On January 6, 2021, an attempted coup intended to uphold the fascism and white supremacy that has defined the Trump administration was displayed on news channels everywhere. All of this is unprecedented, and many are struggling with how to endure during these trying times, especially as we continue to grapple with the global pandemic and the economic depression it has left in its wake.
NY Writers Coalition is rooted in providing space for writers from historically disenfranchised populations, and this past summer, following the Movement for Black Lives uprisings, NYWC created writing workshops exclusively for Black writers. These workshops eventually morphed into a more comprehensive Black Writers Program, using it’s capacity to provide space for enhanced development, opportunity, and growth for Black writers, irrespective of identity or experience. NYWC has the capacity and the experience to help communities respond to crisis, and we don’t intend to stop now.
Do you need a safe space to process the most recent crisis? Do you yearn to be in community during a time that has forced supreme solitude for so many? Or do you just need some time set aside to get some writing done? This “emergency" workshop may be born out of response to the events that transpired earlier in the year, but it will follow all of the guidelines of the NYWC model and will be open to all writers, regardless of race, class, creed, or gender identity. The goal of the workshop is simply to provide additional space for people who need it during a time of crisis.