New York Writers Workshop

Jump–start your writing! In-class and at-home assignments help novice writers develop the technique and structure for good writing habits. More advanced workshops deal with craft, style, revision, clarification, and getting published. New York's best known writing instructors lead supportive yet rigorous class discussions of student work.

Abut the classes and how to register

Mixed-Level Classes: Most classes are appropriate for beginner and intermediate students, including writers who have participated in previous workshops but want to work on technique. Registration for these classes is on a first come first-served basis.

Advanced Level Classes: For experienced and previously published writers who want to refine their work for publication. Registration for advanced classes requires approval of the instructor and a 3- to 5-page writing sample.

Success stories

"Charles Salzberg's was the single best writing course I've ever experienced. He provided just the right amount of support and constructive criticism. I left each session with ideas to improve my piece."

Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada (Doubleday, 2003), developed in Charles Salzberg's workshop "Publish Your Truth."

"I loved Laura Geringer Bass' writing workshop at the JCC so much that I've already taken it twice and will sign up again. With grace, humor, kindness, insight, and a lot of inspiring prompts, she helps students through the creative process, greatly improving our work along the way. Her wisdom and guidance helped me sell the book I worked on in her workshop to a topnotch publisher. I can't wait to work with her again!” —Joanna Cotler, artist and picture book author.

Stacey Lender—City Mouse (Akashic/Kaylie Jones Books) 2017

Lisa R. Cohen—After Etan: The Missing Child Case That Held America Captive

(Grand Central Publishing, 2009)

Vivian Conan—Essay in The New York Times (Westchester Section)

Gail Eisenberg—articles in New York Daily News

Judith Gorfein—essays in The New York Times and Christian Science Monitor

Sally Hoskins—Essays in Newsweek and The New York Times

Stephanie Klein—Straight Up and Dirty (Regan Books, 2006)

Sally Koslow—Little Pink Slips (Putnam and Berkley, 2007), The Late, Lamented Molly Marx (Ballantine Books, 2009), and With Friends Like These (Ballantine Books, forthcoming)

Betty Wald—Essay in The New York Times (Westchester Section)

Laura B. Weiss—article in New York Daily News

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