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"Charles Salzberg’s was the single best writing course I’ve ever experienced. He provided just the right amount of support and constructive criticism. I left each session with ideas to improve my piece."

Lauren Weisberger,

author of The Devil Wears Prada, developed in Charles Salzberg’s workshop

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"Maureen Brady provides an environment that is equal parts nurturing and challenging. Her attention to detail, five-star copy editing, and genuine enthusiasm for the written word have me coming back to her workshops year after year. Without her involvement, I doubt I would be awaiting publication in 2012!"

Janet Goss, author of Off The Grid, forthcoming New American Library, 2012

"Laura Zinn Fromm is an inspiring, erudite teacher. She clearly loves books and stories and the written word. Laura provided our classes with a range of assigned readings which stretched our boundaries, tickled our funny bones and led us beyond our comfort levels. We saw and heard (because we often read aloud) what a great story should feel like. With regard to writing our own stories, I feel that I am at an entirely different level than when I began. My classmates all liked and respected Laura and it was pleasant and simple to follow her clear and empathetic rules for giving each other feedback. In addition, Laura was very generous with her time, meeting one-on-one with all of us. She was encouraging and realistic at the same time.

Morleen Novitt

"Jonathan Kravetz was everything that a writing teacher should be: thoughtful, organized, sensitive when imparting criticism, but also willing to be honest and push students to achieve new levels in their work. He always tried to honor each creative voice. His introductory lecture on the rules of successful story development is alone worth the price of admission!"

Kat

"I took Allison Estes’s class knowing very little about children’s book writing, but in eight weeks she gave me the foundation to write books for all ages. Allison knows how to inspire and when to offer analytical critiques. I finished two full-length children’s novels in her workshops, and even when classes were over she continued to help me. She must be one of the best children’s book teachers in the city."

James M. McGrath

"Mary Stewart Hammond is a truly empowering teacher whose insights are magical, whose passion for the right word, discerning eye for even the smallest details, respect for the creative process, compassion for our frailties and celebration of our strengths, unfailingly inspire us to reach higher."

Joe Bacal

"I took Marci Alboher’s class after completing my masters degree in journalism, when I was struggling to find work as a freelance writer. Marci’s sharp, detailed editing proved invaluable, as did the contacts she was willing to share with me. As a result of my experience in Marci’s class, I am now a regular freelance writer for the Financial Times. I am so grateful to Marci, and highly recommend her class to both beginning and seasoned writers."

Pamela Ryckman

"This summer I took a short story writing class with Jonathan Kravetz called “Getting Started.” It was a wonderful experience for me. Jonathan gave me positive and insightful feedback on my writing. Also his excellent advice on technical issues single handedly cured my adverb tic and alleviated my alliteration affliction a bit. I started the workshop not considering myself a writer, but thanks to Jonathan I now do."

Barbara Gorman

"Charles Salzberg is a wizard–inspiring, gentle and brilliant with organizational strategy. He gave me the jump start I needed to begin writing fiction, and now I have one novel in hardcover that will soon be a paperback, with a contract for two more books. I’m now running a NYWW workshop myself, but I consider my participation in Charles’s workshop to be an invaluable part of my writing process."

Sally Koslow, author of Little Pink Slips

"Sally Koslow’s course for women (Writing About Women) is only six sessions long so far, but it’s already unleashed startling good prose—raw and true and sometimes funny memories tuned into hot memoir material, for sure. We are both new and very experienced writers in this class but we have all been inspired to tell our stories. Sometimes, there’s pain involved but that’s part of the goodness of the sessions. We can’t wait to see what’s coming next!"

Sherry Suib Cohen

"Marci’s class is fantastic not only because she knows the ins and outs of freelancing, but also because she is a patient, encouraging and experienced instructor for writers of all levels, from first-timers to those who are already established."

Harlan Protass

"The workshop on Creating Children’s Fiction has exceeded my expectations. The detailed information on the different fiction categories for different age groups has been invaluable, and the guidance regarding the creation of both narrative and dialogue has been superb. Most of all, the constructive and encouraging feedback that I have received has allowed me to polish and refine my individual project in a manner that I could not have imagined when I began writing it. I highly recommend this class to anyone with an interest in children’s fiction."

Jane Tear

"I have never studied with a more gifted teacher than Mary Stewart Hammond…her guidance and critiques, always so insightful, so clear…her encouragement has empowered me…"

Benjamin Kukoff

"Jonathan Kravetz’s class was great. His workshop helped me see problems in my fiction that I would never have seen on my own, and was a real help in fixing them."

Louis Wittig

"Marci is a fantastic coach and teacher. Not only did she give me all the information I needed for starting a freelance career, but she freely offered me the one thing I needed the most: encouragement. As a former reporter, I had quit my day job to work full-time on my creative writing, and was hesitant—after so many years—about dipping my toes into the world of freelance writing. Marci gave me the courage I needed to take the plunge, and I will be forever grateful."

Shell Fischer

"Two years ago I registered for Allison Estes’ class at NYWW by mistake! And it was the best mistake I have ever made. I have repeated Allison’s class on several occasions, and each time I have learned to apply new lessons and energy to my writing attempts. The title of the class was Creating Children’s Fiction but the basic precepts which Ms. Estes teaches turned out to be universal and essential for any type of writing. She is a perceptive and direct teacher, who has a long list of published works, and she brings her own professional talents and experience to her teaching. She reads or listens to a piece of writing and defines the core of its direction or meaning with clear but kind suggestions and examples. My experience has encouraged me to continue to write and finish a long piece.

Florence Herriot

"I have taken several sessions of Charles Salzberg’s “Works in Progress” writing courses. I have never had a better teacher. His sensitivity and insight into each participant’s needs as a writer, the depth of knowledge and experience he brings to his comments, his professionalism, ability to communicate with each participant clearly, yet tactfully and persuasively — all these qualities are remarkable. Charles has an apparently inexhaustible willingness to help not only in recognizing and solving writing problems but in carrying through the individual’s work to publication."

Julia Scully

"Anyone who has read Out Of Canaan would relish the opportunity to study with Mary Stewart Hammond. But who could guess that she would combine the ability to write such a book with the gift for teaching poetry. How does she do it? Maybe it’s her attention to the craft and line by line editing. Maybe it’s her quick grasp of what the student is trying to say even when the poem is not quite there yet. Certainly it’s her creation of a “safe” environment. I do know that she gets results. Her students grow. And publish. And keep coming back. What more could you ask for?

Betsy Harrington

Courses

… can give us the knowledge, the encouragement and the impetus to move to the next level – creatively and professionally. In-class and at-home assignments help novice writers develop the technique and structure for good writing habits. More advanced workshops deal with craft, style, revision, clarification, and getting published. New York’s best known writing instructors lead supportive, yet rigorous class discussions of student work.

Alissa Torres_0Instructor: Alissa Torres

 

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Intensive one-day workshop with exercises designed to start or restart your literary masterpiece in time for summer.  Please bring to class a fresh notebook and several pens.

 

 

Bio:  Alissa Torres is the author of American Widow (art by Sungyoon Choi), a graphic novel memoir, about her experiences as a 9/11 widow and new mother. She has written many personal essays and articles for salon.com and for other publications.  Her book was listed as a New York Times Editors’ Choice, September 14, 2008,  and was also an award finalist for the 2008 Books for a Better Life – First Books Category.  In 2007, she won the State Farm Embrace Life award.

 

She has served as judge for Random House Foundation, Inc. Creative Writing Competition for several years.  She is a non-practicing attorney and holds an M.A/ABD in Comparative Literature from New York University and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan.

 

She currently teaches academic writing and test taking skills to individuals and groups. She also teaches creative writing for self-improvement and empowerment.

 

 

Sunday: May 18, 2014, 10:00am-4:00pm

 

 

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To Register by Phone: Call The JCC 646.505.5708 during hours listed below.

To Register In Person: The JCC Box Office is located in the lobby.

 

Hours:

Mon – Thu: 9 am – 9 pm

Fri: 9 am – 4 pm

Sat (Shabbat): Closed

Sun: 10 am – 5 pm

 

Address:

The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan

The Samuel Priest Rose Building

334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street

New York, NY 10023

 

Instructor: Neal Rowland

 

 

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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to improving your script. Every project is highly individual. Over the course of three intensive, hands-on sessions, you will work and rework your story materials with an experienced industry development executive, learning how to maximize the creative potential and ‘producibility’ of your unique project.

 

 

Bio: Neal Rowland is a writer, script editor and development executive working in the independent film industry in Europe and the United States. He has developed many successful film and television productions, including the Oscar-winning Irish musical film Once (2006) and Oscar-nominated director Steph Green’s debut feature, Run & Jump (2013), starring SNL alum Will Forte.

 

Three (3) Sundays, May 4, 11, 18

2:00-5:00 pm

 

 

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To Register by Phone: Call The JCC 646.505.5708 during hours listed below.

To Register In Person: The JCC Box Office is located in the lobby.

 

Hours:

Mon – Thu: 9 am – 9 pm

Fri: 9 am – 4 pm

Sat (Shabbat): Closed

Sun: 10 am – 5 pm

 

Address:

The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan

The Samuel Priest Rose Building

334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street

New York, NY 10023

 

 

2012-12-14_13-08-28_826Instructor: Joan Chevalier

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Most of us make presentations (including job interviews), and most labor with an internal script that impedes our external reception. Through physical, writing, and speaking exercises, we will work with three main components of audience connection: Mirroring, Receiving, Projecting. Understand and unfurl the persuasive capacity of your particular voice.

 

Bio: Joan Chevalier is a speechwriter and executive coach with 20 years experience, primarily writing for Theodore Roosevelt IV and other C-level executives. Her opinion pieces for others appear in most major outlets; her own appeared in the Boston Globe, Washington Times, and WSJ Political Diary. She considers herself a “radical centrist.”  See website www.joanchevalier.com.

 

Four (4) Sundays: June 1, 8, 22, 29,

2:00- 4:00 pm

 

 

 

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Register by Phone: Call 646.505.5708 during hours listed below.

Register In Person: The JCC Box Office is located in the lobby.

 

Hours:

Mon – Thu: 9 am – 9 pm

Fri: 9 am – 4 pm

Sat (Shabbat): Closed

Sun: 10 am – 5 pm

 

Address:

The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan

The Samuel Priest Rose Building

334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street

New York, NY 10023

 

Instructor: Hermine Meinhard

 

This Spring at the JCC-Hermine Meinhard

 

 

Learn to draw on the elusive aspects of experience that give a poem depth and mystery. Using in-class exercises, objects, outside texts, and personal journals, connect to your deepest material, shaping it into finished works.

 

Bio: Hermine Meinhard’s book, Bright Turquoise Umbrella, was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Meinhard has published poems in Barrow Street, American Letters & Commentary, Drunken Boat, Luna, La Petite Zine and Verse Daily, among other journals. She has done readings throughout the East Coast and in the Midwest at venues such as Live from Prairie Lights Bookstore, the Hudson Valley Writers Center and The Kitchen. The grand prize winner of the Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Award, she was also finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H. Winner Memorial Award and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Other honors include fellowships at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Blue Mountain Center. Through New York Writers Workshop, she teaches classes at the JCC of Manhattan and NYPL.   She has an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and is a member of the Urban Range Poetry Collective. Learn more about Hermine here: http://www.theurbanrange.com/poet.php?id=7

 

6 Wednesdays, May 14, 21, and 28; June 11, 18 and 25

6:30-9:00 pm.

 

 

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To Register by Phone: Call The JCC 646.505.5708 during hours listed below.

To Register In Person: The JCC Box Office is located in the lobby.

 

Hours:

Mon – Thu: 9 am – 9 pm

Fri: 9 am – 4 pm

Sat (Shabbat): Closed

Sun: 10 am – 5 pm

 

Address:

The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan

The Samuel Priest Rose Building

334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street

New York, NY 10023

Instructor: Charles Salzberg

 

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This workshop is for students who are actively pursuing a non-ficton writing project, whether it be essays, a non-fiction book, memoir, or op-ed page pieces. Each week students share their work and it is critiqued by the rest of the class and the instructor. Students are usually allowed to submit three times during the semester. Ms. submission required. Send to Hoke5@aol.com

 

Bio:  Charles Salzberg is the author of the Shamus Award nominated novel, Swann’s Last Song and the sequel, Swann Dives In. The third in the series, Swann’s Lake of Despair, will be published in the fall.  Henry Swann stories have also appeared in Long Island Noir and Grand Central Noir. His latest novel is Devil in the Hole, which was chosen as one of the best crime novels of the year by Suspense magazine. He teaches writing at the Writer’s Voice and the New York Writers Workshop where he is a Founding Member.

 
Section 1:

Six (6) Mondays: May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16

6:30-8:30 pm.

 

Section 2:

Six (6) Thursdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 12

6:30-8:30 pm.

 


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To Register by Phone: Call the JCC 646.505.5708 during hours listed below.

To Register In Person: The JCC Box Office is located in the lobby.

 

Hours:

Mon – Thu: 9 am – 9 pm

Fri: 9 am – 4 pm

Sat (Shabbat): Closed

Sun: 10 am – 5 pm

 

Address:

The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan

The Samuel Priest Rose Building

334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street

New York, NY 10023

 

 

 

Instructor: Laura Zinn FrommLaura Zinn Fromm

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Both fiction and creative nonfiction involve strong story lines, memorable characters, careful narration, and lively dialogue. We will migrate between the two genres. You may submit personal essays, short stories, or sections of memoirs and novels with the goal of turning them into publishable prose.

Instructor’s approval required prior to registering. Email a 3–5 page writing sample to zinnfromm@gmail.com.

 

 

Bio: Laura Zinn Fromm is the author of the forthcoming In the Shadow of Lunacy and My Inner Fruitcake. A former editor at Business Week, she holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University.

 

Six (6) Thursdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 12

12:00-2:00 p.m.

 

 

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To Register by Phone: Call The JCC 646.505.5708 during hours listed below.

To Register In Person: The JCC Box Office is located in the lobby.

 

Hours:

Mon – Thu: 9 am – 9 pm

Fri: 9 am – 4 pm

Sat (Shabbat): Closed

Sun: 10 am – 5 pm

 

Address:

The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan

The Samuel Priest Rose Building

334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street

New York, NY 10023