The Writing Center
To register please call 914-606-6830 and press option 1
No Fear Writing for the Author/Illustrator
Are you an artist who has longed to try your hand at illustrating your own storybook? Do you lack confidence in your ability to write this book? In the world of books for young people, artists who can write their own books rule the field. Learn the unique skills required to write your own children’s books. This class is part lecture, with tips derived from industry professionals, and part workshop, where we’ll work together to move your projects to the next level of completion.
CE-WRITG 2092, 4 Tues., July 10-31, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-2, $145. S Weyn. #5536
Poetry Writing Workshop
An introductory course exploring the techniques of writing compelling poems. Learn about metaphors, rhyme, meter, and other poetic devices, as well as writing a sestina, pantoun, villanelle, and other experimental forms such as using black out and white out as literary devices. An in-class writing exercise will be done in each class; bring copies of one of your poems to each class for critique and discussion. No experience necessary, just a desire to be a poet.
CE-WRITG 2094, 4 Tues., July 10-31, 1:00-4:00 pm, Room TBD, $140. L Rhodes-Ryabchich. #5997
Poetry Writing Workshop II
An intensive writing workshop to learn how to write in formal verse examining the terza rima, sonnet, pantoum, and sestina. Discover how to write poems using in-class prompts/games. Your poems will be shared via roundtable discussion to examine the poem for its poetic structure and to provide/receive constructive feedback.
CE-WRITG 2096VA, 5 Thurs., July 26-Aug. 23, 3:00-5:00 pm, KNC-3, $110. L Rhodes-Ryabchich. #6081
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
CE-WRITG 2052, 1 Sat., July 21, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $35 (+ $5 materials fee, payable to instructor). B Campbell. #5029
Writing Dialogue that Pops
Writing dialogue is easy. Writing good dialogue takes skill and practice. Award-winning author and playwright Barbara Campbell will help students craft dialogue that reveals character, creates conflict, and increases drama; understand subtext and the ways it can deepen the emotional impact of a scene; and recognize common pitfalls that can undermine the effectiveness of dialogue. Each student will receive a handout with course highlights.
CE-WRITG 2076, 1 Sat., Aug. 11, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-2, $35 (+ $5 materials fee, payable to instructor). B Campbell. #5030
Write Flash Fiction!
Flash fiction is hot, with over 300 paying markets looking for well-formed stories of 1,000 words or less. Learn how to write, market, and sell these tiny tales.
CE-WRITG 2026, 3 Thurs., June 28-July 12, 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-3, $60. P Andrews. #5023
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 Thurs., June 7-21, 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-3, $65. P Andrews. #5024
Writing & Selling Kids’ Books
Have a great idea for a children’s book? How do you progress from concept to published product? Go from getting started to the finish line in the world of juvenile publishing by exploring the requirements of every audience-baby board books, first chapter, middle-grade, and young adult-from outlining and writing, to finding an agent and/or publisher, to self-publication.
CE-WRITG 2073, $90. S Weyn.
Sec. A: 3 Sun., June 24-July 15 (skip 7/8), 3:00-6:00 pm, KNC-3. #5532
Sec. B: 3 Sat., July 14-28, 10:30 am-1:30 pm, GTW-219. #5533
Writing for Little Ones: Ages Baby to Seven
Writing for the very littlest readers is a special challenge and requires a way of understanding children (what they believe and know and what they don’t yet know). It involves seeing the world from their unique perspective, even understanding how being little alters their perception of the world. To write for children, the author must entertain, guide, and balance between adult communications skills and the child’s world. Develop and polish your own work for very young children.
CE-WRITG 2077, $120, KNC-4. S Weyn.
Sec. A: 4 Sat., July 21-Aug. 11, 2:00-5:00 pm. #5534
Sec. B: 4 Sun., July 22-Aug. 12, 3:00-6:00 pm. #5535
Writing Articles for Fun & Profit
Local publications are always looking for freelance writers. By adding photography to the mix, writers double their value to editors and publishers. The internet and digital media have multiplied the opportunities for writers. Aspiring writers will learn how to apply to the thousands of writing opportunities open to them, while writers already engaged in writing projects can find new outlets for their work.
CE-WRITG 2071, 3 Thurs., June 7-21, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $60 (+ $2 for purchase of magazine, payable to instructor). T Riley. #5437