We offer free evening and weekend workshops designed to foster creativity, strengthen writing skills, and provide students with a forum for executing projects they might not otherwise have the support to undertake. Workshops range from the playful to the practical, and all are taught by volunteer writers, artists, educators, and publishing professionals.
PLEASE NOTE: Workshop attendance is determined on a first come first serve basis, and may fill up quickly. Once you have signed up for a workshop, please look for an email from email@example.com, outlining the next steps and verifying that we have received your request.
Our workshops are limited enrollment and often generate wait lists. With this in mind, please only sign up if you can make every session of a workshop. Thank you!
Time Travel Typewriter Workshop with harlequin creature
2 Friday sessions: May 2, 9
Taught by Meghan Forbes
For ages 9-12
826 invites you to travel back in time with the arts and literary journal harlequin creature! In this two-session workshop, you will use typewriters on loan from harlequin creature to create your own vintage stories, then hand-bind the stories into a book for you to keep! Never used a typewriter? Unclear about what a typewriter even is? Have no fear, you will l get plenty of practice before you type your final piece. Come join us for some old-fashioned fun and fancy!
* Students must be able to attend both sessions of this workshop
Storytelling Tuesdays in Williamsburg
4 Tuesday sessions: April 29, May 6, 13, 20 (2014)
Taught by 826NYC
For ages 6-18
Our student anthology is back! 826NYC is looking for short stories, poems, comics, screenplays, songs, raps, or any other kind of writing to fill it. Come join us for Storytelling Tuesdays where you will write your stories alongside other young authors, and learn about metaphor, character, setting, symbolism, and much more. You will also have the chance to be published in the upcoming 2014 826NYC Student Review. So come join us, and become a published writer!
*Please note: This workshop takes place at our off-site location, in the 826NYC Annex room at The Williamsburg Library (240 Division Ave. at Marcy Ave). Students must be able to attend all 4 sessions of this workshop.
Mystery Writing for Aspiring Slueths
1 Friday session: March 28 (2014)
Taught by Alyse Wexler
For ages 9-12
It's sleuthing time! You are a world-renowned detective, and your arch nemesis has just pulled off a major heist. A T-Rex has been stolen from the Museum of Natural History, and no one knows how your nemesis did it. Using a cast of suspicious characters and clues you find around the room, your job, in this one-time workshop, is to solve this mystery through writing. If you're hoping to become a bestselling mystery author, and like to solve puzzles, this is the workshop for you.
IndyKids Journalism Workshop (THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL)
5 Thursday sessions: April 10,24, May 1,8, and 15 (2014)
Taught by Toi Sin Arvidsson
For ages 9-13
Do you want to become a reporter so that you can bring important things happening in the world to other kids? Come join us to investigate and report on news stories and get your news article published in IndyKids, a nationally distributed newspaper! In this five weeks workshop, you will learn all about how to pitch a story, do research and interviews, how to write and edit news articles and much more. Come and get inspired to become a youth reporter like many of the IndyKids kid reporters!
*Students must be able to attend all 5 sessions of this workshop!
Fierce and Friendly Mascots
4 Thursday sessions: March 13, 20, 27, April 3 (2014)
Taught by Vanessa Garcia
Ages 6 to 9
Calling all animal lovers! Come and make a mascot for 826NYC! Every great place has a mascot that packs a lot of character. Should your mascot be a cuddly critter that visitors can't resist? Or a ferocious beast that intruders dare not cross? In this workshop, you will choose an animal and make a 3D sculpture that shows its fierce or friendly qualities (e.g. texture, expression, stature). You will write a "Mascot Monologue" from your animal's point of view. What's its name? What's its voice like? What does it think about this place? Act out the monologue to send a warm "welcome" or a growling "beware!"
*Students must be able to attend all 4 sessions of this workshop!
Epic Poetry: What It Means When We Talk About America
4 Monday sessions: March 3, 10, 17, and 24 (2014)
Taught by Kathleen Henning
For ages 13-18
President Obama has selected you to write an epic poem summarizing American history and beliefs. Your poem needs to communicate who Americans are, what they've done, and what they will do in the future. In this workshop you will get the chance to flex your writing skills, focusing on one longer piece of work over the course of four weeks. Never written an epic poem before? Luckily, you have a guide in Virgil, who was assigned to do the same thing by Augustus for Rome. His epic poem "The Aeneid" will help guide you through some of the concepts and events you might want to include in your own epic tale!
* Students must be able to attend all 4 sessions of this workshop!