Tell Your Story Campaign: Spotlight on Melissa Petro

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“Telling stories is said to increase a person’s agency, giving them the strength to understand their circumstances and make choices about their next steps. It’s true. I changed my life and transitioned out of sex work to become a public school teacher as a result of writing and sharing my story.”

Tell Your Story Campaign: Spotlight on Leah Falk


When people write in the same room at the same time, and when they listen to each other’s writing, a particular alchemy takes place — friendships form, fears are banished, and seemingly ordinary stories gain new importance just by being written down.

NYWC Tell Your Story Campaign returns: Spotlight on Elena Schwolsky

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Cosechando Cuentos (Harvesting Stories) brings together immigrant women who are members of worker-owned cooperatives in my neighborhood of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. “Somos todas escritoras!” –we read aloud in Spanish from the principles of the NYWC at our first meeting—and then pens to paper we write and become writers together.

Write in Green-Wood Cemetery

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NYWC teams up with Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery again to offer an 8-week series of free, creative writing workshops within the cemetery gates. Registration is now open, so reserve your spot today!

Go all in for NYWC!

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Do you have what it takes to go head-to-head with a 3x World Series of Poker champion? Find out at NYWC’s charity poker tournament benefiting our free creative writing programs in New York City. Monday, July 20 @ 7-11pm at One Mile House.