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    Call for Submissions: Stories Out of School Contest

    July 28, 2020

    The Academy for Teachers created its Stories Out of School flash fiction contest to inspire honest, unsentimental stories about teachers and the rich and complex world of schools.

    The winning story comes with a $1000 prize and publication in the print edition of A Public Space. Runners-up receive a subscription to A Public Space, our partner in the contest. 

    This year’s judge is Jonathan Lethem, the author of eleven novels, including The Fortress of SolitudeChronic CityThe Feral Detective, and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and last year became a major motion picture starring Ed Norton. 

    You can read past winners of the contest here

    Submission Guidelines

    • The story’s protagonist, or its narrator, must be a K-12 teacher. 
    • Stories must be between 6 and 749 words and previously unpublished.
    • You need not be a teacher to submit, but you do need to be over the age of eighteen.
    • Use 12-point Arial font and double space.
    • One submission per writer.
    • All submissions must be PDFs.
    • Sentimentality is discouraged and education jargon is forbidden.

    Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

    Make your submission here.

    Winners will be announced in January 2021.

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    Youth Voices Collaborative Writing Contest

    July 28, 2020

    Know a youth who keeps a journal or loves to write?  Encourage them to share their perspective in this writing contest for young people who have had experience with the juvenile justice system. Their opinion can help the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) create better experiences for other young people who come through the system!

    Four winners will each receive a prize of $250.

    Who is eligible: Youth ages 14-19 with current or previous juvenile or criminal justice experience.

    Youth must write an essay answering one of two essay questions. (See below.)

    Their complete entry, including the form and essay, must be submitted online by September 1, 2020. 

    CHOOSE ONE ESSAY TOPIC. PLEASE KEEP YOUR ESSAY BETWEEN 250-500 WORDS.

    Essay #1:  Write a letter to the head of the facility or program you were in. What is a change the institution can make to better support youth while they are inside and prepare them for release? Why would this make a difference? How would it help young people?
    or
    Essay #2:  Write a story about a time when a staff member asked the right question or did the right thing. What did they do or say? How did if help? How did it make you feel? 

    Enter the contest online: bit.ly/yvc-contest
    Deadline: September 1, 2020

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    The NYCWP Writers’ Residency Summer 2020

    June 16, 2020

    In the style of Writers’ Residencies, the New York City Writing Project (NYCWP) has designed the Summer Writers’ Residency to foster the teacher-as-writer as they engage in an intensive and intimate writing workshop experience. Writers will read, write, workshop, and learn together to improve their writing craft and explore publication options. Writers of all levels are encouraged to apply. Past residency participants may join this residency program.

    When: July 13 – August 6, 2020, 10am – 1pm

    Who: Two Cohorts of Writers meeting on either Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs

    Where: Online, on Zoom

    Cost: $300 for Summer Residency

    The residency offers participants the opportunity to:

    • Enjoy dedicated time to write in the genre of their choice;
    • Explore and improve their craft in a community of writers;
    • Consider aspects of craft, style, and form;
    • Engage in focused workshop sessions to provide and receive feedback;
    • Read selections chosen with their writing style in mind;
    • Study craft essays and try out new techniques together;
    • Learn about publication opportunities with the NYCWP and elsewhere;
    • And more!

    Facilitators: Alan Holt and Mallory McMahon

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    The NYCWP Writing Together #4 & #5

    June 11, 2020

    Please join us for the NYCWP Writing Together #4 and #5!

    In the tradition of the Writing Project, we will offer a variety of interactive prompts to support writing as well as the ever-present opportunity to let your pen take you in any direction. We will conclude our session together by asking for your input about the best ways for us to continue to write together and how we can support you as we all move forward during these times.

    As part of the NYCWP, you are a member of a unique community of caring educators. Let’s continue to strengthen our community by sharing this experience as writers together.

    Please join us on Wednesday, June 17th at 7:05 pm or Thursday, June 25th at 7:05 pm. We will conclude at 9 pm, but feel free to join for as long as you’re able.

    Please RSVP above, and we will follow up with the details to join us on Zoom. We are aware of the concerns around Zoom security at this time, so if joining a Zoom session presents an issue for you, please feel free to email me (jane@nycwritingproject.org). At the end of our session, we will discuss next steps and we will include using Zoom in that conversation.

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    The NYCWP Writing Together #3

    April 30, 2020

    Please join us for The NYCWP Writing Together #3!

    In the tradition of the Writing Project, we will offer a variety of interactive prompts to support writing as well as the ever-present opportunity to let your pen take you in any direction. We will conclude our session together by asking for your input about the best ways for us to continue to write together and how we can support you as we all move forward during these times.

    As part of the NYCWP, you are a member of a unique community of caring educators. Let’s continue to strengthen our community by sharing this experience as writers together.

    Please join us on Friday, May 22nd at 7:05 pm. We will conclude at 9 pm, but feel free to join for as long as you’re able.

    Please RSVP here, and we will follow up with the details to join us on Zoom. We are aware of the concerns around Zoom security at this time, so if joining a Zoom session presents an issue for you, please feel free to email me (jane@nycwritingproject.org). At the end of our session, we will discuss next steps and we will include using Zoom in that conversation.

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    The NYCWP Writing Together #2

    April 30, 2020

    Please join us for The NYCWP Writing Together #2!

    In the tradition of the Writing Project, we will offer a variety of interactive prompts to support writing as well as the ever-present opportunity to let your pen take you in any direction. We will conclude our session together by asking for your input about the best ways for us to continue to write together and how we can support you as we all move forward during these times.

    As part of the NYCWP, you are a member of a unique community of caring educators. Let’s continue to strengthen our community by sharing this experience as writers together.

    Please join us on Friday, May 8th at 7:05 pm. We will conclude at 9 pm, but feel free to join for as long as you’re able.

    Please RSVP here, and we will follow up with the details to join us on Zoom. We are aware of the concerns around Zoom security at this time, so if joining a Zoom session presents an issue for you, please feel free to email me (jane@nycwritingproject.org). At the end of our session, we will discuss next steps and we will include using Zoom in that conversation.

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    The NYCWP Writing Together

    April 13, 2020

    In these days of crisis, we find ourselves in our separate spaces, busy with remote teaching and tending to the very real needs of our students and our families, while dealing with our own thoughts. In this time, the NYC Writing Project would like to invite you, our friends, to come together as a community.
    Please join us for The NYCWP Writing Together, an opportunity for all of us to write and share our stories. In the tradition of the Writing Project, we will offer a variety of interactive prompts to support writing as well as the ever-present opportunity to let your pen take you in any direction.
    We will conclude our session together by asking for your input about the best ways for us to continue to write together and how we can support you as we all move forward during these times.
    As part of the NYCWP, you are a member of a unique community of caring educators. Let’s continue to strengthen our community by sharing this experience as writers together.
    Please join us on Friday, April 17th at 7:30-9:00pm. We will conclude at 9pm, but feel free to join for as long as you’re able.

    Please RSVP here, and we will follow up with the details to join us on Zoom. We are aware of the concerns around Zoom security at this time, so if joining a Zoom session presents an issue for you, please feel free to email me (jane@nycwritingproject.org). At the end of our session, we will discuss next steps and we will include using Zoom in that conversation.

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    The NYCWP is here for you!

    March 31, 2020

    Dear NYCWP Community, 

    I’m reaching out today to let you know that the NYCWP staff and teacher consultants are thinking of all of you. We know that now more than ever we need one another to navigate these very challenging days. 

    To meet the many needs of our community and to support those seeking community now, we want you to know that the NYCWP is developing opportunities to connect so we can continue to support you as you develop ways to continue teaching remotely. 

    We’re also very anxious to connect as a community, so we can support one another by sharing our stories, ideas, and practices, and most importantly, to find ways to write together. 

    Please stay tuned to our website www.nycwritingproject.org, the listserv and our FaceBook page for details and upcoming dates. 

    Hoping you and yours are safe and well. 

    We look forward to connecting soon, 

    Jane Kehoe-Higgins and the New York City Writing Project Teacher Consultants

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    May 29, 2020: Teens Take the MET!

    February 28, 2019

    The New York City Writing Project is teaming up again with the Metropolitan Art Museum for Teens Take the Met on Friday, May 29, 2020, 5:00 – 8:00pm.

    Grab your friends and take over The Met for the night. Drop in for teen-only activities across the Museum including art making, performances, music, and more. Free and open to all teens 13+ with a middle or high school ID.

    For more information, visit the Met’s website, here.

    Reservations are not required, but strongly encouraged.

    Click here to register.