Archives for October 2012

Storm Stories

Last night, while Hurricane Sandy* ripped through the East Coast, causing massive flooding and blackouts (but luckily didn’t do much in my neighborhood–Fort Greene, Brooklyn–other than cause an Internet outage and the lights to flicker on and off a few times) I pulled out Ron Hansen’s excellent story collection Nebraska and began to read, for […]

NYWC Ten Under 10: “Candy Colors” by Jahnia T. Mark, Age 7

Welcome to NYWC’s Ten Under 10 Writing Series, featuring the poetry of members of our youth writing workshops under the age of 10. Candy Colors By Jahnia T. Mark, Age 7 Everybody in my family is a different color. I am a light coffee brown. My mother is a light brown like me. My father is a […]

NYWC Ten Under 10: “The Boss: A Play” by Mariah Pringle, Age 9

Welcome to NYWC’s Ten Under 10 Writing Series, featuring the poetry of members of our youth writing workshops under the age of 10. Today’s selection reminds us of the beauty of weekends — and escaping your boss. The Boss: A Play By Mariah Pringle, Age 9 BOSS: I am the boss, so listen up! Work is not […]

Friday 5: Best TV Game Show Moments for 10 Days of NYWC Trivia Night

Happy Birthday, Pat Sajak! On October 26, 1946, Patrick Leonard Sajak was born in Chicago, Illinois. Before, becoming a pop culture icon, he wore different hats. He was an English-language announcer for a Spanish-language radio station in Chicago, a DJ for Armed Forces Radio in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, a DJ in Kentucky, and […]

NYWC Ten Under 10: “Feelings” by Lucia Snajdr, Age 5

Welcome to NYWC’s Ten Under 10 Writing Series, featuring the poetry of members of our youth writing workshops under the age of 10. Feelings By Lucia Snajdr, Age 5 A dull night is bad. It is bad because you have toys and you pretend to be bored. An exciting night is having a party for dinner.

presidential debates

The debates were a public source of commentary and gathering. Many places around the neighborhoods of New York broadcast them live. There was a hush over the crowds as candidates debated fine points of very similar policies. Those looking for more opinions watched the “other” debates which covered broader issues and showed more diversity in […]

NYWC Ten Under 10: “Pretty” by Cindy Lei, Age 7

Welcome to NYWC’s Ten Under 10 Writing Series, featuring the poetry of members of our youth writing workshops under the age of 10.  Pretty By Cindy Lei, Age 7 I am from New York City I am from brushes with daisies I am from big white dumplings with things inside I am from long pink dresses that […]

New BPL Workshop Just in Time for NaNoWriMo

Exciting news for writers and budding novelists! NYWC is beginning a new, free, open genre writing workshop on October 29th. The workshop comes just in time for the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and will continue until the end of November on the 27th. So, if you’re working on a screenplay, a new […]

NYWC Ten Under 10: On coconuts and dead rat hamburgers

Welcome to NYWC’s Ten Under 10 Writing Series, featuring the poetry of members of our youth writing workshops under the age of 10. Today food is on the brain — particularly hairy food. A Stringy Coconut by Maya Kushnick, Age 7 This coconut looks like a hairball from a cat.  (Even though I never saw one before.) It […]

In the Dark

Sometime in 1982 I was sitting in the dark in a movie theater in Pontiac, Michigan, watching a movie called “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” I remember enjoying the movie quite a bit, especially the parts involving levitating bicycles. But what I recall most about the movie occurred around the 100-minute mark when (warning: spoiler alert for […]