Announcing the 2017 Write-A-Thon!

Registration for NY Writers Coalition’s 12th Annual Write-A-Thon is officially open! Join us for a full day of writing, inspirational craft sessions, camaraderie, NYWC’s signature writing workshops, and bottomless pots of coffee! It all goes down Saturday, October 7 @ 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at The Writers Room, New York City’s first shared work space for emerging and established writers of all genres (740 Broadway, Manhattan). Register HERE!

About the Day

Imagine a room buzzing with the energy of writers who have come together to devote an entire day to their writing – YOU can use the day doing what your writing requires of you that day! Generate new material. Revise a piece you’ve been working on. Delve into research. Submit a finished piece for publication. Attend a free NYWC-style writing workshop. Sit back and free write. Or a combination of all of the above.

If spending an entire day writing seems a bit daunting, don’t fret. NYWC will provide support along the way. We offer a Writers’ First Aid Station, fully stocked with writing prompts and suggestions, plus opportunities to write with others in NYWC’s signature creative writing workshops. There will also be lots coffee to keep you energized, a break room full of snacks and good company, and Wi-Fi throughout the space.

There will also be some pretty sweet prizes: a six-month, full-time membership to The Writers Room and a one-week, all-expenses-paid residency at the Wassaic Artist Residency in the quintessential Hudson Valley. There will be other great prizes donated by our partners, along with Wi-Fi throughout the space, a break room full of snacks, and food and coffee (caffeine!) provided by the ever-lovely Joe Coffee Company and The Greene Grape.

2017 Write-A-Thon Keynote Speaker

Liza Jessie Peterson is a renowned actress, poet, playwright, educator and activist who has been steadfast in her commitment to incarcerated populations both professionally and artistically, but specifically with adolescent boys and girls detained at Rikers Island for eighteen years. She has worked as a program counselor for the Department of Corrections, a reentry specialist, a teaching artist (with poetry and theater), GED instructor for the Board of Education at Rikers Island, and a life skills workshop facilitator. She was recently featured in Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th (Netflix) and was a consultant on Bill Moyers documentary RIKERS (PBS).

She has written several plays, including The Peculiar Patriot, which she performed excerpts of at over 35 penitentiaries across the country and opened for Angela Davis at Columbia University’s conference on mass incarceration.

Also known for her exceptional poetic skills, Liza began her poetry career at the Nuyorican Poets Café and was a vital member of the enclave of notable poets who were part of the “underground slam poetry” movement. It was this electric group of artists that inspired Russell Simmons to bring “spoken word” to HBO where Liza appeared on two episodes of Def Poetry

As an actress Liza appeared in several feature films: Love the Hard Way (co-starring with Pam Grier and Adrien Brody), Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, K. Shalini’s A Drop of Life, and Jamie Catto’s What About Me.

Liza’s first book, ALL DAY; A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island is available in bookstores now.


What Writers Say about the Write-A-Thon

A room full of people writing together, workshop leader included, and a sense that no matter what happened on the page in front of you, everything [is] going to be okay…Writing was both read and listened to, as if it were a small gift, probably fragile, and meant to be opened carefully and with gratitude.
—Susan Fedynak, Writer and NYWC Workshop Leader

I signed up for my first Write-A-Thon because I’m a nerd and not much of an athlete and I’d always been jealous of my friends who did marathons and bike races for charity…There is something truly thrilling and unique about writing for a good cause, something you know if you’ve already signed up for the Write-A-Thon.
—Carley Moore, Author of The Stalker Chronicles

If you’re debating what good the Write-A-Thon will do you, maybe you should make the commitment to yourself to just sit down, and show up. Bring a cushion and give your dreams a voice. You will never know what could happen if you don’t ask for it.
—Kate Payne, Author of Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen


Thank you to our sponsors!

NYWC’s 12th Annual Write-A-Thon is hosted by The Writers Room



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