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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 by lottery due to a high interest in our programs. Once you have signed up for a workshop, please look for an email from workshops@826nyc.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!

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Super Novel Writers

6 Sunday sessions: Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 17, Dec 7 (2014)

11:00am-2:00pm

Taught by Ellen Twaddell

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'll 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.

*Students must be able to attend all 6 sessions of this workshop! Snacks will be provided every week

TO ENROLL: Due to limited space and a high volume of interest in our fall programs, students will be admitted to this workshop on a lottery basis. The lottery will be drawn on September 15. Sign-up for the lottery below:

Draw Comics Like A Superhero

5 Tuesday sessions: Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4 (2014)

6:00pm-8:00pm

Taught by Ellen Lindner

For ages 10-12

Love drawing? Love writing big, exciting stories? Learn to combine the two in our upcoming comics workshop! Professional cartoonist Ellen Lindner will teach you the tools of the trade, showing you how to take your comics stories from an initial idea to final, lettered artwork. This class will last for five sessions, with lots of in-depth drawing and discussion time.

*Students must be able to attend all 5 sessions of this workshop!

TO ENROLL: Due to limited space and a high volume of interest in our fall programs, students will be admitted to this workshop on a lottery basis. The lottery will be drawn on September 15. Sign-up for the lottery below:

The Young Superheroes Guide to NYC

6 Thursday sessions: Oct 2, 16, 23, 30 Nov 6, 13 (2014)

6:00-7:30pm

Taught by 826NYC

For ages 9-12

Come help 826NYC write a "Young Superheroes Guide to New York City." In this workshop, you will harness your journalism and personal narrative powers to highlight the parts of your city that you love most. While you're working to design the BEST New York guidebook ever created, twelve students at StoryPlant, a writing center in Toronto, Canada will also be crafting a guidebook to their city. Through sharing your favorite places and writing letters, you'll get to learn about two cities for the price of one and be published in a joint anthology. Sound like an adventure you'd like to join us for? Register today.

*Students must be able to attend all 6 sessions of this workshop!

TO ENROLL: Due to limited space and a high volume of interest in our fall programs, students will be admitted to this workshop on a lottery basis. The lottery will be drawn on September 15. Sign-up for the lottery below:

Zombie Apocalypse: STEM & Writing Workshop - Session A

4 weekday sessions: August 11, 12, 13, & 14 (2014)

10am-12pm

Taught by 826NYC

For ages 8-12

This summer, indulge your interests in science, technology, engineering, math and the undead at our zombie apocalypse workshop! Each session, you'll get the chance to learn about the spread of disease, figure out how to build your way out of trouble, and gain valuable skills for the inevitable apocalypse. Of course, you will also be carefully documenting humanity's attempt to survive for future civilizations to read. Using hands-on activities and computer programs to model scenarios, you will strengthen your prediction skills and potentially pick up some life-saving survival smarts along the way.

TO ENROLL: Due to limited space and a high volume of interest in our summer workshops, students will be admitted to this workshop on a lottery basis. The lottery will be drawn on June 15. Sign-up for the lottery below:

Zombie Apocalypse: STEM & Writing Workshop- Session B

4 weekday sessions: August 11, 12, 13, & 14 (2014)

2pm-4pm

Taught by 826NYC

For ages 8-12

This summer, indulge your interests in science, technology, engineering, math and the undead at our zombie apocalypse workshop! Each session, you'll get the chance to learn about the spread of disease, figure out how to build your way out of trouble, and gain valuable skills for the inevitable apocalypse. Of course, you will also be carefully documenting humanity's attempt to survive for future civilizations to read. Using hands-on activities and computer programs to model scenarios, you will strengthen your prediction skills and potentially pick up some life-saving survival smarts along the way.

TO ENROLL: Due to limited space and a high volume of interest in our summer workshops, students will be admitted to this workshop on a lottery basis. The lottery will be drawn on June 15. Sign-up for the lottery below:

Summer Filmmakers Program (Williamsburg)- THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

8 Weekday sessions: July 14,15,16,17 & July 21, 22,23, 24

2:00-5:00pm

Taught by 826NYC & NYC Parks

For ages 8-13

Do you have a flare for the camera or love romantic comedies, horror films, or suspenseful dramas? Want to learn what it means to write and star in a movie? In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work in small groups to write, edit, act in, and direct your own short films with the help of our talented volunteers. And that's not all! After the workshop ends you'll get to attend a red-carpet premiere at BAM Rose Cinemas to watch your movie on the big screen.

*Students must be able to participate in ALL eight sessions and may be required to arrive early on some days for extra filming as needed.

TO ENROLL: This workshop is held at and in partnership with the McCarren Park Computer Resource Center in Williamsburg (776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222). Due to limited space and a high volume of interest in our summer workshops, students will be admitted to this workshop on a lottery basis. The lottery will be drawn on June 1. Sign-up for the lottery below:

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Some Past Workshops

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All the World's a Stage, February 2005

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The Big Dig, October 2004

Some Past Workshops

If You Want to Go Far...

January 24, 2011

Wanted: Six Detectives

August 04, 2005

Instant Books!

September 09, 2007