The Writing Center

New! Introduction to Play with Words: Free Info Session!
For writers of all levels wanting to explore new ways of writing. Learn more about the craft of playwriting. We will discuss the basic structures of scenes, dialogue and action. Try your hand at writing a one-page scene and get the opportunity to hear it read out loud and hear feedback. This is an introduction to Play with Words: Writing Scripts. Visit for more information.
1 Sat., Oct. 18, 12:00 noon-1:30 pm, KNC-5, FREE but call 914-606-6830 press 1 to reserve your spot. G Fox.

New! Play with Words: Writing Scripts
Plays are exactly like playing! Theatre is live and needs to get right into the action in the moment. You’ll learn how to jump into writing a play by making characters jump off the page and onto the stage. We’ll start with one-page plays to demonstrate structure and answer the critical questions: who wants what and what gets in the way? These questions are the building blocks of writing a play scene by scene. Let’s get “write” to the action! Visit for more information.
CE-WRITG 2061, 4 Sat., Oct. 25-Nov. 15, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, Room TBD, $85. G Fox. #84031

Find Your Voice Through Writing
Great writers make their own rules. This class will sharpen your style to make it unmistakably yours. Read fiction and memoirs by great stylists and analyze what makes them distinctive. Hone your writing with fun, experimental writing exercises and workshops focusing on positive, helpful feedback.
CE-WRITG 2057, 10 Wed., Sept. 17-Nov. 19, 6:30-8:30 pm, $195. K Winkelstein-Duveneck. #83605

Bringing Your Novel to Life
Understanding the building blocks of storytelling – premise, promise, theme, world, character, plot, point of view, and style – is just the first step in creating a novel. Learn how to strengthen and unify these essential building blocks to add complexity, drama, and emotional power to your novel. Receive a manual containing all course materials and handouts to use as a guide as you continue refining your novel.
CE-WRTG 2053, 4 Sat., Nov. 1-22, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $125 (+ $10 materials fee, payable to instructor). B Campbell. #83594

Jumpstart Your Creativity – For Writers
Writer’s Block? Trouble revising? This is a course for both novice and experienced writers. By experimenting with different strategies to jumpstart creativity and sidestep subconscious barriers, writers will learn to clarify their thoughts in a manageable and productive way.
CE-WRITG 2051, 3 Mon., Sept. 15-29, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $75. C Curvan. #83705

Story Bootcamp
Start fast. Keep it humming. End with authority. Polish, correct, and tighten the prose. Learn how to rewrite your story, whether fiction or nonfiction, so it entices, captivates, and delights readers.
CE-WRITG 2047, 3 Tues., Nov. 4-18, 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-3, $60. P Andrews. #83591

Memoir Writing Workshop

A memoir is the joining of remembrance, feeling and perspective. This workshop will enable you to select life experiences which are especially meaningful, combine them with relevant photos and have a finished product to share with family and friends.
CE-WRITG 2049, 6 Tues., Oct. 7-Nov. 11, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $120. J Kreiswirth. #83559

How to Write FAST
Crank up the efficiency and get that novel, short story, article or script done. Through exercises, evaluations, tips and technologies, you can learn to write faster. Discover how to break through blocks, get ideas, develop plots, draft, and polish in less time without losing quality.
CE-WRITG 2038, 3 Tues., Sept. 16-30, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $65. P Andrews. #83589

Modern Media Writing
Want to get your articles published? Learn how to find and write the perfect pitch, craft a catchy introduction, transition to the heart of the piece and provide the right conclusion. In this class, you’ll learn how to write for newspapers, magazines, and the Web, including blogs. Plus, you’ll get tips on how to find and quote sources and use anecdotes. Pick up all the tricks of the writing and publishing trade so you can get a byline.
CE-WRITG 2027, 4 Wed., Oct. 1-22, 6:30-8:30 pm, KNC-2, $75. M Vataj. #83481

Turning Ideas into Published Books
Do you have a great book idea? Let’s move it to the next step. Come join us in a non-threatening writing circle that can lead to the completion and publication of your book. Experience is not necessary; bring your manuscript and your passion and let’s work together to get it done. Email editing by the author/teacher will help move your work along quickly.
CE-WRITG 2039, 6 Tues., Oct. 7-Nov. 11, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $125. V Dacquino. #83722

Writing as a Career

Publish Your Book
Do you have a manuscript that you would love to publish? Did you know that many great writers got started by self-publishing? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to self-publish and market your book. Topics covered include an overview of the history of publishing; the business and technology of publishing; book design aspects such as cover, spine, binding, and paper stock; production timelines; and marketing issues such as how to set up signing and reading tours, arrange for book reviews, and create a successful retail distribution.
CE-PUBL 2008, 1 Tues., Oct. 21, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $50. D Ewen. #83560

Writing Books for Children and Young Adults
Discover the tools and gain the motivation and information you need to get you started on your children’s books, and keep going to create a finished product! Learn how to develop story ideas, create a main character, plan a setting, devise a plot, uncover a main idea, choose a point of view, and find your writer’s voice. We’ll explore strategies for the best way to market a ‘kids lit’ book in today’s competitive environment.
CE-WRITG 2044, 6 Sat., Sept. 20-Nov. 1 (skip 10/4), 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $125 (+ textbook). L Toffler-Corrie. #83606

Write Flash Fiction!

Flash fiction is hot, with over 300 paying markets looking for well-formed stories of 1000 words or less. Learn how to write, market and sell these tiny tales.
CE-WRITG 2026, 3 Tues., Oct. 7-21, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $60. P Andrews. #83590