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A note from Claire Van Winkle,

Rockaway Writers’ Workshop founder and teacher:

It's been a big year for Rockaway Writers’ Workshop! In 2017, we’ve continued to foster our neighborhood’s writing community with ongoing, affordable 6-Week Workshops...but that’s not all! In an effort to better serve our brilliant, diverse, and sometimes quirky community, we’ve expanded our programming. This year, RWW has...

•   added special workshops, including sessions focused on research and grammar;

•   kicked off Exquisite Corpus, our community insight/outreach group;

•   explored new venues, building relationships with local hotspots like Rockaway Brewing Company and Cuisine by Claudette;

•   established ongoing collaborations with the wonderful, whimsical Lola Star;

•   co-created Beach Bum Burlesque;

•   and expanded our social media presence to keep you inspired!

2018 promises to be even more exciting, but I can't do it alone. (Grammar students and enthusiasts will remark the shift to the first person. Allow me to explain...)

When I talk about “us” at Rockaway Writers’ Workshop, I am honoring the community of Rockaway writers, residents, and business owners that make my workshop possible. At the moment, however, I am RWW’s only employee. In 2017, I have--for better or worse--taken on the role of webmaster, graphic designer, marketing manager, and communications addition to teaching the actual workshops.

My community model offers workshop series for $200 less than similar classes in the Manhattan and Brooklyn. Right now, RWW is not quite breaking even. When we don't break even, I make up he difference out-of-pocket...and CUNY Adjunct pockets aren't all that deep.

This year’s success delights and inspires me, but every new project drastically increases my behind-the-scenes Workshop workload. As we close the book on 2017, I am reaching out to ask your help in firmly establishing Rockaway Writers’ Workshop as a “we.” With your generosity, this fundraiser will lay the groundwork for guest teachers, comprehensive community programs, accessible online classes, and a permanent workshop location.

Donations will also help me to launch ad campaigns to spread the word about RWW. The community model CAN be sustainable if I can increase enrollment. Your donations will help to fund marketing campaigns essential to filling classes.

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