NYWC’s 8th Annual Write-a-Thon FAQs

WAT Logo_Basic_250x250When and where is the 8th Annual Write-a-Thon happening?
This year’s Write-a-Thon kicks off Saturday, September 21 @ 10:00 a.m. at the historic General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen Library (20 West 44th Street, 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?

Marian Fontana

This year, we’re honored to have writer, performer, and all-around kick a** person Marian Fontana deliver this year’s lunchtime pep/craft talk! 

Her memoir, A Widows Walk (Simon and Schuster, 2005), was on the New York Times best-selling biography list and received other praise. She’s been conquering the stage one play at time with Playwrights Horizons, the Vineyard Theater, Variety Arts, and more.  She recently performed stand-up comedy at Gotham, the Metropolitan Room and other venues — and come September 21, she’ll add the General Society Library to that list. Don’t miss this! Read more here.

How do I sign up?
Registration for NYWC’s 8th Annual Write-a-Thon is now open! Register here. Between now and September 21, 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 disconnected youth, the homeless, the incarcerated, and formerly incarcerated, veterans, people with disabilities, people suffering from major illness, immigrants, seniors, 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, like a gift certificates, memberships to work spaces for writers, and many more items! 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!

What 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 for at-risk and disconnected youth, the homeless and formerly homeless, the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, war veterans, people with disabilities, cancer and major illness, immigrants, seniors and other groups that have been historically deprived of voice in our society.  We also 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.

For regular Write-a-Thon updates, check out NYWC’s Facebook page, The Narrator, NYWC’s arts and social justice blog, and even 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!

NYWC’s 8th Annual Write-a-Thon is sponsored by

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