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Telling Great Stories

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Everyone has a story to tell. Whether you’re a skilled practitioner polishing a piece or a beginner learning the craft, this workshop has something for you. Often, there isn't a big difference between fiction and nonfiction, and both formats are welcome here.  Many writers begin with incidents that they remember, or situations that are happening...

Monday Oct 28th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (8 sessions)
$460

8 sessions

Life Stories

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

For people who have lived and worked and want to write about their childhood as well as their more recent past. Whether you are a published writer or last wrote in a childhood diary, you are welcome in this class. Mark Twain said, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is the difference between lightning and lightning...

Tuesday Oct 29th, 10am - 12pm

  (8 sessions)
$460

8 sessions

Intro to Fiction

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

In this class, beginning and intermediate-level fiction students work toward building short stories and novel chapters by learning the elements of craft, which include conflict, tension, characterization, voice, setting, dialogue, and scene vs. summary.   Class sessions will be devoted to craft lessons, studying excellent published works,...

Wednesday Oct 30th, 1pm - 3pm

  (6 sessions)
$402

6 sessions

Going Deeper: Fiction Workshop

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

This fiction workshop is for experienced writers looking for feedback on their short stories and novel chapters. In a warm environment, students will receive honest, detailed feedback and learn techniques to improve craft, deepen fiction, and identify and tackle common storytelling problems. Each student will get to submit two pieces for workshopping...

Wednesday Oct 30th, 6:45pm - 8:45pm

  (7 sessions)
$402

7 sessions

The Art of Personal Narrative

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

This open-level class is for anyone interested in writing personal narrative in any form: memoir, creative nonfiction, or personal essay. Through insightful critique and focused discussion, we hone the tools of strong writing: distinctive voice, precise language, resonant imagery, vivid sensory description, dramatic scene and dialogue, and inventive...

Thursday Oct 31st, 6:45pm - 8:45pm

  (7 sessions)
$402

7 sessions

Shaping the Stories in Our Lives

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Every life has stories worth writing. This class provides tools to overcome fear of the blank page and writing prompts to jump-start the creative process. Inspired by collaborative discussion and examples of great writing, participants will hone in on their stories and explore elements of craft.  No pre-registration requirement. Open to writers...

Tuesday Nov 5th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

  (7 sessions)
$402

7 sessions

Screenwriting/Playwriting/TV & Musical Theater Writing

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

In this workshop playwrights, screenwriters, tv, and musical theater writers revise works-in-progress or develop new ideas from conception to completion. Several active students are currently having works produced in NYC and abroad that were developed in class. Particular attention is paid to writing prompts and exercises that engage fundamentals of...

Monday Oct 28th, 6:45pm - 8:45pm

  (8 sessions)
$460

8 sessions

A Laughing Matter - Adding Humor to Your Writing

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Humor is a skill that can come in mighty handy – especially since we’re all gonna die. Whether you’re trying to punch up your online dating profile, become an amusing public speaker, write that memoir, craft essays, find success as a stand-up comedian so you can have an excuse to drink all the time (or sleep around), or publish the next (and...

Thursday Oct 31st, 6:45pm - 8:45pm

  (7 sessions)
$402

7 sessions

Reader's Theatre 55+

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

A great class for theater enthusiasts to learn, explore, and experience dynamic new plays. Each week, the class reads a contemporary play cold from start to finish, developing character spontaneously. With the instructor's creative guidance, students learn to accumulate circumstances and make creative choices about character. At the conclusion of the...

Tuesday Nov 5th, 1pm - 4pm

  (6 sessions)
$345

6 sessions

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Wheel: Beginning/Intermediate

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Beginners will learn the basic skills of throwing on the potter’s wheel and glazing techniques. Intermediate students will work on individual projects to further develop their skills and unique personal expression. Demos and critiques will be given regularly.

No Upcoming Schedules
$360

8 sessions

Stained Glass

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Learn to create beautiful glass objects using this ancient craft. Students learn to create patterns, cut foil, and solder stained glass into a variety of useful and sculptural forms that include candle holders, night lights, mirrors, and light catchers. Ample individual assistance enables each person to pursue his/her individual projects.

No Upcoming Schedules
$360

8 sessions

Beaded Jewelry Workshop

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

This five (5) weeks workshop is for beginners as well as those with some beading experience. Participants will learn a variety of popular beadwork stitches, which will then be applied to projects chosen by the instructor. Supplies will be available for purchase at the classes.

No Upcoming Schedules
$225

5 sessions

Filling the Well

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

This is the perfect class for fiction writers who want to be writing but aren't, or those who feel stuck on a current project. This is a generating class in which students write new material or advance pre-existing short stories or novel chapters. The class provides weekly deadlines, through fun and challenging prompts, that serve as pricks to the...

No Upcoming Schedules
$402

7 sessions

Drawing & Watercolor (Beg/Int)

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Introduction to the basic techniques of drawing and watercolor. Our subjects will be still-life, art reproductions and photos. Supplies will be provided for the first class. Enjoy developing your rendering skills in a supportive environment

No Upcoming Schedules
$360

8 sessions

Strange and Fantastical Tales

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown 5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

In this class, we’ll look at an assortment of genres—fairy tales, fairy tale retellings, fantasy, ghost stories, and other weird and wondrous fictions. The published works will serve as sources of inspiration as well as models of what's possible. We'll examine the requirements of each genre, and some techniques we'll study include: creating...

No Upcoming Schedules
$575

10 sessions

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