THE WRITERS STUDIO KIDS WRITE
The Writers Studio KW provides creative fiction and poetry workshops to high school students living in Brooklyn. After-school workshops and an intensive summer writing camp are offered free of charge in Bedford-Stuyvesant at the Beacon Center inside Middle School 35. The purpose of these workshops is to help high school students discover their personal voices through writing and reading contemporary fiction and poetry.
The Writers Studio offers a unique workshop environment for serious writers to hone their craft through practical exercises based on successful contemporary fiction and poetry. The Writers Studio KW adapts this workshop model for high school age students. The students study techniques used by some of the best contemporary writers, including Junot Diaz, Brian Turner, Cate Marvin, Niccolo Ammaniti, Tyehimba Jess, Susan Straight, Colson Whitehead, Jamaica Kincaid, Toni Cade Bambera, Sandra Cisneros, Major Jackson, Elizabeth Alexander, Nam Le, Jennifer Egan and many, many more. The writing exercises are practical and hands-on so that high school students get excited about reading contemporary literature and expressing themselves through writing. The workshops help students to develop skills in a practical way: through our discussion of craft (what makes a successful story work), through writing short creative pieces based on our reading and discussion, and through sharing and critiquing each other's work. Collectively, the class edits and publishes a magazine of the work that they produced during the session. Our focus is always on creating strong persona narrators and constructive critique. Thus, the workshop builds a student's reading, writing, social, and analytical skills.
The Writers Studio KW Summer Writing
The Writers Studio KW hosts an intensive Summer Writing Camp in July at the Beacon Center inside Middle School 35 located at 272 MacDonough Street in Brooklyn. Workshops are small and personal (twelve students maximum) and meet Monday through Friday from 2:30-5 pm for three consecutive weeks. Students write every day for over an hour and each workshop ends with a constructive group critique of the work written that day. The students produce a 'zine of their work at the end of the camp and share their work in a public reading at a local community venue such as The Pantry at Peaches (409 Lewis Avenue in Brooklyn).
The Writers Studio KW After-School Workshops meet on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm for 10 consecutive weeks during the Fall and Spring academic sessions. Like the KW Summer Writing Camp, the students write each day and share their work in a group critique. The students produce a 'zine of their work at the end of the session and share their work in a public reading at a local community venue such as The Pantry at Peaches (409 Lewis Avenue in Brooklyn). To register a student for the next session, please contact Rebecca Gee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 347-633-2280. Please note that spaces are limited.
The Writers Studio KW workshops are always 100% free to students. Workshops are made possible by the generous support of The Casement Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Brooklyn Arts Council, and generous contributions from individual donors and our community partners.
The Writers Studio KW is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions on behalf of The Writers Studio KW are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.If you wish to support our program by making a donation, kindly visit: < https://www.fracturedatlas.org/donate/2047 >
Or write a check payable to Fractured Atlas and write The Writers Studio KW in the memo line. Mail your check to The Writers Studio, 78 Charles Street 2R, New York, New York 10014.
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If your company has a matching gift program and you would like to set up a contribution from your company, please contact Rebecca Gee at email@example.com or 347-633-2280.
Thank you to these early founders, who have gotten our project off to a great start:
Gerald Stern, in memory of Reginald Shepherd
Phyllis Aboaf, in honor of her mother, Hildegard Zuckerman
Bill and Genie Henderson
Peter Krass, in honor of his daughter, Jackie Krass
Lisa and Peter SW Bellamy
Liz and Jared Kingsley
Iromie Weeramantry, in honor of Michael Gregory Finlay
HBO Lawrence Besserman
The Casement Fund Deborah McAlister
Mark Peterson Brooklyn Arts Council
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Morgan Stanley Foundation
Thank you to these Community Partners who made the 2009 Summer Writing Camp possible:
Antonio Melendez and the staff of the Family Dynamics Beacon Center at MS 35
Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz
Crystal Bobb-Semple and Brownstone Books
Lloyd and Hillary at Bread Stuy
Iimani David and The New York Literary Society
The Macon Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library
Peaches Restaurant and Food For Thought
The Park Slope Food Coop