The Original School of Creative Writing and Thinking
How Do You Write When You Feel Like Screaming? Online Maintaining Your Creative Spirit:
Writing Through Constant Disruptions From The Outside World
Class Starts This Thursday, July 19 2 Spots Open
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 taught by Lisa Bellamy starts July 19. More info and registration here.
Limited Time Special Offer
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.
Late Summer Memoir Class in San Francisco
How do you write a good memoir? You apply the narrative techniques of fiction and poetry: you take the fascinating, messy raw material of your life and build a frame for it. You distill. You find a voice that’s all you but that also offers you flexibility, perspective and the right counterbalance to the story’s content. What’s the best way to start? In this six-week class, we will do
close readings from an assortment of wildly varied but equally powerful memoirs – by memoirists ranging from Roxanne Gay to David Sedaris — to see how authors have solved these problems for themselves. Then you will try out these methods for yourselves to see which ones fit you best.Class is open to people new to The Writers Studio as well as current and former Writers Studio students.
Six-week class taught by Lorraine Babb starts August 2. More info and registration here.
Late Summer Class in San Francisco
Art Speaks to Art
What attracts you to a given work of visual art? How does it speak to you? Capture your imagination? How might you, a writer, borrow the persona and techniques used to create an intriguing piece of visual art to enlighten and invigorate your writing?
The class will build on The Writers Studio use of persona narrator, mood, tone, and other elements of craft. As such it is particularly suited to returning and continuing students. Instead of using another writer’s narrator, students will use a visual artist’s persona to tell their story. Students are free to work from any artwork they choose.Class is open to people new to The Writers Studio as well as current and former Writers Studio students.
Six-week class taught by Gail Ford starts August 8. More info and registration here.
Craft Class News Get a jump on your reading, the fall Craft Class reading list is now available. This term Philip Schultz will teach Franz Kafka, not to be missed. The reading list is here.Register for the fall Craft Class here.
Special Offer for the Writers Studio Community
Nell Painter and Vivian Gornick in Conversation
Monday, July 23 at 6:30 PMJoin 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
Details and tickets here.
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.
Opportunities For Writers PEN America Oral Literary Nonfiction
“The PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History recognizes a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement. The winner receives a $10,000 grant meant to help maintain or complete his or her ongoing project and will be honored at the annual PEN Literary Awards Ceremony in New York City.” Deadline August 15. Details here.
“What is it like to live in your body? We want work that answers this question.” Send up to five poems that have not previously been published (no more than 10 pages total). No deadline. Details here.
Sustainable Arts Foundation Award Award For Artists and Writers Who Are Parents
“We are inspired by anyone who is making creative work while raising a family…. This year, we will make awards of $5,000 each to twenty artists and writers. Additionally, we will name ten award finalists. Our awards offer unrestricted cash, and recipients can use the funds as they see fit.” Open to parents with offspring under age 18. Deadline August 31. Details here.
University of New Orleans Press Novel, Short Story Collection
“We are looking to publish the best novel/short story collection written this year.” Deadline 8/15. Details here.
Indiana Review Flash Fiction, Poetry Indiana Review sponsors the 2018 1/2K Prize. “Send us up to three pieces, 500 words or less, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Final Judges: Bryan Borland & Seth Pennington of Sibling Rivalry Press.” Deadline 8/15. Details here.
Kevin Young on News Hour
Watch a short interview with Kevin Young, the poetry editor of The New Yorker, as he talks about his engagement with the world as “a writer, editor and archivist.” Watch here.
Get a sneak peak at the fall lineup. Register now before prices increase.
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