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Welcome

In 2002, I graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and moved to Brooklyn, where I found myself pining for a community of enthusiastic writers and readers. I placed an ad on Craigslist, and the very first group of Sackett Street writers climbed the three floors to my brownstone apartment kitchen.

They were hard-working writers and passionate readers, but they were also accountants and copywriters and stay-at-home-parents and industrial engineers. As I filled class after class (many with returning students who still participate today, ten years later), I realized that great writers were everywhere—not just at MFA programs and literary conferences.

Word spread that Sackett Street was a salon-like workshop with small classes, an intimate environment, dedicated instructors and motivated students. Today, over 2000 writers have studied with us. Many have gone on to top MFA programs, and more and more are being published by both big houses and independent presses.

New York City is full of great writers. Come join them at Sackett Street.

Sackett Street Faculty

Jessica DuLong - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Jessica DuLong

Jessica DuLong is an author, journalist, lecturer, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed… More ›

Terence Degnan - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Terence Degnan

Terence Degnan is a poet and spoken word artist. He’s… More ›

Jason Diamond - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Jason Diamond

Jason Diamond is a writer and editor who lives in… More ›

Julie Sarkissian - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Julie Sarkissian

Julie Sarkissian was born in Los Angeles and raised in Orange… More ›

Alex Gilvarry - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Alex Gilvarry

Alex Gilvarry is the author of the novel From the… More ›

Matthew Aaron Goodman - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Matthew Aaron Goodman

Matthew Aaron Goodman received a BA from Brandeis University. His… More ›

A.N. Devers - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
A.N. Devers

A.N. DEVERS' work has appeared in publications including Bust, Departures,… More ›

Michele Filgate - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Michele Filgate

Michele Filgate is a writer, indie bookseller/events coordinator at Community… More ›

Catherine Lacey - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey’s debut novel, Nobody Is Ever Missing, is forthcoming from… More ›

Justin Taylor - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor is the author of the novel The Gospel of… More ›

Dina Nayeri - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Dina Nayeri

Dina Nayeri's debut novel, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea,… More ›

Polly Duff Bresnick - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Polly Duff Bresnick

Polly Duff Bresnick is the author of two chapbooks, Old Gus… More ›

Kathleen Alcott - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Kathleen Alcott

Kathleen Alcott's first novel, The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets, was… More ›

Julia Cooke - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Julia Cooke

Julia Cooke has written personal essays about buying gourmet food… More ›

Gabriel Roth - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Gabriel Roth

Gabriel Roth's first novel, The Unknowns, comes out July 2 from Little, Brown,… More ›

Will Boast - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Will Boast

Will Boast's story collection, Power Ballads, won the 2011 Iowa Short… More ›

Scott Cheshire - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Scott Cheshire

Scott Cheshire earned his MFA from Hunter College. He is the interview… More ›

Marie-Helene Bertino - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Marie-Helene Bertino

Marie-Helene Bertino's debut collection of short stories SAFE AS HOUSES… More ›

Sarah Gerard - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Sarah Gerard

Sarah Gerard is a writer and a bookseller. Her fiction,… More ›

Rebecca Keith - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Rebecca Keith

Rebecca Keith’s poetry, fiction, and other writing have appeared in Vol. 1… More ›

Thessaly LaForce - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Thessaly LaForce

Thessaly La Force is a 2013 graduate of the Iowa… More ›

Kaitlyn Greenidge - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Kaitlyn Greenidge

Kaitlyn Greenidge is originally from Boston. She's a graduate of… More ›

Halimah Marcus - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Halimah Marcus

Halimah Marcus is Co-Editor of Electric Literature, a digital publisher… More ›

Heather Aimee O'Neill - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Heather Aimee O'Neill

Heather Aimee O’Neill is the Assistant Director of the Sackett Street… More ›

Erika Anderson - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Erika Anderson

Erika Anderson's work has appeared in the New York Times,… More ›

Myung! Joh Wesner - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Myung! Joh Wesner

Myung! Joh Wesner graduated with an A.B. in English from… More ›

Amelia Kahaney - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Amelia Kahaney

Amelia Kahaney is the author of The Brokenhearted, the first… More ›

Aryn Kyle - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Aryn Kyle

Aryn Kyle is the author of the novel The God… More ›

Ayana Mathis - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is… More ›

Madeline McDonnell - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Madeline McDonnell

Madeline McDonnell is the author of a small story collection,… More ›

Courtney Elizabeth Mauk - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Courtney Elizabeth Mauk

Courtney Elizabeth Mauk is author of the novels Spark (Engine… More ›

Jennifer Miller - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller is the author of The Year of the Gadfly (Houghton… More ›

Keija Parssinen - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Keija Parssinen

Keija Parssinen was born in al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and lived… More ›

Molly Rose Quinn - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Molly Rose Quinn

Molly Rose Quinn is a poet and prose writer raised… More ›

Jill Rosenberg - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Jill Rosenberg

Jill Rosenberg earned a BA from Vassar College and an… More ›

Emma Straub - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Emma Straub

Emma Straub is the author of the novel Laura Lamont's Life… More ›

Abby Sher - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Abby Sher

Abby Sher is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. Her… More ›

Ted Thompson - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Ted Thompson

Ted Thompson received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His… More ›

Karen Thompson Walker - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker was born and raised in San Diego,… More ›

Adam Wilson - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is the author of the novel Flatscreen (Harper Perennial,… More ›

Caeli Wolfson Widger - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Caeli Wolfson Widger

A Sackett faculty member since 2004, Caeli Wolfson Widger completed… More ›

Jenny Zhang - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Jenny Zhang

Jenny Zhang holds degrees from Stanford University and The Iowa Writers'… More ›

Catherine Chung - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Catherine Chung

Catherine Chung is the author of Forgotten Country. She is… More ›

Nick Dybek - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Nick Dybek

Nick Dybeck is a graduate of the University of Michigan,… More ›

Julia Fierro - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Julia Fierro

Julia Fierro's debut novel, Cutting Teeth will be published by St. Martin’s… More ›

Benjamin Hale - Faculty - The Sacket StreetWriters Workshop
Benjamin Hale

Benjamin Hale is the author of the novel The Evolution… More ›