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Frequently Asked Questions



  • Who attends New York Writers Workshop classes?

Everyone, from the age of 16 (so far, that’s the youngest), to octogenarians who stop counting at 80. We pull in people from all five NYC boroughs, as well as areas of Long Island, Westchester and Putnam Counties, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

  • What levels do you teach?

We have courses for people who’ve never written anything, and we have courses for people who’ve published books, articles, stories, and poems, and we have courses for writers in between those stages. Each Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer roster includes at least one workshop at each level.

  • Who attends New York Writers Workshop pitch conferences?

People from all over the country and all over the world have attended our Non-Fiction Pitch and our Perfect Pitch Fiction Conferences. We’ve had university students, university professors, university drop-outs. The age range varies widely, from a middle school student (at one of the Children’s/Young Adult sections of our Fiction Pitch Conference) to retirees. The only requirement is a book idea that we think might be of some interest to publishers.

  • Do you offer scholarships?

In cases of demonstrated need, we make every effort to make our services available.

  • Do you have online courses?

Yes. Please check the Classes page frequently for availability.

  • Do you do any community outreach?

One of our proudest accomplishments is the ongoing series of workshops we offer for free at various branches of the New York Public Library. We hope to reach out further, into schools, prisons, hospitals, homes for the elderly, police precincts, and in particular to veterans’ groups. Any suggestions, please contact us (newyorkwritersworkshop@gmail.com).

  • Who attends the free workshops New York Writers Workshop offers at the New York Public Library?

Whoever signs up first at the branch. We maintain waiting lists, and we try to accommodate everyone interested, but these workshops are popular and fill early.

  • Do you ever teach outside New York City?

As much as we can. We’ve consulted in Singapore, run workshops in Thailand, the Philippines, Italy, Kansas, upstate New York, and Connecticut. Again, any suggestions, please contact us (newyorkwritersworkshop@gmail.com).

  • Do you accept donations?

Eagerly. New York Writers Workshop is part of New York Writers Resources, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (which means donations are tax-deductible). If you would like to donate, make out your check to New York Writers Resources, Inc. and send it to us at P. O. Box 2062, Lenox Hill Station New York, NY 10021.