Kickstart your writing this summer at The New School! These creative writing workshops are designed to get students producing high-quality writing in short order. Classes begin the first week of June and run through the end of July, either on campus in Greenwich Village or online. Registration for these and other courses is open now at newschool.edu/ce:
Pick Up Your Pens: Kickstart Your Writing Routine
On campus with Jessie Sholl
Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2 - July 21
Writing is largely a matter of habit (to paraphrase Flannery O’Connor), yet it’s not always easy to maintain a consistent writing practice. This course offers a supportive push for writers of all levels toward creating and cementing that habit. For both fiction and nonfiction writers, and at any stage of a project—from facing a blank page to a completing a draft of a story—we’ll use exercises, writing prompts, and a constructive critiquing process to improve our writing practices as well as our work.While the focus is on loosening up and kick-starting our creativity, the exercises in this course connect to and explore important features of both fiction and nonfiction writing—including description, voice, character, plot, and revision—as well as ways to apply them to current and future projects. We also read pieces by acclaimed writers about process. By the end of the course, each student has a good start on a new piece or have a clear direction in which to take a piece they’d already begun—and have a solid foundation for a regular writing practice.
On Location: Writing from Art at The Met
On campus and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Star Black
Mondays through Thursdays, June 1 - June 11
11:00am - 4:00pm
New York City has a long tradition of artistic exchange and collaboration between writers and painters and of exchange between writing and the visual arts. Kenneth Koch and Larry Rivers, John Ashbery and Jane Freilicher, and James Schuyler and Fairfield Porter were close friends and collaborators. Derek Walcott and e. e. cummings both painted and wrote, and photographers like Rudy Burckhardt documented friends creating art in their studios The class splits its time between The New School, where we share our writing, and the city’s preeminent art museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students meet at The New School from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., break for lunch, and reconvene on the steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 2:00 p.m. We spend the remaining time exploring its collections and writing flash fiction and “ekphrastic” poems, prose poems, and flash fiction responding to art. We spend the first week writing in The Met’s European Painting Galleries, Sculpture Courts, Medieval Art and Armor Collection, and Costume Institute. The second week is devoted to writing in the 20th Century Wing, Contemporary Art and Photography Galleries, Asian and Islamic wings, Rooftop Outdoor Projects, and Egyptian Collections. On the final Thursday of the course, the class visits and writes at the nearby Neue Galerie, located at Fifth Avenue and 86th Street, then enjoys a picnic and an outdoor reading in Central Park.
Advanced Fiction Writing: Revise and Polish
On campus with John Reed
Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2 - July 21
8:00pm - 9:50pm
The workshop is an opportunity for writers to speed their creative and technical maturation. This course is for students who are beyond introductory courses and are ready to take their writing to a higher level. Workshop time is dedicated primarily to student work; assignments look toward and initiate tasks commonly encountered by aspiring writers. The intention of the course is to help individuals prepare themselves and their work for the next phase of their vocation, be it approaching editors, agents, and literary journals or applying to graduate schools. These subjects are addressed realistically and reasonably, with the quality of the writing always foremost on the agenda.
From Silence to Poem
Online with Richard Tayson
June 1 - July 31
Beginning and advanced writers work on dismantling silences in their lives and generating poems from personal experience. We work in a safe, functional community to open hidden places within ourselves. The heretical Gospel According to Thomas says, "If you do not bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will destroy you. If you bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will save you." This notion informs our work together, enabling the writer to follow the poem's impulse in order to break old habits and write something challenging and difficult.
Questions? Don't hesitate to contact Creative Writing at The New School:
writingprogram@ newschool.edu | 212.229.5611
Learn more about continuing, undergraduate, and graduate writing programs at The New School: newschool.edu/writing