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Life Stories

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

For people who have lived and worked and want to write about their childhood as well as their more recent past. Whether you are a published writer or last wrote in a childhood diary, you are welcome in this class. Mark Twain said, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is the difference between lightning and lightning...

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$468

8 sessions

Telling Great Stories

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Everyone has a story to tell. Whether you’re a skilled practitioner polishing a piece or a beginner learning the craft, this workshop has something for you. Often, there isn't a big difference between fiction and nonfiction, and both formats are welcome here.  Many writers begin with incidents that they remember, or situations that are happening...

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$468

9 sessions

Jump Into Memoir

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Whether you’re a new, continuing, or returning writer, take the plunge into memoir writing! This workshop will provide a supportive and stimulating springboard for shaping the raw material of your life into short pieces worth sharing. Together we'll explore elements of craft, experiment with form, tackle obstacles to creativity, and inspire one...

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$353

5 sessions

A Laughing Matter - Adding Humor to Your Writing

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Humor is a skill that can come in mighty handy – especially since we’re all gonna die. Whether you’re trying to punch up your online dating profile, become an amusing public speaker, write that memoir, craft essays, find success as a stand-up comedian so you can have an excuse to drink all the time (or sleep around), or publish the next (and...

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$353

6 sessions

The Art and Craft of Novel Writing

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

You have an idea for a novel. Perhaps you’ve sketched out some characters or jotted down some scenes. Maybe you’ve written a few chapters, or a first draft — or maybe you haven't been able to get started. This workshop will help you proceed from where you are, whether that’s Square One or somewhere along the way. Writing a novel involves creating...

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$353

6 sessions

Going Deeper: Fiction Workshop

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

This fiction workshop is for experienced writers looking for feedback on their short stories and novel chapters. In a warm environment, students will receive honest, detailed feedback and learn techniques to improve craft, deepen fiction, and identify and tackle common storytelling problems. Each student will get to submit two pieces for workshopping...

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$353

6 sessions

Intro to Fiction

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

In this class, beginning and intermediate-level fiction students work toward building short stories and novel chapters by learning the elements of craft, which include conflict, tension, characterization, voice, setting, dialogue, and scene vs. summary.   Class sessions will be devoted to craft lessons, studying excellent published works,...

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$353

6 sessions

Writing for Stage and Screen

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

In this workshop playwrights, screenwriters, tv, and musical theater writers revise works-in-progress or develop new ideas from conception to completion. Several active students are currently having works produced in NYC and abroad that were developed in class. Particular attention is paid to writing prompts and exercises that engage fundamentals of...

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$468

6 sessions

Filling the Well

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

This is the perfect class for fiction writers who want to be writing but aren't, or those who feel stuck on a current project. This is a generating class in which students write new material or advance pre-existing short stories or novel chapters. The class provides weekly deadlines, through fun and challenging prompts, that serve as pricks to the...

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$353

6 sessions

Writer's Voice Smorgasbord

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Curious about our Writer's Voice program and wondering where to start? This Writer’s Voice Sampler provides an opportunity for participants to try multiple classes and get to know the instructors. Each hour will feature two or three classes for participants to choose from that will inspire and enliven their creativity. Schedule 11:00 AM -12:00...

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$65

Shaping the Stories in Our Lives

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Every life has stories worth writing. This class provides tools to overcome fear of the blank page and writing prompts to jump-start the creative process. Inspired by collaborative discussion and examples of great writing, participants will hone in on their stories and explore elements of craft.  No pre-registration requirement. Open to writers...

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$402

7 sessions

The Art of Personal Narrative

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

This open-level class is for anyone interested in writing personal narrative in any form: memoir, creative nonfiction, or personal essay. Through insightful critique and focused discussion, we hone the tools of strong writing: distinctive voice, precise language, resonant imagery, vivid sensory description, dramatic scene and dialogue, and inventive...

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$293

5 sessions

Memoir Splash!

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Take the plunge into the refreshing waters of memoir writing. Dip your toes, paddle in the shallows, observe the ripples on the surface, and dive into the depths. As we share and discuss short pieces, we'll explore elements of craft, tackle obstacles to creativity, and inspire one another. Whether a novice or experienced writer, you’ll enjoy the...

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$285

4 sessions

The Heart of the Matter

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Making the reader feel is one of the most important goals of creative writing.  But there aren’t cheap shortcuts and creating emotion on the page is an artful enterprise.   This seminar will discuss the importance of risking sentimentality to get at sentiment.  Some methods we’ll look at include surprise, restraint, opposing...

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$125

YMCA Singers Forum

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Enjoy singing in the shower? Looking for a place to practice new material for professional singing? For the novice or seasoned performer, Singers Forum is a friendly and supportive environment for anyone who loves to sing. Classes include group songs and warm-ups as well as individual vocal coaching.  Developing confidence is the most essential...

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$468

8 sessions

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