Summer Workshops



We have all kinds of new stories up our sleeves this summer at 826NYC! Join us to write about all things delicious, mysterious, magical, and dramatic, with shorter workshops AND full-day camp options!

Each week we’ll explore the same topic with two groups of students, divided by grade — students entering grades 4-6 in fall 2022, and those entering grades 7-9.

 

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July 11-15 | Home on a Plate: Writing about Food & NYC
> Grades 7-9: 10-12:00, in person
> Grades 4-6: 1-3:00, in person

July 18-22 | The Butler Did It: Mysteries & Whodunits
> Grades 7-9: 10-12:00, in person
> Grades 4-6: 1-3:00, in person

July 25-29 | Worlds of Tomorrow: Sci-Fi & Utopian Fiction
> Grades 7-9: 10-12:00, in person
> Grades 4-6: 1-3:00, in person

August 1-5 | Get Into Character: Crafting Characters for the Stage
> Grades 7-9: 10-12:00, on Zoom
> Grades 4-6: 9-3:00, in person

August 8-12 | Drama-rama: Scene Writing
> Grades 7-9: 10-12:00, on Zoom
> Grades 4-6: 9-3:00, in person

Read on for detailed descriptions of each workshop!

We regret to share that we will not be offering classes for grades 1-3 this summer. Classes for grades 1-3 will return in September!

 

Cost: 826NYC is committed to keeping our programs available to the young writers who need our support most. All programs are available with the following options: full price ($250/week for 2-hour workshops; $600/week for full-day camps), partial scholarship ($125/week for 2-hour workshops; $300/week for full-day camps), and full scholarship.

 

Click here to sign up for any (or all) of our summer workshops!



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Home on a Plate: Writing about Food & NYC (July 11-15)

Grades 7-9: Monday-Friday, 10-12:00 | In person at 826NYC

Grades 4-6: Monday-Friday, 1-3:00 | In person at 826NYC

The sights and sounds of our neighborhoods ring alive, and so do the tastes and smells! From the bodega with the BEC you can’t live without, coughing as cooking chilies fill the air, or a good ol’ NYC slice, food is central to characters, families and stories. In this workshop, students will explore maps, literature and multimedia stories to create gastronomical maps of their neighborhoods and write short stories of the foods of home, share recipes, and dive into sensory writing that will make your mouth water! Join us and take a bite of the delicious writing to come! You may want to bring a plate.

 

Quill and Paper iconThe Butler Did It: Mysteries & Whodunits (July 18-22)

Grades 7-9: Monday-Friday, 10-12:00 | In person at 826NYC

Grades 4-6: Monday-Friday, 1-3:00 | In person at 826NYC

Everyone loves a good mystery. In this workshop, students will explore classic mysteries and lead you down a trail of handwritten notes, secret passages, and shocking reveals. Students will look to examples in literature, film, and even board games, to craft their own short stories that will be sure to have you on the edge of your seat until the very end!

 

Flask and Pen IconWorlds of Tomorrow: Sci-Fi & Utopian Fiction (July 25-29)

Grades 7-9: Monday-Friday, 10-12:00 | In person at 826NYC

Grades 4-6: Monday-Friday, 1-3:00 | In person at 826NYC

Science and technology are always growing and changing to solve society’s problems, from vaccines to wireless internet to solar power and electric cars! What does the future have in store for us next? In this workshop, students will write stories inspired by science fiction and the hopeful futures of utopian fiction, featuring out of this world progress from time travel, to new inventions, to galaxies far and wide. Students will venture into the unknown, and come out of class with their own, original sci-fi story!

 

Superhero Book IconGet Into Character: Crafting Characters for the Stage (August 1-5)

Ramona Quimby. Claudia Kishi. Spiderman. Katara. What makes these characters so memorable, and why do we love them? In this workshop students will create original heroes, villains, ordinary people, or complicated in-between creatures, and figure out what makes them who they are. We’ll inhabit these characters at pivotal moments, writing out their angry rants or euphoric exclamations! At the end of the week, students will get a chance to showcase their character—their dreams, fears, and desires—in an original monologue or scene!

Grades 7-9

This class will be held on Zoom, with the workshop running from 10-11:30 AM and an optional extended writing lab from 11:30-12:00. Students are invited to perform their work in-person on Friday afternoon in 826NYC’s backyard theater!

Grades 4-6

For grades 4-6, this is a full-day camp running from 9:00-3:00. In addition to writing, students will participate in improv workshops and art workshops, where they’ll create costume pieces, props, and backdrops for the final performance of their piece on Friday! Lunch and a snack will be provided each day.

 

Pencil Fist IconDrama-rama: Scene Writing (August 8-12)

It’s not enough to walk the walk: our characters also have to talk the talk and dress the part, too! In this workshop, students will work together to create scenes exploring storytelling on the stage via dialogue between characters, with an introduction to writing character descriptions and stage directions, too. By the end of the week, students will have a scene ready to share in a showstopping performance!

Grades 7-9

This class will be held on Zoom, with the workshop running from 10-11:30 AM and an optional extended writing lab from 11:30-12:00. Students are invited to perform their work in-person on Friday afternoon in 826NYC’s backyard theater!

Grades 4-6

For grades 4-6, this is a full-day camp running from 9:00-3:00. In addition to writing, students will participate in improv workshops and art workshops, where they’ll create costume pieces, props, and backdrops for the final performance of their piece on Friday! Lunch and a snack will be provided each day.

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