The Writing Center

New! Making an Impact on Readers
Award-winning novelist Barbara Campbell will explore ways to infuse drama and emotion into every aspect of storytelling, from “setting the stage” – understanding the heart of your story and developing your characters – to “getting it on the page” – examining techniques to deepen your story’s impact. Also explore the writer-reader relationship, including ways to fulfill and subvert reader expectations. Students will receive an 80-page course manual.
CE-WRITG 2064, 3 Sat., Apr. 11-25, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-2, $95 (+ $10 materials fee, payable to instructor). B Campbell. #13295

New! Building a Compelling Plot
A story’s plot is more than a series of events. To create a cohesive plot, you must understand the relationship between it and other key story elements. Work with award-winning author Barbara Campbell to review the building blocks of plot, analyze scenes, and learn techniques that will turn the events in your story into a compelling journey for characters and readers alike. Students will receive a handout with highlights of course material.
CE-WRITG 2065, 1 Sat., Mar. 28, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-3, $35 (+ $5 materials fee, payable to instructor). B Campbell. #13296

New! Comedy Writing 101
Learn the fundamentals of comedy writing for stand-up, monologues & sketches and how to apply humor to speeches, sitcom scripts, and screenplays. Gain the ability to write funny and to relay comedy material across different media including radio, TV, and film as well as on-line platforms such as tweeting, blogging, and webisodes. Get the best feedback for any comedy writer: live laughter from your peers! The art of comedy writing has become a sought after skill for aspiring writers, performers, broadcasters, and just about anyone interested in adding a little humor to their work and lives. The instructor has written for various stand-up comedians and is a playwright and tv/screenwriter. Students are encouraged to bring low-cost thesaurus, rhyming diction and/or almanac.
CE-WRITG 2066, 4 Mon., Feb. 2-23, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $85. R Cecera. #13297

New! The Writer’s Circle
Join this writer’s circle and actively participate in the sharing of each other’s written work. Get positive feedback in a non-threatening environment, you’ll all become your own editors and critics as you strive to make your writing the best it can be. The instructor will offer comments and editorial advice both in class and by email.
CE-WRITG 2068, 6 Wed., Feb. 4-Mar. 11, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $120. V Dacquino. #13300

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., Apr. 4, 12:00 noon-1:30 pm, KNC-5, FREE but call 914-606-6830 press 1 to reserve your spot. G Fox.

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., Apr. 11-May 2, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, Room TBD, $85. G Fox. #13245

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., Jan. 14-Mar. 18, 7:00-9:00 pm, $195. K Winkelstein-Duveneck. #13012

NEW! Lighting a Fire Inside Your Characters
Calling all writers! Create characters that jump off the page, that transcend the fictional worlds they inhabit and engage readers in their dreams, their challenges and their journeys. This workshop will use lecture, discussion, scene analysis, and writing exercises to help writers dig deeper into their characters, add tension, complexity, and conflict to their writing, and capture the hearts of readers.
CE-WRITG 2052, 1 Sat., Mar. 21, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $35 (+ $3 materials fee, payable to instructor). B Campbell. #12790

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 Wed., Apr. 15-29, 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-3, $60. P Andrews. #12788

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., Jan. 20-Feb. 24, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $120. J Kreiswirth. #12775

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 Wed., Feb. 25-Mar. 11, 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-3, $65. P Andrews. #12789

Persuasive Writing
Whether writing an argument to dispute a parking ticket, a cover letter for your resume, or an interoffice memo, your writing skills either assist or hurt your chances of achieving your goal. Review grammar and learn to edit down to the clearest writing possible to get the best possible results.
CE-WRITG 2043, 4 Sun., Feb. 1-22, 2:00-4:00 pm, KNC-2, $75 (+ textbook). L Shapiro. #12944

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., Jan. 14-Feb. 4, 6:30-8:30 pm, KNC-2, $75. M Vataj. #12906

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 Mon., Mar. 2-Apr. 6, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. V Dacquino. #12896

Writing as a Career

New! Write a Professional Book Proposal
Learn to write a great book proposal! Write a proposal that makes it possible for the publisher to judge whether the project fits within its current list and publishing plans, and whether sufficient sales could be generated to make it financially profitable for both author and publisher.
CE-WRITG 2067, 1 Thurs., Feb. 19, 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-2, $25. M Colletti. #13298

Publish Your Book Guaranteed
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., Apr. 21, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $50. D Ewen. #12805

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., Feb. 14-Mar. 21, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $125 (+ textbook). L Toffler-Corrie. #12893