Kids' Writers Workshop
We want to encourage the next Shakespeare, Harper Lee, or Toni Morrison to keep at it! At this workshop, kids ages 5 - 14 are invited to spend some time writing under the guidance of a writer and teacher. During this hour, we’ll read example texts, offer some writing tips, and then get to it with prompts and exercises. Bring your budding Baudelaire to us!
Workshop Leader: Miranda K. Pennington
Miranda K. Pennington is the author of the upcoming A Girl Walks Into a Book, coming from Seal Press in Spring 2017 - in it, she braids literary criticism, biography, and memoir in pursuit of the Brontë sisters. Her work has appeared on The Toast, The American Scholar online, The Ploughshares blog, and The Catapult Podcast. Formerly a writing instructor at Columbia University, Touro College, SUNY Empire State, she currently teaches writing workshops for teenage girls with Uptown Stories, and will return to Columbia as a writing center consultant in the fall. She's also a managing editor at Neuwirth & Associates, a publishing services company in Chelsea.
Performing the Written Word
Writing is hard enough, but learning to perform your work is a whole different battle. During this workshop, we will demonstrate how to successfully perform your writing. Come with a piece you’re working on or try it out with one of our sample texts — either way you’ll leave with a new confidence in performing the work you’ve written.
Workshop Leader: Amy Virginia Buchanan
Amy Virginia Buchanan is a singer/songwriter, performance artist, and cultural curator. She has recorded three albums, and has produced/written/performed in two original plays, along with a number of smaller works. She is the artistic director at Spring Street Social Society, which she cofounded with her creative partner, Patrick Janelle. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat, Whenny, and her partner, Carl, both of which encourage her creative process, in their own way.
Whether you’re a professional or amateur, the two most difficult things to find as a writer are time to work and an audience to give feedback. We’ve got both! Join writer Madeline Felix for a multifaceted workshop where you’ll get a chance to discuss the craft of writing before getting the juices flowing through prompts and exercises. You’ll walk away with new inspiration, if not a whole new piece in your hands!
Workshop Leader: Madeline Felix
Madeline is a writer in New York City. In 2014, she received her MFA from Columbia University in Nonfiction Writing. While at Columbia, she also taught creative writing in Columbia's Undergraduate Writing Program and with Columbia's Summer Program for High School Students. She's currently finishing her first book—Ways to be Lost—which chronicles her time in Vietnam as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow. Her written work has been published with Al Jazeera America, Huffpost Travel, Guernica Magazine, Pennsylvania Game News, xoJane, and others. She has also been a featured writer on the Catapult podcast. By day, Madeline works in innovation consulting with @whatifglobal.
Urban Word Poetry Workshop
In this generative workshop led by our partners at Urban Word, we will be writing new poems that explore our emotional interior. What does it mean to be alive in the year 2016 when so much of the world is consumed by violence? How does that interact with our own joyous adventures? The workshop will conclude with an open mic styled share out. Come write with us!
Workshop Leader: Savon Bartley
Savon Bartley is a North Chicago born writer, poet, teaching artist, and global health advocate known for eclectic readings. Featured at venues such as the Apollo Theater, The United Nations, the Auditorium Theater, and Universities across the country his work is a reflection of his experiences with mental illness, social justice, global health, and what it means to be a better man than his father. Placing 3rd in the world in 2013, Savon has coached and represented New York and New Jersey on the international poetry slam level multiple times. He is a youth mentor at Urban Word NYC and an artist for the United Nations NGO I Sell the Shadow Initiative. His work can be found or forthcoming in How to Love an Artist, Great Weather for Media, Slate Magazine, and at the Human Rights Film Festival.