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


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Location

Bookcourt Bookstore (Cobble Hill)

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Michele Filgate

Begins Week Of

2015-09-08

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

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

$525.00

Instructor

Ted Thompson

Begins Week Of

2015-09-14

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Mondays
Workshop Description

MFA Application Prep Workshop

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

Bookcourt Bookstore (Cobble Hill)

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Bill Cheng

Begins Week Of

2015-09-14

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

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

Upper West Side

Fee

$525.00

Begins Week Of

2015-09-15

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Tuesdays
Workshop Description

A writing sample is not necessary to apply for this workshop. Please fill out name, contact info, and writing/writing class experience fields below.

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

$525.00

Instructor

A.N. Devers

Begins Week Of

2015-09-16

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Wednesdays
Workshop Description

A writing sample is not necessary to apply for this workshop. Please fill out name, contact info, and writing/writing class experience fields below.

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

Carroll Gardens

Fee

$1125.00

Begins Week Of

2015-09-16

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Wednesdays (class meets every other week)
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

Bookcourt Bookstore (Cobble Hill)

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Sophie McManus

Begins Week Of

2015-09-16

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

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

Prospect Heights

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Rebecca Schiff

Begins Week Of

2015-09-17

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Thursdays
Workshop Description

A writing sample is not necessary to apply for this workshop. Please fill out name, contact info, and writing/writing class experience fields below.

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

Brooklyn Heights

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Julie Sarkissian

Begins Week Of

2015-09-22

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Tuesdays
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.

Additionally, this workshop uses in-class discussion, handouts and instructor advice to help students decide if MFA programs are the best choice for them. Additionally, the course features 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 workshop is open to writers applying to MFA programs, as well as those who are not applying.

 

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Location

Brooklyn Heights

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Xeni Fragakis

Begins Week Of

2015-10-01

Time

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Meets On

Thursdays
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

Upper West Side

Fee

$450.00

Instructor

Jessica Gross

Begins Week Of

2015-10-05

Time

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Meets On

Weeknight 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

Long Island City

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

David Burr Gerrard

Begins Week Of

2015-10-12

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

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 writing and workshopping experience.

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Location

Park Slope

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Lynn Steger Strong

Begins Week Of

2015-10-12

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weeknight TBA
Workshop Description

A writing sample is not necessary to apply for this workshop. Please fill out name, contact info, and writing/writing class experience fields below.

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

$525.00

Instructor

Austin Ratner

Begins Week Of

2015-10-19

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

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 writing and workshopping experience.

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Location

Carroll Gardens

Fee

$1125.00

Begins Week Of

2015-10-21

Time

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Meets On

Wednesdays (class meets every other week)
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

Bookcourt Bookstore (Cobble Hill)

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Ted Thompson

Begins Week Of

2015-11-03

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

TBA
Workshop Description

Master Class - Fiction Writing (open to short story writers and novelists)

This class is designed for fiction writers with extensive workshop experience. Writers will learn how to listen to a piece of fiction, recognize its patterns, and translate these observations into clarity in revision. Rather than "fix" drafts, our goal will be to remain open to what's already there and discuss the ways to deepen it. While examining standard elements of craft (point-of-view, tone, dialogue, pacing, etc.) in each other's work, we'll also discuss how to recognize a story's intentions, how to locate its subtextual logic, and ways to sharpen it while still honoring its fundamental aims.

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Location

Bookcourt Bookstore (Cobble Hill)

Fee

$450.00

Instructor

Rachel Lyon

Begins Week Of

2015-11-09

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Mondays
Workshop Description

A writing sample is not necessary to apply for this workshop. Please fill out name, contact info, and writing/writing class experience fields below.

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

Bookcourt Bookstore (Cobble Hill)

Fee

$400.00

Instructor

Michele Filgate

Begins Week Of

2015-11-12

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Thursdays
Workshop Description

Writers participating in this course will learn how to recognize the successful techniques in their nonfiction - what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing the many choices a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. This course is intended for writers who have writing and workshopping experience.

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Location

Fort Greene

Fee

$525.00

Begins Week Of

2015-11-17

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

TBA
Workshop Description

Master Class - The Head and The Heart

Instructors Bill Cheng and Kaitlyn Greenidge

The craft of fiction consists of two elements: a writer’s head and a writer’s heart. To write effective fiction, a writer has to make emotional and intellectual choices, has to decide when it’s time to analyze form and when it’s time to go with feeling; when to plan meticulously and when to charge full-steam ahead with passion.

This six-week course will cover a different aspect of craft each week looking at both the mechanics and meaning behind each element. Every week, participants will read a story related to the specific aspect of craft and complete a short writing assignment designed to exercise that part of craft. Students will also workshop one story, with the understanding that the workshop will focus on a specific aspect of craft of the student’s choosing.

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Location

Bookcourt Bookstore (Cobble Hill)

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Michele Filgate

Begins Week Of

2016-01-11

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weeknight 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

Bookcourt Bookstore (Cobble Hill)

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Instructor TBA

Begins Week Of

2016-01-11

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

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

Bookcourt Bookstore (Cobble Hill)

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Orli Van Mourik

Begins Week Of

2016-01-11

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weeknight TBA
Workshop Description

A writing sample is not necessary to apply for this workshop. Please fill out name, contact info, and writing/writing class experience fields below.

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

Bushwick

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Tony Tulathimutte

Begins Week Of

2016-01-11

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

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 writing and workshopping experience.

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Location

Park Slope

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Instructor TBA

Begins Week Of

2016-01-11

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

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 writing and workshopping experience.

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Location

Park Slope

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Instructor TBA

Begins Week Of

2016-01-11

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

Weeknight TBA
Workshop Description

A writing sample is not necessary to apply for this workshop. Please fill out name, contact info, and writing/writing class experience fields below.

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

Carroll Gardens

Fee

$525.00

Instructor

Taylor Larsen

Begins Week Of

2016-01-11

Time

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Meets On

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 writing and workshopping experience.

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Location

Carroll Gardens

Fee

$1125.00

Begins Week Of

2016-02-11

Time

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Meets On

Thursdays (class meets every other week)
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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