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    Join the NYCWP for Writing Together #3 with the Gateway Recreation Area and National Park

    January 5, 2021

    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.

    Continued from the Fall, join us for another evening of writing together. We will be inspired by photography of the beautiful natural landscapes, historical sites, and recreational areas of the Gateway Recreation Areas across New Jersey’s shores and New York City’s boroughs.

    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, January 13th at 7:00 – 8:30pm. We will conclude at 8:30 pm, but feel free to join for as long as you’re able.

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    NYCWP Spring Catalog

    December 29, 2020

    Spring Writers Residency

    This MFA-style workshop, designed for writers with works already in progress, draws participants through a series of intensive exercises, readings, and submissions of their own writing, toward a goal of improving and completing projects in various genres. Residents will be responsible for providing feedback to one another and participating in conversations about craft, style, form, function, and creative choices that deepen or texturize writing. Each resident will have the opportunity to submit two writing samples, which will be analyzed alongside mentor and master texts, to help each writer better understand their own strengths and points for future development.

    When: Thursdays, March 4 – May 13, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

    Where: On Zoom

    Cost: $300

    Discovering Your Creative Project

    This weekly course will take an intensive look at how writers produce work, through a variety of states: conception, drafting, revision, and preparing for publication. We will focus on ways to push past writers’ block through creative risk-taking and use of emulative craft models. This is the ideal setting for writers who have an idea for a project but haven’t gotten started yet, as well as for writers who feel they have “too many ideas” who would like to explore how to choose and develop them into longer pieces.

    When: Wednesdays, March 3 – May 12, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

    Where: On Zoom

    Cost: $300

    Both programs award CTLE credit for participants.

    Questions and contact: jane@nycwritingproject.org

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    The NYCWP’s Reading, Writing, and Teaching Program

    December 14, 2020

    Pandemics on the Page

    While living through the Covid-19 pandemic, we can look to fiction as a way of understanding our own experiences and those of our students. In this reading and discussion group, we will examine one novel per month and discuss how writers use fictionalized pandemics to address questions about society. Writing will bridge the space between imagined and real, allowing participants to unpack and address their own feelings about living during a pandemic through a variety of creative forms.

    Meetings on Zoom: Once monthly, Saturdays, 10am-12pm

    Five session dates: 2/13; 3/13; 4/10; 5/8; 6/12

    Cost: $125

    Participants must access their own copies of the following texts: 

    • The Transmigration of Bodies, Yuri Herrera
    • Severance, Ling Ma
    • Blindness, Jose Saramago
    • Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
    • Zone One, Colson Whitehead

    Reading Fiction Like a Writer

    Writers read fiction not just for enjoyment, but also to examine closely the “tools of the trade” as they look in the hands of masters. This monthly reading and discussion group will focus on how various writers use different forms, styles, and techniques to draw their readers into fictional worlds. We will read one novel per month, with a focus on works in translation and marginalized voices, to explore the relationship between story, form, and craft with an eye to apply these techniques to our own creative projects, regardless of genre.

    Meetings on Zoom: Once monthly, Saturdays, 10am-12pm

    Five session dates: 2/20; 3/20; 4/17; 5/15; 6/19

    Cost: $125

    Participants must access their own copies of the following texts:

    • Slave Old Man, Patrick Chamoiseau
    • Human Acts, Han Kang
    • Weather, Jenny Offill
    • Pedro Páramo, Juan Rulfo
    • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong

    Deadline to register for both courses: February 3, 2020

    Both courses provide CTLE credit.

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    Join the NYCWP’s Generative Writing Boot Camp

    December 2, 2020

    Looking to start a new piece of writing or creative project? Longing to get back to the page, but finding yourself blocked? Join the NYCWP for three days of generating your own creative writing! Over this three-day “boot camp,” writers will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of prompts and participate in micro-studies surrounding various craft elements, creative forms, and model readings. While participating for all three sessions is encouraged, as the activities will build, a pop-in model is also acceptable for those with limited time.

    Choose one session to attend or all three:

    • Monday, December 28
    • Tuesday, December 29
    • Wednesday, December 30
      • All sessions are from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

    Cost: $20 per session, or $50 for all three sessions

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    I Matter! Poetry Contest

    December 1, 2020

    The I Matter! poetry contest was launched by high school student Isabella Hanson and is hosted by the National Youth Foundation as a way for students to engage with why Black Lives Matter. Students from across the country are invited to submit their poetry.

    The top prize is $500 and selected poems will be published as a PDF book.

    Contest Rules

    For questions, e-mail: ContactNationalYouthFoundation@gmail.com

    For more information, visit: NationalYouthFoundation.org

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    Write Together #2 with the NYCWP and Gateway Recreation Area and National Park

    November 10, 2020

    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.

    Continued from the Spring, join us for another evening of writing together. We will be inspired by photography of the beautiful natural landscapes, historical sites, and recreational areas of the Gateway Recreation Areas across New Jersey’s shores and New York City’s boroughs.

    When: November 20, 2020, 7:00pm

    Where: Online, Zoom invitation to follow registration

    Free Registration:

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    I Can Write the World by Joshunda Sanders

    November 10, 2020

    A Reading and Discussion with the Leonard Leif Library, School of Education, and Women’s and Gender Studies

    A vibrant story about what makes a place home and the ties between culture and pride. – Kirkus

    Sanders’ first book in a children’s book series, I Can Write the World, features Ava Murray, a Black girl journalist from the Bronx.  After Ava and her mother watch the news together, her mother explains, Sometimes the way the world sees us / Is different from how we see ourselves.

    The next book in the series, A Place of Our Own,is scheduled for publication in 2021.

    Joshunda Sanders is an author, journalist, and educator.  She is creator and host of a BookTube channel, Black Book Stacks.  Sanders is the Communications Specialist in the President’s Office at Lehman College and an Adjunct Lecturer in Lehman’s English Department.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020

    4:00 – 5:00 PM

    Virtual Event — Link will be sent to those registered

    RSVP by November 9th: https://lehman.libcal.com/calendar/events/Sanders

    Information: Alison.LehnerQuam@lehman.cuny.edu

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    What are we thankful for? Good books, food, and friends

    November 4, 2020

    Rebecca Harper, director of the Augusta University Writing Project in Augusta, Georgia, has put together an impressive schedule of conversations with authors of young adult literature as part of the AU Writing Project Book Club and invites you to join. All educators are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book. Join one or more of the year’s final meetings, and watch this newsletter for an announcement of the spring line up.

    Click on the hyper links above for registration and meeting information.

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    Local Letters for Global Change: A Pulitzer Center Writing Contest

    October 27, 2020

    The Pulitzer Center invites K-12 students in the U.S. and around the world to enter the 2020 Local Letters for Global Change contest! Students, make your voice heard this election season by writing a letter to your representative explaining the global issue you want them to prioritize. You could have your letter, photo, and bio published, and win $100 for your class!

    Deadline: November 13, 2020

    Contest details here: pulitzercenter.org/localletters

    Prizes:

    First place winners in the high school, middle school, and elementary categories:

    • $100 to support global community engagement in your classroom (prize distributed to your class teacher)
    • Publication of your letter, photo, and bio on the Pulitzer Center website

    Finalists:

    • Publication of your letter, photo, and bio on the Pulitzer Center website

    Eligibility:

    Any current K-12 student in the United States or abroad may enter. Letters may be written in English and/or Spanish. Students will be judged separately in high school, middle school, and elementary categories, using the same judging rubric.

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    Write Together with the NYCWP and Gateway Recreational Area and National Park

    October 20, 2020

    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.

    Continued from the Spring, join us for another evening of writing together. We will be inspired by photography of the beautiful natural landscapes, historical sites, and recreational areas of the Gateway Recreation Areas across New Jersey’s shores and New York City’s boroughs.

    When: November 6, 2020, 7:00pm

    Where: Online, Zoom invitation to follow registration

    Register by October 30, 2020.