2023 BWP Year-Round Programming

All About Love: A Book Club & Writing Workshop

In this book-club style writing workshop, we’ll read and discuss bell hooks’ seminal text, All About Love: New Visions.

Black Love, Period.

In this two-week workshop, we will center Black love *apart* from the lens of white patriarchal culture and commercialized ideations. Participants will examine poems by Black writers on the topic of “loving," participate in brief discussions, and then respond to generative prompts in whatever genre feels best. The poets whose work we’ll explore include Nikki Giovanni, Jasmine Mans, Warsan Shire, and Danez Smith.

A Conversation with Karisma Price: Author of I’m Always So Serious

Join NY Writers Coalition’s Operations Director Judith Ohikuare in a conversation with Price about crafting unforgettable poems, the triumphs and travails of becoming a first-time author, working with different artistic media, and more.

Blossom: Revision Made Beautiful with Michele Gilliam

This workshop is designed to provide space for your writing to reach its full potential—whatever the intended audience. This will be a nonfiction revision workshop, including (but not limited to) journalism, essays, memoir, and biography/autobiography. Black writers of all levels are encouraged to sign up. Workshop guidelines and a syllabus will be shared beforehand and the first workshop will feature an in-depth discussion of all materials and expectations participants have for Blossom.

Brother to Brother

This workshop is for Black men (of both cis & trans experiences) to create with other Black men. This will be a writing space where Black men can explore language, hopes, dreams, and fears in a community eager to pour into each other. Writers of all genres are welcome. 

Get Me Embodied: Shapeshifting through Poetry, Short Stories, & Myths

What does shapeshifting mean as a Black femme? What spells are necessary to inspire more harmony between the body and soul, in a society that is at odds with the multiplicity of Black femme and nonbinary bodies? What does it mean to be self-possessed? This space investigates these ideas and so much more, through speculative literature from Black femme and nonbinary writers. Together we’ll discuss enchanting works of art that challenge white, heteropatriarchal ideas around embodiment. We’ll answer for ourselves what it means to reside in our bodies, how to expand our existences, and the endless possibilities of who—or what—we can become.

NYWC Presents Forgive Me Not: Jennifer Baker In Conversation with Caits Meissner

Join us as we host a virtual conversation between Jennifer Baker and writer Caits Meissner, editor of The Sentences That Create Us: Crafting A Writer’s Life in Prison, and the former director of Prison and Justice Writing at PEN America. They’ll discuss Baker’s latest book, Forgive Me Not and its themes and will open up for an audience Q&A at the end!