Through partnerships with local social service organizations, NY Writers Coalition provides weekly workshop opportunities for youth and adults in New York City in three core programs: our Criminal Justice Program, Health & Wellness Program, and Youth Program. 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. Click here for more information about NYWC’s Public Programs.
Criminal Justice Program
- Rikers Island, Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC): Workshop for women in jail.
- Stay N Out/Serendipity: Residence in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for formerly incarcerated women seeking substance abuse treatment, operated by NY Therapeutic Communities.
Health & Wellness Program
- Ali Forney Center: A day center with support services for homeless LGBT youth in Manhattan.
- 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.
- 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.
- 14th Street Y- Educational Center for Retired Adults: Two workshops for older adults, center operated by The Educational Alliance.
- Isabella Geriatric Center: Workshop for seniors at a geriatric and rehabilitation facility in Manhattan’s Washington Heights section.
- Prime Time: Workshop for older adults at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
- SAGE: Two workshops at Manhattan community center for GLBT elders.
- VISIONS: Workshop for blind seniors in a residence for the blind and visually impaired 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 Public Library, Coney Island Branch: Program for teens in Coney Island.
- Brooklyn Public Library, Cortelyou Branch: Program for children in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
- Brooklyn Public Library, Kensington Branch: Program for children ages 11-13 in Kensington, Brooklyn.
- Cooke Center: Workshop for young adults with special needs enrolled in a program that focuses on life skills, academics, and vocational skills.
- Fort Greene Park Summer Workshops and Literary Festival: Summer-long, outdoor writing workshops for 40 young people aged 6-18 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
- 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.
- New Alternatives: Workshop for homeless LGBTQ youth in the West Village
- Novel Writing for Kids: A monthly workshop for kids at the Brooklyn Public Library, Bay Ridge Branch.
- Ridge Kids & Ridge Girls: Program for younger children and teenage girls at the Brooklyn Public Library, Bay Ridge Branch.
- Rikers Island, Robert N. Davoren Complex (
RNDC): Workshop for young men, age 16-17, in jail
- South Brooklyn Children’s Garden: Workshop for kids aged 6 – 8 in this community garden.
- The Brook: Workshop for low-income adults, formerly homeless and people with HIV/AIDS living in supportive housing.
- Center for Family Life: Spanish language workshop for Coalition of Cooperatives participants.
- Housing + Solutions: Workshop for formerly homeless women living in transitional housing.
- The Prince George: Workshop for low-income adults, formerly homeless and people with HIV/AIDS living in supportive housing.