Upcoming New York Writers Workshop Fiction Classes

Time to start writing again! Here are three fiction workshops to consider that all begin soon!

How to Write A Crime Novel (or Short Story) with Charles Salzberg at NYPL


How to Write A Crime Novel (or Short Story) with Charles Salzberg

Monday, April 20, 2015, 7 p.m.

How to register: Online - Limited Space. Registration required.
Registration opens Monday, April 13, 2015 - 6:00pm

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10016
(212) 340-0863

In this class we'll learn the elements necessary to make a good crime novel or short story. How to create mystery and suspense and conflict. How to choose the right protagonist, the right antagonist, atmosphere, and voice. We'll use samples of crime writing both from other writers as well as the instructor. There will be a short writing assignment for the class.

Charles Salzberg has written four crime novels and is finishing his fifth. His first, Swann's Lake of Despair, was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best First PI novel.  He's written two others in the series, Swann Dives In and Swann's Lake of Despair. His novel, Devil in the Hole was named one of the Best Crime Novels of the Year by Suspense magazine. He teaches writing at the New York Writers Workshop where he is one of the Founding Members.

New York Writers Workshop is an alliance of experienced, professional writers of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays and screenplays who live and teach in New York City. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve a growing community of aspiring writers with workshops that teach craft, foster creativity, and enable writers, no matter their background or experience, to achieve their full writing potential. More

Starting Your First Novel with Sally Koslow at the JCC Manhattan


Starting Your First Novel

Sally Koslow for New York Writers Workshop

at the JCC Manhattan

8 Mondays (except May 25)

  • Mon, Apr 20 - Mon, Jun 15
  • 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  • $320 members / $368 non-members

Don't be intimidated about writing a novel. Join other aspiring authors in a workshop focusing on plot, character development, dialogue, and sentence structure. Enjoy a lively discussion about the art of storytelling.

Sally Koslow is the author of four novels from top publishers, The Widow Waltz; With Friends Like These; The Late Lamented Molly Marx and Little Pink Slips, and a widely published journalist/essayist. A former editor-in-chief of McCall's she belongs to New York Writers Workshop. www.sallykoslow.com More

Fiction Workshop with Rachel Sherman


SPRING Fiction Writing Workshop
in Brooklyn
Taught by author Rachel Sherman

Beginning Tuesday, April 28th, 7:30-9:30pm
$450 for 10 weeks  ($425 for returning students)

Structured around in-class discussions of you work, we will focus on outline, structure, plot, narrative, dialogue, pacing and content. You will receive written critiques and edits from both me as well as your peers. This is an open class for both beginning writers as well as writers who currently have a novel or short story in progress. The class will culminate in an (optional) reading.

Email rachel@rachelsherman.net to sign up!

Rachel Sherman holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Open City, Conjunctions, and n+1, among other publications. Her first book, The First Hurt, was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library.  Her first novel, Living Room, was released in 2009. She teaches writing at Rutgers and Columbia Universities, and blogs for the Parenting Section of The Huffington Post. Rachel is a member of the New York Writers Workshop. More