NYWC’s 9th Annual Write-a-Thon FAQs

WAT Logo_Basic_250x250When and where is the 9th Annual Write-a-Thon happening?
This year’s Write-a-Thon kicks off Saturday, November 1 @ 10:00 a.m. at the Centre for Social Innovation (601 West 26th Street, Suite 325, Manhattan).

What happens at the NYWC Write-a-Thon?
You write. All day. You can also edit, share ideas, think, outline your next creative project or spend the day submitting your masterpieces for publication (There will be free Wi-Fi access).  It’s your day for your writing, so you can use it however you want.  You can come and go as you please, but doesn’t your writing deserve a full day?

What happens if I get writers block?
We have a Writer’s First Aid Station for acute cases.  We’ll also run our famous NYWC workshops throughout the day for inspiration.

Who will be this year’s lunchtime speaker?

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Julia Fierro

This year, we’re excited to welcome writer Julia Fierro to deliver the lunchtime pep/craft talk! 

Julia Fierro’s debut novel, Cutting Teeth, was included on “Most Anticipated Books of 2014″ lists by HuffPost Books, The Millions, Flavorwire, Marie Claire, and Library Journal​. Her work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Guernica, Poets & Writers, Ladies’ Home Journal, Glamour, Psychology Today, ​and other publications, and she has been profiled in the L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, The Observer, and The Economist.

In 2002, she founded The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and what started as eight writers meeting in her Brooklyn kitchen has grown into a creative home for over 25​00 writers. A graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Julia lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children where she teaches the post-MFA workshops at Sackett Street.

How do I sign up?
Registration for NYWC’s 9th Annual Write-a-Thon is now open! Register here by October 6 and take advantage of the early bird discount! Between now and November 1, raise or donate a minimum of $150 to participate. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you for a full day of writing. Tell them it will help you finish your novel, thesis, screenplay, tell-all memoir, or haiku. We have some pretty spectacular prizes for the top fundraisers. NYWC is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. All donations and money raised on behalf of NYWC are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Where does the money go?
NYWC’s Write-A-Thon is our annual fundraiser and helps us continue to provide free workshops in underserved communities throughout New York City.  We currently serve at-risk youth, the homeless, the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, seniors, people living with disabilities and major illnesses, immigrants, and many others. 

What can I win?
Well, you are guaranteed to leave with more words than you came with — a total win! We’ll have goody bags for all participants and the top fundraisers will have a chance to win great prizes, including a one-year membership to The Writers Room! Prizes are arriving at our office daily, and we’ll soon share this growing list of goodness.  So, set your goals high! You’ll be amazed at how many people want to support you and writing, and this is their chance!

Who is NY Writers Coalition?
Founded in 2002, NYWC has become one of the largest community writing  and social justice programs in the country. We provide free creative writing workshops throughout New York City, publish our workshop participants’ writing, and organize public readings of their work.

Writing with others in an atmosphere of respect and acceptance, participants discover the value of their own stories, gain confidence and a stronger sense of self and become less isolated from themselves and from society. By creating a community of writers and leaders from diverse backgrounds, we galvanize the voices of the marginalized and create opportunities for all writers to connect with the larger community. NYWC’s goal is to create an inclusive city, one that is aware of the diversity of voices within it and honors the lives of all of its citizens. Funds raised at the Write-a-thon will allow us to provide hundreds of our free workshops throughout the year. For more about NYWC, check out this nifty little video.

I don’t really write, but I still want to to contribute to the Write-A-Thon and NYWC. How can I do that?

Three Easy Ways

  • Support a Write-A-Thonner of your choosing here by donating to a 2014 fundraising page.
  • Donate a prize. This month we’re on the hunt for killer prizes for top fundraisers. If you or someone you know would like to donate a prize (entertainment tickets, writerly goods, gift certificates — pretty much anything), submit a prize donation here and we’ll get back to you to arrange pick-up/drop off.
  • Volunteer at the Write-A-Thon. If you have a talent for making coffee, dealing with people, setting up, cleaning up, or think you’d like to help out the day of the event (November 1) in any way, email info@nywriterscoalition.org. This amazing event happens year after year with the support of dozens of volunteers, so we want YOU!

For regular Write-a-Thon updates, check out NYWC’s Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @NYWriters (#writeathon). We will be posting fun contests and giving more information leading up to the big day, so stay in the loop!



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