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FREE Classes

Free Classes …

are a great way of seeing if a particular genre is right for you. Every year New York Writers Workshop holds free classes at public libraries in New York City. The classes, which last 2 hours or less, are taught by our team of highly-respected instructors who often incorporate in-class writing providing a truly hands-on experience. Check out our new schedule below!

New York Writers Workshop

presents…

 

POETRY NIGHT

APRIL 23rd

Books-05-2000 

 

MANHATTAN

 

Chatham Square Library (Chinatown)

5:30-6:30 pm

 

Memory-People-Place

with Timothy Tomlinson

 

The memory is a rich source of material (among other things).  So are people.  So is place.  In this workshop, we’ll dig into memory, excavate a person or persons, and locate them in a specific place.  We’ll look at an example or two of poems that do something similar, then we’ll write our own.

 

Tim Tomlinson is co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing.  His poems have been published in the Philippines, China, the Bahamas, the UK, and in numerous venues in the US, including Caribbean Vistas, Citron Review, New York Quarterly, Soundings Review, and the Tule Review.  He teaches in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies program.

 

New Amsterdam Library (Lower Manhattan)

5:00-6:00 pm

 

Poetry as Reflection

with Eléna Rivera

This will be an exploratory workshop where we will read one or two poems, write in response to those poems, and then work with image, sound, feeling as a way of reflecting our experience of the animate and inanimate around us.

Eléna Rivera’s most recent book is The Perforated Map (Shearsman Books, 2011). She won the Robert Fagles prize for her translation of Bernard Noël’s The Rest of the Voyage (Graywolf Press, 2011). She teaches in the Liberal Arts Program of the School for Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University, with Poets & Writers, and is on the faculty of the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College and the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

 

Mulberry Street Library (SoHo)

5:30-6:30 pm

 

The Poetics of Comics

with Alissa Torres

 

Combine a love of poetry with a love of comics.  We’ll explore David Morice’s “Poetry Comics” to see what comics and poems have in common.  From there, we’ll make our own comic panels of poetry.

 

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 currently teaches academic writing and test taking skills to individuals and groups. She also teaches workshops with New York Writers Workshop.

 

 

67th Street Library (Upper East Side)

4:00-5:00 pm

 

Poems of the Everyday

with Hermine Meinhard

 

Poems offer us fresh experiences of the sights and sounds, smells and tastes of living.  In this workshop we will read a poem by the quintessentially American poet William Carlos Williams. Then together we will construct a 3-dimensional collage of everyday objects that will stimulate the writing of poems.

 

Hermine Meinhard’s book Bright Turquoise Umbrella, published by Tupelo Press, was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Drunken Boat, Verse Daily and many other publications. Meinhard is a faculty member of NYU’s McGhee Division, and teaches workshops at the JCC of Manhattan and NYPL through New York Writers Workshop.  She has an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College.

 

 

Yorkville Library (Upper East Side)

5:00-6:00pm

 

The Imagery of Poetry

with Donna Kaz

 

To write a poem is to shine a light on an image or a moment of intensity.  These moments are stored not as ideas or abstractions but as sights, smells, tastes, sounds and touch that have remained with us.  Using examples and writing prompts each participant will explore images to free the poem found inside lasting images.

 

Donna Kaz has been published in Lilith, Turning Wheel, Step Away Magazine (2013 Pushcart Prize nomination) Trivia: Voices of Feminism, Western Press Books, Mason’s Road and the Women’s Studies Quarterly.  She has been a featured reader at the Pulse Poetry Slam, Carpo, Uncle Mo’s and Wordstock and is the recipient of residency fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi, The Blue Mountain Center, CAP21, Wurlitzer and The Ucross Foundation. This year she was awarded an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant. MFA Queens University of Charlotte.

 

Bloomingdale Library (Upper West Side)

5:00-6:00pm

 

Inhabiting the World:  Writing “Found Object” Poetry

with Robert J. Levy

 

The world around us is filled with unvoiced magic; the mute objects we encounter every day hold mysteries that can be expressed through the liberating power of poetry. In this workshop, we will read Charles Simic’s Poem “Stone” as a prompt that will then inspire us to write our own poems—an imaginative exercise in which we will “go inside” a common object – a pencil, a tree, a fork – and express its innermost essence. By the workshop’s end each participant will have written a brief poem.

 

Robert J. Levy’s work has appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Boulevard, Southern Review, North American Review, Gettysburg Review, Threepenny Review and Poetry Daily among many others. He has won an NEA Fellowship, fellowships at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, and multiple awards from the Poetry Society of America. He has published two full-length books: Whistle Maker (winner of the Anhinga Prize) and In the Century of Small Gestures (Defined Providence) as well as five chapbooks. He has given readings for the Academy of American Poets and the West Side Y. He has taught poetry workshops at Marymount Manhattan College. He holds a B.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md., and an M.A. in English literature from Oxford University.

 

 

Washington Heights Library

5:00-6:00 pm

 

Spring Things: Celebrate with Poetry!

with Catherine Wald

 

How do you experience spring? In this workshop, participants will read and write poems that explore the ways we talk about the season as well as its meaning as a symbol and metaphor.

 

Catherine Wald’s poetry includes the chapbook, Distant, burned-out stars (Finishing Line Press), and poems in American Journal of Nursing, Buddhist Poetry Review, Chronogram, Crime Poetry Weekly, Friends Journal, Jewish Literary Journal, Westchester Review.

 

 

Hamilton Grange Library (Harlem)

5:00-6:00 pm

 

Finding the Universal in the Specific

with Devin Kelly

In this life, we are surrounded by objects that trigger strong memories and feelings, perhaps of love or loss or all the things in between. This workshop will explore how different poets find access to such universal themes through the specific objects of our world, and how we ourselves can do the same. Using examples as models, as well as various exercises, each participant will finish a poem that strives for feeling, set off by the everyday things and moments of this world.

Devin Kelly is an MFA student at Sarah Lawrence College, by way of Fordham University. He has read as part of Lamprophonic’s Emerging New York City Writers Series, as well as the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival. He attended the Sirenland Writer’s Conference, hosted by One Story, and his fiction and poetry have been featured in Catch & Release, Columbia Journal’s online supplement, as well as Dunes Review and Steel Toe Review. He teaches Creative Writing and English classes to 7th graders and high schoolers in Queens and currently lives in Harlem.

 

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Allerton Library

3:30-4:30 pm

 

Pleiades and Haiku Poetry Workshop

with Lorraine Currelley

 

Pleiades and Haiku poetry workshop participants will learn how to construct and create Pleiades and Haiku poems. On completion participants will take part in a workshop poetry reading.

 

Lorraine Currelley, poet, writer, educator, and Mental Health Counselor is the Founder/Director of Poets Network & Exchange, a positive and supportive space

for poets and writers at all levels, where she facilitates poetry and creative writing workshops and produces featured poetry readings, open mics and literary events. Poets Network & Exchange has expanded to include a Scholar Lecture Series. Scholars of various disciplines are invited to lecture and facilitate workshops. She is a 2014 S.P.A.R.C. (Seniors Partnering with the Arts Recipient and a new member of the Pearls of Wisdom Storytellers. She has taught poetry and creative writing workshops for three years. Her poetry is anthologized in Gaptooth Girlfriends: The Third Act, Mandela (an international anthology), Blind Beggar Press 35th Anniversary Anthology and Writing For Peace DoveTales 2014. She sits on the boards and advisory panels for Writing for Peace and Ensemble du Monde, Maestro Marlon Daniel.

 

 

Baychester Library 

3:00-4:00 pm

 

Writing to Heal

with Loren Kleinman

 

In post-modern society, the sick person reclaims the authority and power to speak their own story and reconstructs a new life narrative from the wreckage of illness or bodily injury. The workshop will guide the writer through reading and writing trauma narratives. Each participant will complete a poem.  What else can we do but write about our pain?

 

Bio: Loren Kleinman’s poetry has appeared in journals such as Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Paterson Literary Review, Narrative Northeast and Journal of New Jersey Poets. Her interviews appeared in IndieReader, USA Today and The Huffington Post. She is the author of Flamenco Sketches and Indie Authors Naked, which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Journalism in the UK and USA. Her second poetry collection The Dark Cave Between My Ribs released March 2014 (Winter Goose Publishing) and was #11 in Women’s Poetry on Amazon Kindle. Kleinman is currently working on a literary romance novel, This Way to Forever and her third collection of poetry Breakable Things. She runs an author interview series on The Huffington Post Books community blogs vertical.

 

Kingsbridge Library 

5pm – 6pm

 

Memory and Our Common Lives

with Kip Zegers

 

We will read one or two poems that use memory as a springboard, do a writing exercise together, and then work with a series of memories to build a poem.

 

Kip Zegers has published 9 books. The latest is The Poet of Schools, Dos Madres Press, 2014. He has taught Creative Writing for 29 years at Hunter College High School. He has degrees from John Carroll University and Northwestern University, and he has studied at Union Theological Seminary.

 

Mosholu Library

4:00 pm

 

Writing Poetry With Many Voices

with Emma Goldman-Sherman

 

Living in New York City, we all get to cross paths daily with fascinating people. Writing outside ourselves can free us to discover different kinds of poems.  In this workshop we will explore how voices can inspire us to create new poems.  With examples and writing exercises, each participant will complete a poem.

 

BIO:  Emma Goldman-Sherman has published poetry in American Athenaeum, Broad Magazine, The Manhattan Times, and Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology. Her plays (including Perfect Women, Wombshot, and The Lock) have been produced in New York City, London and Zagreb.  She has an MFA from the University of Iowa.

 

 

Parkchester Library 

4:30-5:30 pm

 

Tell Me A Story: Narrative in Poetry

with Guen Murroni

 

Story telling is an art form that can take many forms and shapes — a song, a novel, a film, and of course, a poem.  This workshop will be dedicated to narrative as a technique to convey a feeling through the different images that compose a story.  Participants will read a sample of narrative poetry like American soul and jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron’s Pieces of a Man and start working on their own poem through the use of character, setting and plot. A theme will be picked on the day collectively from the initial reading of the poem, to create a common ground for creative composition.

 

Guen Murroni is a writer based in London. Her background is in theatre, film, narrative and copywriting. She has worked in theatre in Italy, receiving commissions and a prize in 2010 for her latest play as well as holding writing and drama workshops in the City of Lodi’s prison and for Connections Youth Theatre Festival.  She is now working in film as writer and director, her shorts have been shown at Scene: Brooklyn, the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival, the Budapest International Film Festival and Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. She has recently completed her first novel “The Jiggle” and is now working on a feature film.

 

 

 

STATEN ISLAND

 

New Dorp Library 

4:30-5:30 pm

 

Poetry that Punches a Clock

with Jen Fitzgerald

 

Staten Island is a predominately blue-color and working class borough of people who know what it means to labor.  Many of us hold jobs with the City of New York, and that relationship has been historically difficult.  This workshop will focus on the poetry of labor and pieces that showcase the different ways in which people relate to the Best City in the World.  Each participant will leave having written their own labor poem.

 

Jen Fitzgerald is a poet and a native New Yorker who received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. She is the Count Director for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.  With John Ebersole, she is the host of the New Books in Poetry Podcast as part of the New Books Network. Her poetry of Hurricane Sandy has been featured on PBS Newshour, and other works on Harriet: The Poetry Foundation Blog, Tin House, and AAWW: Open City, among others.

 

 

Mariners Harbor Library

4:00-5:00 pm

 

Writing Confessional Poetry

with Maria DiLorenzo

 

Writing from personal experience can make us more emotionally aware and lead us to new discoveries of the self. A type of poetry that emerged in the 1950’s and 1960’s, confessional poetry, discussed topics such as death, relationships, and emotions, which before were off limits.  In this workshop we will explore why writing from personal experience is so significant, engaging, and why it can even be considered daring in some cases. We will read and discuss poems by Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, two major confessional poets of our time. Participants will then write their own confessional poem which will then be shared with the group if time permits.

 

Maria DiLorenzo’s work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Café Review, The Flea, Connotations Press, Barrier Islands Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, New York Liberty Star, and others. Since 2011 she has been researching and writing a true crime/nonfiction work which is forthcoming. Currently she teaches English and Creative Writing at Middlesex County College, Brookdale Community College, and Saint John Vianney High School. She holds a MFA in poetry from Hunter College.

 

 

Participants will be given free copies of Shakespeare’s

Sonnets courtesy of World Book Night US.

 

 

 

SPRING CLASSES 2014

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Refining Your Idea In Dramatic Writing

Instructor: Neal RowlandRowland, Neal

 

April 7

6:30 – 8:00 pm

A great, well-thought-out idea is the starting point of almost every great drama. Through a combination of in-class exercises and creative feedback, you will learn useful methods and tricks to maximize the dramatic potential and individuality of the premise, story, main characters and central conflict of your screenplay or play.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing for Children in the 21st CenturyAllison Estes

Instructor: Allison Estes

 

April 14

6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

 

Whether you’re talking about picture books or teen novels, children’s books today are not your grandfather’s bedtime stories! Learn how the market for children’s fiction has evolved and how to give your own stories the “spank of life” in this workshop for those interested in writing for children.

 

Bio: Allison Estes has taught writing workshops for nearly 20 years, and has written numerous titles for children and adults. Her last book was Paw & Order; Dramatic Investigations by an Animal Cop on the Beat. Her picture book, Izzy & Oscar, is due out in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction for Beginners

Instructor: Monique Antonette LewisMonique Lewis

 

April 21

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Struggling to write that story you’ve always wanted to tell? Not sure how to refresh an old draft? Learn how to jumpstart your story with strong openings and how to develop memorable characters in this interactive course.

 

Bio:  Monique Antonette Lewis is founder of At The Inkwell, which help authors promote their books through interviews, book reviews and public readings at KGB Bar in Manhattan. She also sits on the board of the New York Writers Resources and is a reader for the annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship. When she is not interviewing authors and hosting readings, Monique is the Americas specialist editor at Mergermarket, a mergers and acquisitions news service. She received her M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing, from Wilkes University, and a B.A. in journalism from Colorado State University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start Your Memoir in One Evening

Instructor: Sally Koslowsally-koslow2

 

April 28

6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

Writers of all ages and skill levels are welcome in a workshop where you will learn to jumpstart your story so it’s compelling to others.

 

Bio:  SALLY KOSLOW is the author of four novels: The Widow Waltz, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx, With Friends like These and Little Pink Slips, inspired by being editor-in-chief of McCall’s Magazine, as well as a non-fiction book, Slouching Toward Adulthood. Her articles and essays appear frequently in magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, More, Real Simple, O the Oprah Magazine, The Guardian and Readers’ Digest. She has been a frequent teacher at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College and the JCC of Manhattan through the New York Writers Workshop, for whom Koslow facilitates book “pitch” conferences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration Required

 

For more details, please visit:

 

http://catalog.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/iii/calendar/month/C&M=4-2014;jsessionid=FA9820E63AD5239A4957930550BFC951?lang=eng&suite=def

 

Address and phone number of Brooklyn Public Library (Central Library):

10 Grand Army Plaza

Brooklyn, NY 11238

718-230-2100

 

 

 

 

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York

State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York

State Legislature.

 

 

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SPRING CLASSES 2014

WITH NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP

 

 

 

Write What You Know,

But Don’t Think You KnowMaureen Brady

 

Instructor: Maureen Brady

 

April 3

5:30 – 6:45

Do a writing exercise to help find your voice and explore the sources that can supply material for fiction that taps into your motherlode, share it with fellow writers and then discuss the emergence of your voice.

 

BIO:  Maureen Brady is the award-winning author of 3 novels including Folly and Ginger’s Fire and 1 collection of short stories. She teaches Advanced Fiction at the New York Writers Workshop at JCC and is Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Write A Book Proposal

Doug GarrDOUG GARR

 

April 17

5:30-6:45

In order to sell a non-fiction book, memoir, or a family history it takes an extensive outline to convince a literary agent, editor, or publisher to consider your project.  In this session, I’ll explain the process, from the development of your idea, writing the critical overview, the sample chapter, and the marketing plan.

 

BIO:  Doug Garr is the author and co-author of several books, including an acclaimed book on IBM, and a magazine journalist.  He was also a speechwriter

for Gov. Mario M. Cuomo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telling Stories

Patty DannPatty Dann

 

May 1

5:30 – 6:45

TELLING STORIES is a workshop for anyone with a story to tell, whether you’re a published writer or the last time you wrote was in your teenage diary. Dann’s welcoming class will get you writing right away, and give you guidelines on how to keep on writing when the class is done.

 

“Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.” – Boris Pasternak

 

BIO:  Patty Dann is the author of three novels, STARFISH, MERMAIDS and SWEET & CRAZY. She has also published two memoirs, THE GOLDFISH WENT ON VACATION and THE BABY BOAT. Her work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. MERMAIDS was made into a movie, starring Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci.

 

Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Science Monitor, O Magazine, The Oregon Quarterly, Redbook and More.

Dann was cited by New York Magazine as one of the “Great Teachers of NYC.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Write Your Movie: 

Bring your stories to the screen!Helen Kaplan

 

Instructor: Helen Kaplan

 

May 15

5:30 – 6:45

 

Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting and proper script format. Write a short scene in class and read it aloud for feedback.

 

BIO:

 

Helen Kaplan’s short film Return to Sender has screened at over 20 festivals and received many awards. She teaches screenwriting and filmmaking at Barnard’s Pre-College Program and Hunter College. Helen also contributed a chapter on subplots for the screenwriting book Writing Movies. She was an associate

producer on the PBS documentary “New York.” Helen received an MFA in film from Columbia University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Magic of Images: Writing a Poem

Instructor: Hermine MeinhardHermine Meinhard

 

May 22

5:30 – 6:45

Through images – a pear on a windowsill, a rain-slicked street—we not only see but enter into the world of a poem. Images have the capacity to hold feeling. In this workshop participants will experiment with ways to capture images from memories, dreams and the world around them. By meeting’s end they will have written a poem.

 

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 American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Drunken Boat, Luna, Verse Daly and many other journals and has given readings at venues such as Live from Prairie Lights Bookstore, the Hudson Valley Writers Center and The Kitchen. She also teaches at NYU, the New York Writers Workshop and the Jewish Community Center.  She has an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration Required

 

To sign up, please call the St. Agnes library or stop by the 2nd floor information desk to register. 

 

Address and phone number of St. Agnes Library:

444 Amsterdam Avenue (near @. 81st St.), Manhattan, NY 10024-5506

(212) 621-0619

 

For more details, visit: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/71/calendar?page=2

 

 

 

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York

State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York

State Legislature.

 

 

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SPRING CLASSES 2014

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Take Your Writing from Good to Great

sally-koslow2Instructor: Sally Koslow

 

April 1

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Whether you dream of writing a memoir, a personal essay or fiction, this workshop will share secrets on how to focus and polish your writing. Bring paper, pen and your imagination.

 

Bio/List of Publications: Sally Koslow is the author of four novels: The Widow Waltz, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx, With Friends like These and Little Pink Slips, inspired by being editor-in-chief of McCall’s Magazine, as well as a non-fiction book, Slouching Toward Adulthood. Her articles and essays appear frequently in magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, More, Real Simple, O the Oprah Magazine, The Guardian and Readers’ Digest. She has been a frequent teacher at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College and the JCC of Manhattan through the New York Writers Workshop, for whom Koslow facilitates book “pitch” conferences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating Graphic Novels

Instructor: Alissa TorresAlissa Torres_0

 

April 8

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Part lecture, part hands-on exercises, in this class we will explore the powerful genre of the graphic novel.  Please bring a notebook (preferably unlined), and

pens or pencils with erasers.

 

Bio/List of Publications:  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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing for Stage and Screen

Charlie SchulmanInstructor: Charlie Schulman

 

April 15

6:30 – 8:30 pm

 

In this workshop each participant will write a short exercise that engages all the elements of a dramatic scene. Particular attention will be paid to dialogue, character, the structure of a scene and the fundamentals of dramatic writing. Each participant will also learn how to craft a compelling feature-length three-act structured movie idea from a newspaper article.

 

Bio/ Credits:  Charlie Schulman teaches at New York University and is on the MFA faculty at Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing. He is the writer and producer of the new musical “The Goldstein Variations” that will appear Off-Broadway this spring. He also writes for film and television.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scene of the Crime:

How to Write a Detective Novel or Short Story

 

Charles Salzberg Pensive 3Instructor: Charles Salzberg

April 22

6:30 – 8:30 pm.

 

 

Crime fiction has always been thought of as genre fiction, but is it? Shouldn’t all good fiction contain elements of mystery and suspense, otherwise why would we bother to turn to the page to find out what’s going to happen next? In this class we will discuss the elements necessary to create a crime novel or short story, how to begin, how to plot, how to create character, and how, perhaps most important, to create suspense.  There will be a short writing exercise which will focus on either writing the first paragraph of a crime story or what the crime might be.

 

Bio/List of Publications:  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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Secrets of Writing Essays

KirchnerInstructor: Lisa Kirchner

 

April 29

6:30 – 8:30 pm

To write an essay, all you need is a story. In this class we’ll look at the kind of stories that get published and why. We’ll use that as a springboard to get you started on writing your own personal essay.

 

Bio/List of Publications:  Lisa L. Kirchner is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Hello, American Lady Creature: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar (Greenpoint Press, May 2014). Between gigs with The Andy Warhol Museum, Ketchum Public Relations and her own consulting firm, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon.com, BUST Magazine, xoJane.com, Budget Travel, Kirkus Reviews and The New York Post among numerous other publicationsIn 2004, she attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her flash essay, “My Husband: My Moto,” appeared in the compilation Learning to Love You More (Prestel Publishing, 2007). Her interview with Xavier Dolan will appear in Bomb magazine’s forthcoming anthology (BOMB, 2014), and her essay “(My) Change in the Middle East,” appears in The Man Who Ate His Book: The Best of Ducts (Greenpoint Press, 2013). She currently lives in New York City.

 

 

 

 

Online Registration Required

 

 Please click HERE for the Mid-Manhattan Library registration page for more details.

 Address of Mid-Manhattan Library:

 

455 Fifth Avenue (at 40th Street)
New York, NY 10016-0122

 

 

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