NYWC Workshops

NY Writers Coalition’s free virtual creative writing workshops offer community and art where writing experience is not necessary, and where writers of all levels of experience are welcome. Our work amplifies the voices of historically unheard and under-resourced individuals in our society, and we welcome people of all backgrounds.

Our workshops are based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method developed by Pat Schneider and are led by experienced, trained workshop leaders. Each week, participants will write a piece in response to optional prompts provided by the leader. You can write any genre and use this time however suits you best—to journal; make a to-do list; write a letter; create a poem, stories, essays, plays, or rants—or anything else that inspires you.

After the writing time has elapsed, participants have the option—although they are not required—to share their brand-new pieces. Those who choose to share will receive positive, supportive feedback; we do not critique brand-new writing because the writer has not yet had a chance to revise it. It is also assumed that all writing done in the workshop is fictional. These guidelines ensure that participants feel safe to write and read aloud even the most vulnerable material.

These writing workshops require a commitment of five or six weeks. If you are unable to commit to that timeframe, please do not reserve a space as your ticket purchase is transferrable but non-refundable. Additionally, please read our workshop guidelines and community agreements before registering for this or any other workshops.

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PRICE

$50 per session. Sliding scale discount codes are available: Use SAVE25 or SAVE50 at checkout. (Members receive an exclusive discount; inquire at members@nywriterscoalition.org.)  

5-Week Creative Writing Workshop With Marcie Wolfe

Tuesdays, February 27; March 5, 12, 19, 26; and April 2
(This workshop will not meet on March 19th.)
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

Register for Marcie’s workshop

6-Week Creative Writing Workshop With Takiyah Jackson

Sundays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 14
(This workshop will not meet on March 31st.)
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

Register for Takiyah’s workshop

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP LEADERS

MARCIE WOLFE

Marcie Wolfe is a life-long literacy educator and teacher of writing. She has written alongside adults and youth in schools, community-based programs, and universities. Marcie joined NYWC in 2018 after her retirement from Lehman College, CUNY, where she led an institute focused on literacy education. She was also the director of Lehman’s writing across the curriculum program and consulted nationally for education groups including the National Writing Project. In 2019 she led a memoir series for NYWC at the Kingsbridge Library and, since early 2020, has led a weekly workshop online.

Marcie strives to create a workshop space that supports the creativity and courage of participating writers. Prompts in her workshops often start with poetry or art. She is particularly interested in how visual arts can serve as an inspiration for writers and wanders New York City galleries and museums (and the internet) in search of beautiful and provocative images. A very casual memoir writer and art-maker, her own work mainly explores growing up in Brooklyn or struggling with the complexities of family and aging. She also surprises herself by writing a little flash fiction.

MICHAEL COONEY

Michael offers a welcoming space for every kind of writer. You will be free to experiment with any genre that appeals to you: poetry, fantasy, realistic fiction, creative non-fiction, and dialogues.

TAKIYAH JACKSON

It took a full lifetime before Takiyah would be able to identify herself as a writer. NYWC helped her find a writing community and so it must be said she is deeply grateful for the opportunity to write with everyone that shows up in one of her workshops. For her, it’s about community and co-creating a safe space to write.

Takiyah’s style was born out of a belief in the power of words along with the stories they tell. She often gets her prompts or workshop ideas from texts she’s read and remembered throughout the course of her healing journey. She receives the honor of being a safe space that allows others to bring their healing journeys to the page. That being said she is a big fan of the workshop guideline “treat the work as fiction." She “overstands” the importance of ensuring emotional distance between the writer and their work. When not facilitating writing workshops for NYWC and or writing, she is focused on her work and, most importantly, on helping her son find his way through this beautiful yet tricky world.

About NY Writers Coalition 

NY Writers Coalition (NYWC) is one of the largest community-based creative writing programs in the world. We partner with public and private institutions, social service agencies, and social justice organizations to provide unique, empowering ongoing weekly creative writing workshops throughout New York City. Our workshops are particularly targeted toward under-served people, including youth, seniors, women, LGBT communities, people living with disabilities, people who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated, or others with specialized needs. Writers participate in NYWC’s readings and their work is published in NYWC’s publications. If you would like to make a donation in support of NYWC, please click here.