Workshops



Workshops range from the playful to the practical, and are taught by volunteer writers, artists, educators, and publishing professionals. They are free for all currently registered After School Tutoring students.

Please note: Due to a high interest in this program and our commitment to keeping class sizes small, workshop attendance is determined on a first come, first-served basis. You will be notified of your status. Please only sign up for a workshop if you can make every session, as we generally have a lengthy wait list. If admitted to a workshop, we’ll require a $25 refundable deposit to hold your spot.

ALL PROGRAMS

Super Heroes, Awesome Villains

Grade: 3-5

Location: 372 5th Avenue in Park Slope at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Dates: Feb 16, Mar 2, Mar 16, Mar 30.

Time: 11 AM – 2 PM

Fee: $100.00*

*This course is free for all currently registered AST students.

Description: By the end of this workshop you will have created a superhero and villain. You will have used the tools of narrative – character, plot, setting – to develop a storyline for either graphic or literary format.

Instructor: Adam Blackman

Adam is a writer of short stories and picture books.  He has published feature stories, travel essays, a book review and a short story, in print and online publications, has worked with students from kindergarten to college age, and has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence.  He’s an active member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and thought he was his own harshest critic, but happily ceded that title recently to his four year old son.

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Grade: 3-5
Location: 372 5th Avenue in Park Slope at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
Dates: Feb 16, Mar 2, Mar 16, Mar 30.
Time: 11 AM - 2 PM
Fee: $100.00*
*This course is free for all currently registered AST students.

Description: By the end of this workshop you will have created a superhero and villain. You will have used the tools of narrative – character, plot, setting – to develop a storyline for either graphic or literary format.

Instructor: Adam Blackman
Adam is a writer of short stories and picture books. He has published feature stories, travel essays, a book review and a short story, in print and online publications, has worked with students from kindergarten to college age, and has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence. He’s an active member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and thought he was his own harshest critic, but happily ceded that title recently to his four year old son.

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Breaking the Page: Experimental Writing for High Schoolers

Grades: 9-12

Location: 372 5th Avenue in Park Slope at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Dates: March 30, April 6, and April 13, 2019

Time: 4 PM – 6 pM

Fee: $75.00*

*This course is free for all currently registered AST students.

Description: Students will write personal narratives in which they’ll experiment with form, genre, and visual elements in writing. It will provide an outlet for advanced writers to challenge themselves. This creative workshop will also be useful to students who often find themselves with “writer’s block.”

Instructor: Maryann Aita

Maryann is a long-time Superhero Supply Co. volunteer as well as a writer and performer. She’s been teaching and tutoring kids for more than 10 years. Her teleplay won a very tiny film festival award once, but she likes to bring it up as often as she can. Maryann has a BA in psychology from NYU and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence. She lives in Brooklyn with two very needy cats.

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Breaking the Page: Experimental Writing
Grades: 9-12

Description: Students will write personal narratives in which they'll experiment with form, genre, and visual elements in writing. This can include writing stories in lists, arranging text uniquely on the page, combining poetry and prose, and other ways of breaking conventional writing structure. This will be a great opportunity for students to explore writing in a new way. It will provide an outlet for advanced writers to challenge themselves. This creative workshop will also be useful to students who often find themselves with "writer's block."


Location: 372 5th Avenue in Park Slope at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
Dates: March 30, April 6, and April 13, 2019
Time: 4 PM - 6 PM

Fee: $75.00*

*This course is free for all currently registered AST and Writers' Room students.

Instructor:
Maryann Aita
Maryann is a long-time Superhero Supply Co. volunteer as well as a writer and performer. She’s been teaching and tutoring kids for more than 10 years. Her teleplay won a very tiny film festival award once, but she likes to bring it up as often as she can. Maryann has a BA in psychology from NYU and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence. She lives in Brooklyn with two very needy cats.

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Writing Funny Stories

Grade: 7-8

Location: 372 5th Avenue in Park Slope at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Dates: April 27, May 4, May 11, and May 18, 2019

Time: 11 AM – 2 PM

Fee: $100.00*

*This course is free for all currently registered AST students.

Description: How do you write funny stories? Do you have to be a “funny” person to make people laugh with what you put on the page? In this workshop, we’ll look at examples of humorous writing and break down the “science” of humor. We’ll develop ways to write hilarious dialogue, laugh-out-loud plots, and memorable characters. Students can write fiction or non-fiction and will leave with at least one complete story.

Instructor: Maryann Aita

Maryann is a long-time Superhero Supply Co. volunteer as well as a writer and performer. She’s been teaching and tutoring kids for more than 10 years. Her teleplay won a very tiny film festival award once, but she likes to bring it up as often as she can. Maryann has a BA in psychology from NYU and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence. She lives in Brooklyn with two very needy cats.

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Description: How do you write funny stories? Do you have to be a "funny" person to make people laugh with what you put on the page? In this workshop, we'll look at examples of humorous writing and break down the "science" of humor. We'll develop ways to write hilarious dialogue, laugh-out-loud plots, and memorable characters. Students can write fiction or non-fiction and will leave with at least one complete story.

Grades: 7-8
Location: 372 5th Avenue in Park Slope at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
Dates: April 27, May 4, May 11, and May 18, 2019
Time: 11 AM - 2 PM

Fee: $100.00*

*This course is free for all currently registered AST and Writers' Room students.

Instructor:
Maryann Aita
Maryann is a long-time Superhero Supply Co. volunteer as well as a writer and performer. She’s been teaching and tutoring kids for more than 10 years. Her teleplay won a very tiny film festival award once, but she likes to bring it up as often as she can. Maryann has a BA in psychology from NYU and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence. She lives in Brooklyn with two very needy cats.

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Feeling Myself: Exploring Identity Through Poetry

Grades: 4-6

Location: 372 5th Avenue in Park Slope at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Dates: March 9, March 23, April 6 and April 13

Time: 11 AM – 2PM

Fee: 100*
*This workshop is free for currently registered AST students.

Description: In this workshop, young poets can explore who they are and where they come from through generative exercises. We’ll recall childhood memories, write from the perspective of one of their favorite objects, and offer advice to their younger selves. We’ll also experiment with taking something we’re not confident about and re-framing it in a new way.

We’ll look at poets like Nayyirah Waheed and how they define themselves through language.

Instructor: Joss Lake

Joss is a novelist and educator who enjoys working with students to find their inner spark. He is a writing instructor at SEO Scholars and a program coordinator at Behind the Book. He has been in residency at the Watermill Center and at Art Farm. He received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has been an editor at the literary journal, Conjunctions.

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Grades: 4-6
Location: 372 5th Avenue in Park Slope at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
Dates: March 9, March 23, April 6 and April 13
Time: 11 AM - 2PM
Fee: 100*
*This workshop is free for currently registered AST students.

In this workshop, young poets can explore who they are and where they come from through generative exercises. We’ll recall childhood memories, write from the perspective of one of their favorite objects, and offer advice to their younger selves. We’ll also experiment with taking something we’re not confident about and re-framing it in a new way.

We’ll look at poets like Nayyirah Waheed and how they define themselves through language.

Instructor: Joss Lake
Joss is a novelist and educator who enjoys working with students to find their inner spark. He is a writing instructor at SEO Scholars and a program coordinator at Behind the Book. He has been in residency at the Watermill Center and at Art Farm. He received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has been an editor at the literary journal, Conjunctions.

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Songs of Ourselves: Storytelling in the First Person

Grade: 6-8

Location: 372 5th Avenue in Park Slope at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Dates: April 20, April 27, May 4 and May 11

Time: 3 PM – 6 PM

Fee: $100*
*This course is free for all currently registered AST students.

Description: This workshop is designed to produce a completed short story or memoir piece from conception to final draft. In this workshop we will explore the many styles of first-person writing, and the techniques through which writers tell their story through the first person, including in fiction, memoir, and poetry. Each week, we will begin the workshop with a series of short readings, meant to frame the day’s theme and discussion. We will also watch short interviews with prominent writers to help understand what goes into their craft. Students are expected to finish a story over the course of the workshop.

“Songs of Ourselves” is a reference to the Walt Whitman poem “Song of Myself,” which is credited with revolutionizing American poetry, raising the consciousness of the “I.”

Instructor: Kwame Opoku-Duku

Kwame Opoku-Duku is the author of The Unbnd Verses (Glass Poetry Press, 2018) and a founding member of the Unbnd Collective. His work is featured or forthcoming in BOMB, Virginia Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Bettering American Poetry, The Literary Review, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. Kwame is nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2018, and he serves as an Adroit Journal fiction mentor. He lives in New York City, where he earned a degree in creative writing from Columbia University.

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Grade: 6-8
Location: 372 5th Avenue in Park Slope at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
Dates: April 20, April 27, May 4 and May 11
Time: 3 PM - 6 PM
Fee: $100*
*This course is free for all currently registered AST and Writers' Room students.

Description:
This workshop is designed to produce a completed short story or memoir piece from conception to final draft. In this workshop we will explore the many styles of first-person writing, and the techniques through which writers tell their story through the first person, including in fiction, memoir, and poetry. Each week, we will begin the workshop with a series of short readings, meant to frame the day’s theme and discussion. We will also watch short interviews with prominent writers to help understand what goes into their craft. Students are expected to finish a story over the course of the workshop.

“Songs of Ourselves” is a reference to the Walt Whitman poem “Song of Myself,” which is credited with revolutionizing American poetry, raising the consciousness of the “I.”

Instructor: Kwame Opoku-Duku
Kwame Opoku-Duku is the author of The Unbnd Verses (Glass Poetry Press, 2018) and a founding member of the Unbnd Collective. His work is featured or forthcoming in BOMB, Virginia Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Bettering American Poetry, The Literary Review, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. Kwame is nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2018, and he serves as an Adroit Journal fiction mentor. He lives in New York City, where he earned a degree in creative writing from Columbia University.

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