The Writers Studio- Special Offer for the Writers Studio Community & Other Things

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The Original School of Creative Writing and Thinking
Special Offer for the Writers Studio Community
Nell Painter and Vivian Gornick in Conversation
Monday, July 23 at 6:30 PM

Join historian-turned-artist Nell Painter for an intimate conversation with acclaimed writer Vivian Gornick about the joys and challenges of turning one’s lived experiences into written narrative. In her new book, Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over(Counterpoint, June 2018), Painter explores questions of gender, race, and what it means to be an artist through her journey of attending art school after her retirement from Princeton University as an American history professor.

Reception and book signing to follow.  

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St.
Writers Studio: Use code MEMOIR1 for $10 tickets
Register here.

Limited Time Special Offer
Tutorials
Register for a full 10-session tutorial and receive your choice of any 10 selections from the Craft Class Archive.

The Writers Studio Craft Class Archive includes nearly 30 years of recordings of Craft Class lectures taught by Philip Schultz, various Writers Studio teachers and distinguished authors. Listen in as the lecturer identifies the techniques at play in published work — both contemporary and classic—and helps students discover and closely study how literary writers achieve their artistic goals. Browse through the classes, or search by author, title, or teacher.

If you want an intensive private, one-on-one 10-session tutorial with a professional Writers Studio teacher, register for a tutorial. More info here. Or write to Lisa Badner with questions.

Register Now
Online Maintaining Your Creative Spirit:
Writing Through Constant Disruptions From The Outside World
Class Starts July 19

How to deal with the constant disruptions of this present political climate? How to tolerate the constant badgering of one’s inner life, to safe-keep the preciousness of one’s very thoughts? Writers have always dealt with these questions, in the best and worst of times, and these, as many would agree, are certainly among the most challenging. We explore

  • Writing when you feel like screaming
  • Writing when the political / cultural conflict we are in makes it seem a) impossible to write or b) necessary to write and you don’t know how to start
  • Writing when you ask yourself whether it is worth while to even try to write in these times
Class open to people new to The Writers Studio as well as current and former Writers Studio students.
Six-week class starts July 19.
More info and registration here.

 

Register Now, Space is Limited
NYC Memoir:
How To Make Your Story Interesting to Readers
Class Starts Next Wednesday, July 11What is so challenging about writing a memoir is that you are asking yourself to take the charged events of your life and shape them aesthetically, so they appeal to a reader, a reader who doesn’t know you and doesn’t necessarily care what happened to you – unless you can make them.

Using the tried and true Writers Studio method, we will closely examine the work of writers who have been able to turn their very personal subjective stories into memoirs that are transcendentally universal. How did writers like Ed Hirsch, Annie Dillard or Joan Didion create a persona narrator who could tell their story? The answer, of course, is that successful memoir writers are able to think of themselves as characters in a story. In this eight-week course we will dive deeply into the techniques that served as a handrail for writers dealing with personal trauma. Each week we will read and emulate a different voice that has used first person to unlock the emotional power of a story or poem.

Class is open to people new to The Writers Studio as well as current and former Writers Studio students.

Eight-week class starts July 11. More than half full.

More info and registration here.

Summer Classes, Very Few Spots Open
Online
Online Maintaining Your Creative Spirit with Lisa starts 7/19. Info and registration here.
NYC
NYC Level 1 with Scott started 6/25. Info and registration here. <You may enter up to two weeks late.>
NYC Memoir with Sylvie starts 7/11. Info and registration here.
Tucson
Tucson Intermediate with Philip starts 7/12. Info and registration here. <half full>
Tucson Advanced with Janelle starts 7/11. Info and registration here. 
Tucson Masters with Renee starts 7/10. Info and registration here. 
Upcoming Event
NYC Poetry Festival on the Chumley Stage
July 28 @ 2:30 PM 

Readings by Writers Studio Faculty Members 
Lisa Bellamy, Sherine Gilmour, Julianne Bond
Help celebrate the publication of Lisa Bellamy’s book, The Northway, forthcoming from Terrapin Books. 

July 28 and 29 Visit The Writers Studio Table
Say hi, and learn why The New York Times calls us “the most personal of the programs.” 
Colonel’s Row on Governor’s Island
Saturday July 28- Sunday July 29 11 AM – 6 PM

Free and Open to the Public
FB Event here.  NYC Poetry Festival info here.
Summer Opportunities

Gulf Coast
Barthelme Prize For Short Prose
Flash Fiction, Prose Poem, Micro Essay
Founded by Phillip Lopate and Donald Barthelme in 1986, Gulf Coast is a journal of literature, art, and critical art writing, publishing contributors who represent a flow of international cultures, voices, and aesthetics. Through programs and publications, and in collaboration with the University of Houston, Gulf Coast brings consequential art and writing to an engaged audience.”
The 2018 Barthelme Prize awards cash and publication for works of no more than 500 words. Laura van den Berg will judge. Deadline 8/15. Details here. 

Pank
Chapbook Contest

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Hybrid
“Pank fosters access to emerging and experimental poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers.” Currently reading manuscripts for publication in 2018 and 2019. Send up to 40 pages of poetry, 65 pages of prose. Details here.

Sugar House Review
Summer Submissions

Poetry
“We are excited to be some of the first people to see your work and to help the best of that work become available to a larger audience.” No deadline, but the number of monthly submissions is capped, so try to submit early. Details here.
The Hunger
Submissions for the Fall Issue
Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Experimental, Art, Photography
The Hunger publishes visceral writing. The theme of “hunger” is not confined only to food, but hungers and thirsts of all kinds: the craving for connection, the human need to be filled or emptied, the devastating desires that define our most alive moments. Hungers can be sexual, romantic, familial, individualistic, spiritual, creative, sorrowful, conflicted, humanistic, and/or existential.”
Deadline 8/15. Learn more about the magazine here. Submission details here. 
Survival
Poetry Reading is On The Rise
“In half a decade, the number of U.S. adults who are reading poetry has nearly doubled.” Read the article on the NPR website here.
NYC – Tucson – San Francisco – Online – Kids Write – Hudson Valley

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