Public Workshops

Put pen to paper and see what happens. Join NY Writers Coalition for a free, drop-in writing workshop available to the general public. These writing groups are open to writers of all genres – poetry, fiction, memoir, and anything else – and even to those who think they’re not writers! Writing supplies will be provided, so just bring yourself. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experiences levels are welcome. No advance sign-up or fee is required unless otherwise stated.

These workshops focus on generating new writing in a supportive environment. Each week your workshop leader will supply writing prompts, but feel free to ignore the prompt, and write on your own. You are invited to share what you have written during the session, but this is not a requirement. To ensure that everyone in your writing group is on equal footing, please do not bring previously written manuscripts to be critiqued. Learn more about NYWC’s workshop method here.


Queens Library at Broadway (40-20 Broadway, Astoria, on the border of LIC)
Saturdays @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
NOTE: This workshop meets biweekly. Contact library for dates.

Queens Library at Cambria Heights (218-13 Linden Blvd, Cambria Heights)
Saturdays @ 2:30-4:30 p.m. ON HIATUS until 10/19.



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Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch (10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights)
Mondays @ 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays @ 6:00-8:00 p.m. NOTE: This is a bilingual workshop (Spanish), but all are welcome. / Este es un taller de escritura bilingüe, pero todos son bienvenidos.


Brooklyn Public Library, Cortelyou Branch (1305 Cortelyou Road, Flatbush / Ditmas Park)
Fridays @ 2:30-3:30 p.m. for kids (ages 5-12). 

Brooklyn Public Library, Kensington Branch (4207 18th Ave, Kensington)
Fridays @ 4:15-5:15 p.m. for teens (ages 13-18).

Brooklyn Public Library, Eastern Parkway Branch (1044 Eastern Pkwy, Crown Heights)
Mondays @ 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Public Library, Walt Whitman Branch (93 St Edwards St, Fort Greene)
Mondays @ 11-1 p.m. from 6/03-7/22

Making a Fist (Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
Thursdays @ 6:00-8:00 p.m.
NOTE: This is a self-care workshop for people of color. Sign-up is required. Find out more here.

Manuscript Critique Workshop (NYWC Office at 80 Hanson Pl, Suite 604, Brooklyn)
Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 p.m. October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 / November 6, 13, 20 / December 4, 11
NOTE: This workshop prioritizes people of color. RSVP by emailing the workshop leader at



nypl logoAndrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library (40 West 20th Street, Chelsea / Flatiron)
Saturdays @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
NOTE: This is a workshop for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, but all are welcome.

St. Agnes Library (444 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side)
Thursdays @ 5:30-6:45 p.m.
This workshop meets biweekly. Contact library for dates.