingness to learn, and we provide the structure, the technical know-how, the professional feedback and the friendly community to enable them to reach their full potential.
Our New York City classes take place in an informal classroom setting in lower Manhattan, with select classes in Brooklyn.
You already know Hunter College is close to the subway, and that it offers a free ride to every incoming MFA student.
If you're unable to make it to the Open House, however, you'll still find plenty of information about the program, right here on this website.NYWC also offers other free and low cost workshops and events that are open to everyone.We welcome writers of all genres and experience levels.Our work has deep roots in the Amherst Writers and Artists writing workshop method, created by Pat Schneider and described in her book Writing Alone and With Others.Click through our website to learn more about NYWC’s public programs, annual Write-A-Thon, current drop-in workshop schedule, and NYWC Press publications.We work to assure that critiques build on each other, so that students never leave the class with a head full of conflicting reactions and suggestions.As students move up through the levels, the basic structure of the workshops remains the same, but the level of sophistication grows across the board.Since we launched in 2002, more than 12,000 NYWC workshop participants have been served in hundreds of New York City locations.Our workshop members have been widely published, been accepted to prestigious high schools and universities, and have had work presented in Carnegie Hall, in the NY Times, on NPR, and in major venues across NYC.The Writers Studio, founded in 1987 by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Schultz, offers ongoing writing workshops — both on site and online — designed to help students discover and nurture their own voices.We welcome students at all stages, from those who have only dreamed of writing fiction or poetry to those with MFAs hungry for additional serious, ongoing instruction.