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NYWC Summer Youth Program

We’re happy to announce our NYWC Virtual Summer Youth Program! We’ll be offering a series of FREE creative writing workshops for New York City youths ages 10-18, but virtually through Zoom!

It will span for 6 weeks, with our first workshops starting on Saturday morning, July 11th. We’ll have another set of workshops on Tuesday afternoons starting on July 14th. We do want to note that kids and teens will be divided into different groups.


Saturdays / 10:30 am – 12:00 pm / July 11th – August 15th

Tuesdays / 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm / July 14th – August 18th

Please also share this news, with anyone who may be interested. It’s a great way to engage and encourage the creativity of kids and teens as they await the new school year.

At the moment we have reached capacity for the number of kids and teens to join. Sometimes there are participants who drop-out, which leaves spots open, so please fill out our form if you are still interested in having your child(ren) attend. This doesn’t guarantee a spot, but we will email ASAP if a spot opens up.


Email us at regarding any questions.

Our workshop for Essential Workers

Calling all of the amazing and hardworking individuals who are considered essential workers during this time, take a moment (when and if you’re able) to unwind and ground yourself with a creative writing workshop. From working in the medical field to being a delivery driver–if your occupation requires you to leave your home during COVID-19–you’re an essential worker. Come join us this summer and write with us, best of all it’s free.

To provide a safe and supportive space, we do require that those who plan to participate fill out a brief pre-workshop application.This is to ensure that only those who are essential workers join the workshop. If you are not an essential worker, please sign-up for our weekly general public virtual workshops. We don’t have a set date for the first workshop, since we’re in the starting phase, generating interest. Please spread the word to anyone in your life who may be interested! Participants from all over are welcome!



The Words Between Us: A Drop-in Workshop for Black Writers

We’re so excited to announce that we’re expanding our The Words Between Us series to a free drop-in workshop for Black writers of all gender identities.

It will be an NYWC-style workshop where our teaching artist, Alisha Acquaye will provide some original writing prompts to inspire participants in a safe and supportive space. There is only room for 20 participants max, so if you are unable to sign-up for the class on the 20th, there will be another class on July 4th.

We do want to note that this workshop does not tolerate any sexism, homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, ableism, colorism or any other -ism/-phobia not stated. As said before, we want to ensure that this is and stays a safe and supportive space.

The workshop will begin on Saturday, June 20th from 3:00-5:00 pm (EDT). We ask that all who are interested fill out our pre-workshop survey. After the form is submitted we will reach out as the workshop date draws closer with an email to sign-up through Eventbrite. This is in order to ensure this workshop stays a safe space for all attending.


Saturdays / 3:00 – 5:00 pm (EDT)
Drop-in session open to Black writers of all genders.
NYWC style, loose format with original prompts and no discussion. 20 participants max.
Will meet every other Saturday (7/11, 7/25…) unless otherwise stated


If you would like to learn more about our The Words Between Us workshop for Black Womxn, please click here. Registration for that workshop is now closed.

Alisha Acquaye is a writer, artist and event organizer with a passion for mutual empowerment across POC communities, and self-imagination as an instrument for resistance. Her work—ranging from journalism, creative nonfiction and multi-media collaboration—explores the relationships between art, identity, culture and intersectionality. Alisha is particularly inspired by the creative and afrofuturistic methods Black people use to reclaim their narratives, and self-care and community building as formative weapons against oppression.

In addition to documenting and storytelling, Alisha co-founded Sister Circle Brunch, a womxn of color event for sharing food and discussing self-care, and Unblended, a photo and interview series that celebrates the importance of Afro Asian friendships. You can find Alisha at and read her essays in Teen Vogue, GQ, Allure, OkayAfrica, ELLE, The Establishment, Catapult, and more.

Our 24-Hour Virtual Write-A-Thon!


Please join us on Saturday, June 6-7 for the 15th annual—and first-ever virtual—NYWC Write-A-Thon! It will be a 24-hour long celebration of writing, writers, and literature. All funds raised will directly boost NYWC’s WORKSHOP LEADER EMERGENCY FUND, supporting the working writers, freelancers, and activists who have been running free virtual NYWC workshops throughout the pandemic shutdown.

Click here to purchase your tickets outright.

To fundraise for your ticket, visit our peer-to-peer fundraising page here.

New!: Click here to see the full list of programming for our 24-hour Write-A-Thon


What happens at the NYWC Write-A-Thon? 

We will host workshops, give prompts, write together as a community, host events, and hold readings and author talks throughout the 24 hours. Most events will happen through Zoom, and additional materials will be made available online via our website. 

Several participation levels are available: the All-Access Pass allows you to attend all or any part of the entire Write-A-Thon—the best value for your wallet and creative muse! You can also purchase tickets for specific 6-hour blocks of programming, or for special prime-time programming. 

What is NY Writers Coalition? What do the funds that are raised support?

NYWC is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization launched in 2002 and one of the nation’s largest community writing organizations. Each year, we provide more than 1,000 free creative writing workshops for people not heard from often enough in our society. Our workshop members include youth, people with disabilities, court-involved and incarcerated individuals, seniors, women, LGBTQ communities, people in recovery, and many others. We are unique in the breadth and scope of our work and have been a model for other organizations bringing the power of creative writing to those in need. 

Immediately after the global pandemic forced us to curtail our in-person programs, NYWC stepped into the virtual space to provide free workshops open to anyone, to help bring connection, community, and creativity to those experiencing isolation. We’ve also re-launched about 30% of our in-person workshop virtually and created new workshops for those from underserved communities. 

One-hundred percent of the funds raised through the NYWC Write-A-Thon will go directly to our new Workshop Leader Emergency Fund, which provides stipends to our workshop leaders, many of whom are freelance writers, teaching artists, and others economically impacted by the current crisis. 

NYWC and the Write-A-Thon sound amazing. Tell me more about the event!

Write-A-Thon includes access to the following programming:

  • Creative writing workshops: A range of workshops to help support your writing practice. This includes chances to write together and share your new work with others in an NYWC-style workshop and attend craft talks and genre-specific workshops led by a diverse set of guest instructors. 
  • Mic Check: An open mic for you to share aloud something you wrote during the Write-A-Thon! Takes place at the end of each 6-hour block.
  • Virtual Co-Working Space: A Zoom room where you can write in community with fellow writers from all over the world. We will share a writing prompt every 30 minutes to help you keep going, as well as low-key writing challenges to help keep you motivated. 
  • Inspiration Station: A place to find all kinds of audio, visual, and text-based writing prompts, poems, links, and reading lists, for whenever you need a boost!
  • Special Events: Readings, writer talks, live chats, and panel discussions with writers, editors, agents, and publishers. We are still developing our schedule so stay tuned for email updates!

Who is scheduled to appear? 

This year’s speakers include: 

  • Libba Bray, the New York Times bestselling author of The Gemma Doyle trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing)
  • Jessica Bruder, a professor of narrative storytelling at Columbia Journalism School; New York Times contributor, and the author of Snowden’s Box Trust in the Age of Surveillance, Burning Book, and Nomadland
  • T Cooper, the author of seven novels, including the best-selling The Beaufort Diaries and Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes, with television writing credits on Netflix’s “The Get Down”, BBC America’s “Copper”, and a writer and consulting producer on NBC’s “The Blacklist”
  • Ricardo Cortés, an artist, writer,  New York Times best-selling illustrator (Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and Party: A Mystery by Jamaica Kincaid), and publisher
  • Glory Edim, the founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood.
  • Kaitlyn Greenidge, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the author of the award-winning novel We Love You, Charlie Freeman
  • Tiffany D. Jackson, author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated YA novel Allegedly and the forthcoming title GROWN
  • Alexis Henderson, author of the YA novel The Year of the Witching
  • Marian Fontana, a writer, author (A Widow’s Walk), and performer for over 25 years, whose work has appeared in The New YorkerVanity FairThe Guardian, and more, and who has been featured on “This American Life”, CNN, “Good Morning America”, and “All Things Considered”
  • Mira Jacob, author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, the graphic memoir Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, and cofounder of Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn
  • Carley Moore, poet, essayist, and author of The Not Wives, 16 Pills, Portal Poem, and The Stalker Chronicles.
  • Mary Morris, author of numerous works of fiction, including the novels The Jazz Palace, A Mother’s Love, and House Arrest, and of nonfiction, including the travel memoir Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone
  • Arthur Nersesian, author of the best-selling novel The Fuck Up and The Five Books of (Robert) Moses
  • Elena Nicolaou, the Culture Editor of and avid Bookstagrammer
  • Jennifer Pastiloff, creator of the hybrid yoga workshops “On Being Human”, author of the 2019 novel of the same name, and founder of the online magazine The Manifest-Station
  • Carl Hancock Rux, an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, essayist and recording artist
  • Vijay Seshadri, the author of the poetry books “Wild Kingdom,” “The Long Meadow,” “The Disappearances,” (Harper-Collins India), “3 Sections,” and “That Was Now, This Is Then” (forthcoming Fall, 2020), as well as many essays, reviews, and memoir fragments. His work has been widely published and anthologized and recognized with a number of honors, among them the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Nova Ren Suma, the author of A Room Away from the Wolves and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, both finalists for an Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel
  • Amanda Stern, the author of numerous books, including The Long Haul and Little Panic, and a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times MagazineThe Believer, and many more.
  • Johnny Temple, the publisher and editor in chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction

More names are being added every day, so check back here for updates!

How do I get friends and family to support my day of writing?

Glad you asked! If you’d prefer to participate with others’ support (rather than purchase a ticket outright), you can create a fundraising page here! Enlisting supporters can be a great way to hold yourself accountable for writing a certain number of hours or words.

Can I donate to support someone who can’t afford to attend? 

Absolutely. As a social justice organization committed to bringing the power of creative writing to everyone, we’ve created a special sponsorship ticket so that you can pay it forward so one of our workshop members and people economically affected by the global pandemic can attend for free.

If I can’t afford to attend, how can I join?

Email us at to apply for a scholarship. Include your name and contact info and information you feel comfortable sharing about yourself, your circumstances, and your writing practice that would help us allocate sponsored tickets. Priority will be given to members of NYWC in-person workshops from underserved/marginalized communities. 

Can I or my company become a sponsor of the event? 

Yes! See the “Sponsor tickets” section for more info and email

I’d like to volunteer and/or I am an author, agent, editor, or publisher interested in helping out. How can I get involved? 

Email us at and let us know more about you and how you’d like to participate. We may need Zoom room moderators/hosts, people to help with technical support, and others to ensure the event runs smoothly.


A special thank you to our sponsors, including:

Brooklyn Social Media

NYWC’s Virtual Mic Check 5/15/2020

NY Writers Coalition (NYWC) is hosting a virtual open mic night on Friday, May 15th, from 7 – 8 pm EDT hosted by Jon Sands!

In the spirit of our mission, we’re giving our workshop attendees and leaders the opportunity to share the writing they’ve created in our virtual workshops with the entire NYWC community—and the public!

To attend as a guest, register for the Zoom webinar, CLICK HERE

NYWC hosts three creative writing workshops per day, six days a week. Participants respond to prompts issued by the workshop leader and write for a designated amount of time. In our Mic Check events, participants and leaders will have the chance to share what they’ve written with the public. Each person will read for a max of three minutes.
NY Writers Coalition work amplifies the voices of historically unheard and under-resourced individuals in our society; we welcome people of all backgrounds into our free virtual creative writing workshops. No writing experience is necessary, and writers of all levels of experience are welcome. In each workshop, participants write a piece in response to optional prompts provided by the workshop leader. NYWC’s workshops are based on the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method developed by Pat Schneider and are led by an experienced, trained workshop leader.
Jon Sands is a winner of the 2018 National Poetry Series, selected for his second book, It’s Not Magic (Beacon Press, 2019). He is the author of The New Clean, the co-host of The Poetry Gods Podcast, and a curator for SupaDupaFresh, a monthly reading series at Ode to Babel in Brooklyn. His work has been featured in the New York Times, as well as anthologized in The Best American Poetry. He teaches at Brooklyn College, Urban Word NYC, and facilitates a weekly writing workshop for adults at Baily House, an HIV/AIDS service center in East Harlem. He tours extensively as a poet but lives in Brooklyn.