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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
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!"
Building Workshop: Kites and Patterns
4 Sunday sessions: Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 23 (2014)
Taught by Peter Hall
For ages 8 to 12
Builders wanted! If you love tinkering with tessellations and thinking in three dimensions, this is the workshop for you! Join us as we design, execute, and write our own plans for flying structures and repeating geometric patterns. In this workshop, we'll use everyday materials to explore the basics of three-dimensional structure and form, we'll look at how form and structure inform writing, and let our creative dreams take flight!
5 Wednesday sessions: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5 (2014)
Taught by 826NYC
For ages 6 to 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 Write-In Wednesdays where you will write your stories alongside other young authors, and learn about metaphor, character, setting, symbolism, and much more. You'll also have the chance to be published in the upcoming 2014 826NYC Student Review. So come join us, and become a published writer!
Super Novel Writers (Teen Workshop)
5 Sunday sessions: Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 8 (2013)
Taught by Mariama Lockington
For ages 13-18
Calling all teen writers! November is National Novel Writing Month and 826NYC is building a super team of teen writers to participate. Do you have a great idea for a science fiction, mystery, romance, or any other kind of novel that you have been dying to get on paper? Come join us for the challenge of writing a novel, yes a WHOLE BOOK, in 30 days alongside and in competition with other writers from all over the world. In this workshop you will learn what it takes to create an exciting plot, come up with original and thrilling characters, set an individual word count goals, write, revise, and then write some more until the challenge ends on November 30. And it gets better! By the end of this workshop you will be able to walk away with an excerpt of your novel published in a real book. Do you have what it takes to be on the team? We know so. Register today.
*Please note that students must be able to attend ALL sessions of this workshop. Snacks will be provided every week.
Build A City (THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED)
4 Sunday sessions: September 22,29 & October 6, 20 (2013)
Taught by Peter Hall
For ages 8-12
Builders wanted! If you've ever wanted to build your own city, your own skyscrapers, your own railroads and bridges then this is the class for you! Join us as we design, execute, and write our own plans for cities and countries. In this workshop, we'll use everyday materials to explore the basics of three-dimensional structure and form, we'll look at how form and structure inform writing, AND we'll build the city of your dreams!
Please note: Students must attend all four sessions of this workshop.
Puppet Masterpiece Theater (THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED)
3 Wednesday sessions: Oct 2,9,16 (2013)
Taught by Tina Lee and Justin Gabaldon
For ages 9-12
Make your own puppets and write scenes (dramatic speeches! doom-and-gloom disasters! comedic capers!) in this 3-week workshop. We will watch clips, talk about the building pieces of a scene and transform your ideas, paper, felt, and other everyday objects into real characters. Get started on your next play whether for puppets or humans, the stage is yours!