Workshops

A Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop

At Sackett Street, we believe that learning to read with “a writer’s perspective” is an essential part of a writer’s development. In workshop, through the close reading of both classmates’ writing and published work, writers analyze the successes (and non-successes) of the writers’ choices concerning structure, character and language.

Because the focus of the critique is on how these choices contribute to the psychological, emotional and intellectual experience of the reader, and because the instructors encourage specific and constructive critique, there is less of the vagueness (this is good, this is bad) that makes so many writing workshops unbearable and unhelpful for the writers participating.

After just a few weeks of reading with a writer’s perspective, writers leave Sackett Street (or return, as many writers do) with a developed awareness of craft, and a new confidence in their ability to read, analyze and revise their own work. Once this ability to read with a “writer’s perspective” is developed, the writer’s potential for growth is limitless.

Upcoming Workshops

Location

Park Slope

Fee

$425.00

Instructor

Will Boast

Begins Week Of

2014-04-28

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weekday TBA
Workshop Description

Through group discussion of student work, plus that of published authors, writers in this workshop will examine the art and craft of creative nonfiction. The focus will be on learning to understand and use a full range of literary techniques in order to tell a truly compelling nonfiction story. Topics such as the use of dialogue, the creation of scene, attention to style and how to craft structure from true events will be discussed. Participants will also spend time talking about the particular responsibilities that come with writing creative nonfiction. This workshop is open to writers working on memoir, personal essays or in-depth journalism.

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Location

Lower East Side

Fee

$475.00

Instructor

Erika Anderson

Begins Week Of

2014-05-05

Time

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Meets On

Tuesdays
Workshop Description

Through group discussion of student work, plus that of published authors, writers in this workshop will examine the art and craft of creative nonfiction. The focus will be on learning to understand and use a full range of literary techniques in order to tell a truly compelling nonfiction story. Topics such as the use of dialogue, the creation of scene, attention to style and how to craft structure from true events will be discussed. Participants will also spend time talking about the particular responsibilities that come with writing creative nonfiction. This workshop is open to writers working on memoir, personal essays or in-depth journalism.

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Location

Lower East Side

Fee

$475.00

Instructor

Dina Nayeri

Begins Week Of

2014-05-05

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weekday TBA
Workshop Description

Writers participating in this course will learn how to recognize the successful techniques in their fiction - what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing the many choices (point-of-view, tone, characterizing details, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. This course is intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.

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Location

Clinton Hill

Fee

$425.00

Instructor

Alex Gilvarry

Begins Week Of

2014-05-05

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weekday TBA
Workshop Description

Writers participating in this course will learn how to recognize the successful techniques in their fiction - what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing the many choices (point-of-view, tone, characterizing details, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. This course is intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.

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Location

Carroll Gardens

Fee

$475.00

Instructor

Scott Cheshire

Begins Week Of

2014-05-05

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weekday TBA
Workshop Description

Writers participating in this course will learn how to recognize the successful techniques in their fiction - what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing the many choices (point-of-view, tone, characterizing details, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. This course is intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.

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Location

Park Slope

Fee

$1025.00

Begins Week Of

2014-05-21

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Every other Wednesday
Workshop Description

This generative workshop meets ten times total, and every OTHER week. Students have the opportunity to hand in chapters (up to 20 pages max) every meeting, and receive feedback from the instructor on these pages. The workshop is open to writers who have completed one or more chapters of a novel. Only novel excerpts and the structural choices specific to the craft of writing will be discussed. Writers participating in this course will learn how to recognize the successful techniques in their novel excerpts - what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing the many choices (point-of-view, tone, characterizing details, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. This course is intended for writers who have some experience writing and workshopping.

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Location

Upper West Side

Fee

$425.00

Begins Week Of

2014-06-02

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weekday TBA
Workshop Description

In this workshop, writers will learn how to manipulate the tools of fiction-writing (point-of-view, plot, characterizing detail, tone, etc.) to craft complete and unique stories that engage the reader. In-class critiques and exercises, as well as lectures and feedback from the instructor, are used to help students further develop their writing. This course is intended for writers with some writing experience who are looking to learn more about what makes a story, "a story"

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Location

Midtown

Fee

$425.00

Instructor

Ted Thompson

Begins Week Of

2014-06-02

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weekday TBA
Workshop Description

Writers participating in this course will learn how to recognize the successful techniques in their fiction - what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing the many choices (point-of-view, tone, characterizing details, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. This course is intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.

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Location

Union Square

Fee

$425.00

Instructor

Thessaly LaForce

Begins Week Of

2014-06-02

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weekday TBA
Workshop Description

In this workshop, writers will learn how to manipulate the tools of fiction-writing (point-of-view, plot, characterizing detail, tone, etc.) to craft complete and unique stories that engage the reader. In-class critiques and exercises, as well as lectures and feedback from the instructor, are used to help students further develop their writing. This course is intended for writers with some writing experience who are looking to learn more about what makes a story, "a story."

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Location

Park Slope

Fee

$425.00

Instructor

Will Boast

Begins Week Of

2014-07-07

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weekday TBA
Workshop Description

Writers participating in this course will learn how to recognize the successful techniques in their fiction - what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing the many choices (point-of-view, tone, characterizing details, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. This course is intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.

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Location

Lower East Side

Fee

$425.00

Instructor

Erika Anderson

Begins Week Of

2014-07-07

Time

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Meets On

Tuesdays
Workshop Description

Through group discussion of student work, plus that of published authors, writers in this workshop will examine the art and craft of creative nonfiction. The focus will be on learning to understand and use a full range of literary techniques in order to tell a truly compelling nonfiction story. Topics such as the use of dialogue, the creation of scene, attention to style and how to craft structure from true events will be discussed. Participants will also spend time talking about the particular responsibilities that come with writing creative nonfiction. This workshop is open to writers working on memoir, personal essays or in-depth journalism.

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Location

Midtown

Fee

$425.00

Instructor

Ted Thompson

Begins Week Of

2014-07-07

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Monday
Workshop Description

Writers participating in this course will learn how to recognize the successful techniques in their fiction - what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing the many choices (point-of-view, tone, characterizing details, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. This course is intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.

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Location

Boerum Hill

Fee

$475.00

Instructor

Myung! Joh Wesner

Begins Week Of

2014-07-07

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weekday TBA
Workshop Description

This workshop uses in-class discussion, handouts and instructor advice to help students decide what MFA programs are best for them. Additionally, the course features plenty of advice on the personal essay, recommendation letters, choosing work for manuscripts, and discussion of the pros and cons of various programs. The stories/excerpts students intend on including in their applications will be workshopped, and feedback from the instructor and class participants will help polish application manuscripts. This course is open to story-writers, novelists and nonfiction writers.

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Location

Park Slope

Fee

$425.00

Begins Week Of

2014-07-07

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weekday TBA
Workshop Description

In this workshop, writers will learn how to manipulate the tools of fiction-writing (point-of-view, plot, characterizing detail, tone, etc.) to craft complete and unique stories that engage the reader. In-class critiques and exercises, as well as lectures and feedback from the instructor, are used to help students further develop their writing. This course is intended for writers with some writing experience who are looking to learn more about what makes a story, "a story."

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Location

Clinton Hill

Fee

$425.00

Instructor

Alex Gilvarry

Begins Week Of

2014-07-14

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weekday TBA
Workshop Description

In this workshop, writers will learn how to manipulate the tools of fiction-writing (point-of-view, plot, characterizing detail, tone, etc.) to craft complete and unique stories that engage the reader. In-class critiques and exercises, as well as lectures and feedback from the instructor, are used to help students further develop their writing. This course is intended for writers with some writing experience who are looking to learn more about what makes a story, "a story."

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Location

Upper West Side

Fee

$100.00

Instructor

TBA
Alex Gilvarry

Begins Week Of

2014-09-20

Time

3:47pm - 7:00pm

Meets On

Weekday TBA
Workshop Description

Writing Without a Map/Revision Strategies

To write with an outline is to begin with a plan, and to know where you’re headed. But what happens if you determine not to plan, if you skip the outline and plunge ahead with nothing more than a few scraps of dialogue, an idea of something you want to explore, or even just a gut feeling? And then let’s say you’ve done that and you reached the end of a draft? Now what? In this two-part workshop, we’ll begin with letting go and allowing  the work to surprise us, and then we’ll discuss revision strategies and techniques to bring those messy, exuberant first drafts under control.

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