Write Away Workshops



Registration for this year’s Write Away Workshops is now open – sign up here!

 

La solicitud para los talleres de Escritura Ahora de este año escolar está abierta – ¡inscriba a su estudiante aquí!

 

Young writers come together in Write Away Workshops to explore a multitude of genres and subjects and to develop their voices. Groups write freely and participate in imaginative writing activities and lessons. Whether it’s a song, a piece of climate justice sci-fi, or a nature guide, young writers leave the workshop with a piece to be proud of, as well as a newfound understanding of the topic, and new friends.

 

2022-2023 Schedule

Write Away Workshops meet in 5-week sessions on the following schedule — please note that the Zoom and in-person workshops are the same, so please choose one or the other:
Grades 1-3: Saturdays, 10-11:30 AM – in-person
Grades 4-5: Tuesdays, 4-5:30 PM – on Zoom; Sundays, 10-11:30 AM – in person
Grades 6-8: Wednesdays, 4-5:30 PM – on Zoom; Saturdays, 12-1:30 PM – in person

Please note: Weekday Write Away Workshops do not meet on days when NYC public schools are not in session, and weekend workshops do not meet during holiday weekends.

 

Session 1 • Spooktacular: Strange & Scary Stories

Gather around the campfire to share stories about ghosts, ghouls, zombies and more! This fall, we will be exploring creepy characters and spine-chilling settings by inventing our own spooky creatures and writing about their adventures past and present. Bring a jacket– we’re getting goosebumps just thinking about it!

Grades 1-3, in-person: Saturdays, 10-11:30 | September 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29
Grades 4-5, in-person: Sundays, 10-11:30 | September 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30
Grades 4-5, on Zoom: Tuesdays, 4-5:30 | September 20, October 4, 11, 18, 25
Grades 6-8, in-person: Saturdays, 12-1:30 | September 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29
Grades 6-8, on Zoom: Wednesdays, 4-5:30 | September 21, 28, October 12, 19, 26

 

Session 2 • Long, Long Ago: Myths & Origin Stories

There are things we all know about – Valentine’s Day, chocolate chip cookies, the Statue of Liberty – but do you know where these things came from? In this workshop we will investigate where and when different celebrations, traditions, and icons of daily life started and write about the history (real or imagined) of things that are important in our own lives!

Grades 1-3, in-person: Saturdays, 10-11:30 | November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10
Grades 4-5, in-person: Sundays, 10-11:30 | November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11
Grades 4-5, on Zoom: Tuesdays, 4-5:30 | November 1, 15, 22, 29, December 6
Grades 6-8, in-person: Saturdays, 12-1:30 | November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10
Grades 6-8, on Zoom: Wednesdays, 4-5:30 | November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7

 

Session 3 • A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: Writing about Art

Has the perfect painting ever inspired a poem? Do sculptures make you want to write a story? Do fab photos bring to mind all kinds of fun phrases? Then this may be the class for you! Over five sessions, we will look at art inspired by writing, writing inspired by art, and try our hand at some original writing inspired by paintings and sculptures! They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, and we’re out to make those words our own.

Grades 1-3, in-person: Saturdays, 10-11:30 | January 7, 21, 28, February 4, 11
Grades 4-5, in-person: Sundays, 10-11:30 | January 8, 22, February 5, 12*
Grades 4-5, on Zoom: Tuesdays, 4-5:30 | January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Grades 6-8, in-person: Saturdays, 12-1:30 | January 7, 21, 28, February 4, 11
Grades 6-8, on Zoom: Wednesdays, 4-5:30 | January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1

* Please note: The Sunday class for grades 4-5 will only meet 4 times during this session, due to the timing of holidays and Midwinter Recess. The price will be adjusted accordingly ($200 full price; $100 partial scholarship).

 

Session 4 • The Concrete Jungle: Stories about Our City

From the steep paths of Inwood Hill Park to the serene garden in Snug Harbor, New York City has so much to explore. Join us as we learn about how our city was made- Who decided where to put the parks? Why is my street named that? What did my neighborhood look like 50 years ago? We’ll explore these questions and more while writing stories and histories about the place where we live!

Grades 1-3, in-person: Saturdays, 10-11:30 | March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
Grades 4-5, in-person: Sundays, 10-11:30 | March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2
Grades 4-5, on Zoom: Tuesdays, 4-5:30 | February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Grades 6-8, in-person: Saturdays, 12-1:30 | March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
Grades 6-8, on Zoom: Wednesdays, 4-5:30 | March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

 

Session 5 • Into the Unknown: Adventure Stories

Hercules, Dory, Mirabel, Percy – all of our favorite characters go on perilous (and sometimes fun!) adventures to figure out who they are and save the day. Venture into the unknown with 826NYC and learn about what makes the hero’s journey so captivating, then try your hand at writing your own short story about a unique and daring main character!

Grades 1-3, in-person: Saturdays, 10-11:30 | April 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3
Grades 4-5, in-person: Sundays, 10-11:30 | April 23, 30, May 7, 21, June 4
Grades 4-5, on Zoom: Tuesdays, 4-5:30 | April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
Grades 6-8, in-person: Saturdays, 12-1:30 | April 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3
Grades 6-8, on Zoom: Wednesdays, 4-5:30 | April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17

 

Cost and Scholarship Options:

826NYC is committed to keeping our programs available to the young writers who need our support most. This program is available with the following fee options: full price ($250 per 5-week session, with a $50 discount if you register for multiple sessions at once), partial scholarship ($125 per session), or full scholarship (free). Families are invited to select the fee that works best for them upon registration; no additional scholarship application is required.

Questions? Email programs@826nyc.org or call 718-499-9884.

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