NYWC’s workshop method is designed to reduce competition among writers and allows writers of all backgrounds, ages, experience levels, and genres to work together and grow as writers. Writers in NYWC workshop are offered the opportunity to generate new writing in a supportive environment, and workshop size is limited to ensure that each member receives enough time and attention. Many of our workshops use the Amherst Writers and Artists writing workshop method, created by Pat Schneider and described in her book Writing Alone and With Others.
What happens during a NYWC Workshop?
Each week a NYWC-certified workshop leader supplies writing prompts to the writing group, but workshop members are free to ignore the prompt and write on their own.
Workshop participants write together during the workshop and receive positive, supportive feedback. We do not critique brand new writing because the writer has not yet had a chance to read or revise it. In addition, it is assumed that all writing done in the workshop is fictional.
Workshop leaders also write as part of the group, providing a model for taking risks and showing vulnerability in a group setting. These guidelines ensure that participants feel safe to write and read aloud even the riskiest material.
NYWC workshops provide structure for writers to produce new work on a regular basis. Writers are given the freedom to find and strengthen their individual and unique voices and are encouraged to experiment with form, style, and new genres. Workshop members become part of a creative community, easing some of the isolation that they and those in marginalized groups often encounter.