current workshop

turning points:

writing momentous moments

All genres of writing—from jotting to journaling to epic journeys—hinge on moments of tension and change. This workshop will focus on how to create vital moments that stand the test of time. We will use personalized generative writing exercises, dynamic discussion, and literary influences to develop ongoing projects and/or inspire new work.

Saturdays 3pm-5pm beginning 3/17 at 157 Beach 122nd Street, #4
Tuesdays 10:30am-12:30pm beginning 3/20 at Cuisine by Claudette

Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm beginning 3/21 at Cuisine by Claudette


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6-Session registration is closed, but a 6-class card lets you write your own schedule!
For a limited time, $150 donations come with a 6-class card that never expires!

past workshops


  Thursdays 5:30pm-7:30pm beginning 10/12   * Saturdays 2pm-4pm beginning 10/14    Autumn workshops meet at the Rockaway Brewing Company (415 Beach 72nd St.)

Thursdays 5:30pm-7:30pm beginning 10/12 * Saturdays 2pm-4pm beginning 10/14

Autumn workshops meet at the Rockaway Brewing Company (415 Beach 72nd St.)

Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul…. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.     ~Franz Kafka



Our “present tension” is an ongoing tug-of-war between the rat-race reality of big-city survival and a virtual world paved with rabbit holes of limitless possibility. Both extremes challenge us to retain—or, at times, to revise—our sense of self. Whether we order the chaos by looking outward or turning our gaze inward, we can’t help but seek out patterns…and, in their absence, to impose patterns on our lives through conscious routine, consecrated ritual, or rationalized compulsion.

In The Obsession Sessions we will use journaling strategies and creative techniques to put our preoccupations to work. This workshop series will explore topics including but not limited to the psychology of everyday obsession, the art of active indulgence, the use of motif to deepen meaning, and the “complex” function of literary forms.


Like all RWW workshops, The Obsession Sessions is designed to accommodate all levels and genres and to further both personal and professional projects.

telling time

a six-week workshop for all genres & levels of experience

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Timing is everything. We all know it, but the punch line is that our experience of time is rarely in our control. We may try to live in the moment, but our busy lives parcel out our time from alarm to alert to text to tweet and on and on and on... That said, our experience of the past belies this present tension; for better or worse, our memories are momentous, exposing the action behind the scenes of the schedules and scripts of every-day life. All writing requires us to consider past, present and future. So how should we go about telling time?

As writers, we must be keenly aware that our readers are giving us their time. How will we use it? How will the pacing of our poetry and prose affect the experience of our readers? Will our novel worlds welcome them, or will we end up out of sync? This workshop will focus on the use of time, addressing not only the art of flashback (and flashforward), but also issues including but not limited to the pacing of dialogue, moving narrative forward by letting time stand still, bringing "dead time" to life, and allocating page space to guide our readers in real time.

This workshop welcomes writers of all genres and levels of experience. Feel free to enroll for the entire 6-Week Workshop, or get a class card and drop in whenever you like! 

If you're wondering what writing can do for you, just give it a try... Only time will tell.

Workshops meet Saturdays from 2pm-4pm at 157 Beach 122nd Street.


cover to cover:

telling your story, start to finish

This workshop is meant for writers seeking to make real progress on book-length projects. The tuition includes 6 150-minute sessions, feedback on up to 8 pages per week, unlimited access to all RWW classes and events during the session, AND a one-on-one 60 minute session with your teacher. One-on-one consultations will be scheduled at the first session. Students will be encouraged to share work weekly, using Dropbox for collaboration and commenting.