Outreach Workshops

Through partnerships with local social service organizations, NY Writers Coalition provides weekly workshop opportunities for youth and adults in New York City in several core programs: Criminal Justice, Health & Wellness, Homeless & Formerly Homeless, LGBTQ, Women & Girls, and Youth. These workshops are free and part of long-term programs, with each writing group running a minimum of six months.

** If you’d like to bring NYWC workshops to your organization, please complete the Program Partner Inquiry form. PLEASE NOTE: The workshops listed below are not open to the public. For more information regarding our public programs, please click here. **

NOTE: Some workshops fall under more than one program category

Criminal Justice Programs

  • Rikers Island, Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC): Workshop for women currently incarcerated.
  • Rikers Island, George R. Vierno Center (GRVC): Workshop for men currently incarcerated.
  • Rikers Island, Robert N. Davoren Complex (RNDC): Workshop for young men, aged 16-17 yrs, currently incarcerated.
  • Stay N Out/Serendipity:  Residence in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for formerly incarcerated women seeking substance abuse treatment, operated by NY Therapeutic Communities.

Health & Wellness Programs

  • 14th Street Y- Educational Center for Retired Adults:  Two workshops for older adults, center operated by The Educational Alliance.
  • Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library: Workshop for visually impaired in branch of the New York Public Library in Chelsea.
  • CIDNY: Center for Independence of the Disabled, Manhattan, services for people with physical and mental disabilities.
  • Creative Center:  Workshop at arts center in Manhattan for people living with cancer.
  • Isabella Geriatric Center: Workshop for seniors at a geriatric and rehabilitation facility in Manhattan’s Washington Heights section.
  • NY Presbyterian Psychiatric Unit: Two workshops for inpatients in acute care in Manhattan hospital.
  • Port Morris Wellness Center: Workshop in a community clinic for patients undergoing treatment for opiate abuse/dependency on methadone maintenance. Clinic is South Bronx outpost of the Division of Substance Abuse of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
  • Prime Time:  Workshop for older adults at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
  • SAGE:  Two workshops at Manhattan community center for GLBT elders.
  • Stay N Out/Serendipity:  Residence in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for formerly incarcerated women seeking substance abuse treatment, operated by NY Therapeutic Communities.
  • VISIONS: Workshop for blind seniors in a residence for the blind and visually impaired in Manhattan.

Homeless & Formerly Homeless Programs

  • Ali Forney Center: A day center with support services for homeless LGBT youth in Manhattan.
  • The Brook: Workshop for low-income adults, formerly homeless and people with HIV/AIDS living in supportive housing.
  • The Prince George: Workshop for low-income adults, formerly homeless and people with HIV/AIDS living in supportive housing.
  • Turning Point: Workshop for young women ages 18-25 in a transitional housing facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

LGBTQ Programs

  • Ali Forney Center: A day center with support services for homeless LGBT youth in Manhattan.
  • SAGE:  Two workshops at Manhattan community center for LGBT elders.

Women & Girls Programs

  • GEMS: Workshop in a program that provides educational and mentoring services for girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. On Hiatus.
  • Rikers Island, Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC): Workshop for women currently incarcerated on Rikers Island.
  • Stay N Out/Serendipity:  Residence in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for formerly incarcerated women seeking substance abuse treatment, operated by NY Therapeutic Communities.
  • Turning Point: Workshop for young women ages 18-25 in a transitional housing facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
  • VOW (Voices of Women): Workshop for survivors of domestic abuse at the nonprofit organization in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Youth Programs

  • Ali Forney Center: A day center with support services for homeless LGBT youth in Manhattan.
  • Andrew Glover Youth Program: A program for first-time juvenile offenders, providing alternatives to incarceration.
  • Benjamin Banneker Academy: Workshops in an after school program at a high school in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
  • Brooklyn East Collegiate (BEAST): Workshop at middle-grade charter school in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
  • Fort Greene Park Summer Workshops and Literary Festival:  Summer-long, outdoor writing workshops for 40 young people aged 6-18 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Seasonal/annual.
  • GEMS: Workshop in a program that provides educational and mentoring services for girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. On Hiatus.
  • Rikers Island, Robert N. Davoren Complex (RNDC): Workshop for young men, aged 16-17 yrs, currently incarcerated.
  • Turning Point: Workshop for young women ages 18-25 in a transitional housing facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.