Archives for December 2012

Before Your Time

Yesterday morning, which was Christmas morning, I came across a short story by the Brooklyn-born poet and writer Delmore Schwartz called “In Dreams Begin Responsibility.” The story is collected in a volume of great American short stories called You’ve Got to Read This (a book I’ve had on loan from a friend for some time and […]

XOXO, Foucault: Gossip Girl and the Digital Panopticon

The final episode of the CW’s “Gossip Girl”  aired on Monday and pulled no punches with its twists and surprises. The writers did what they could to end the series (in a short ten episodes) and tie up loose ends by finishing its current storylines to a satisfactory, albeit semi-predictable conclusion. Their character’s trials and […]

Write for The Narrator!

Did one of The Narrator’s Monday writing prompts spark something special in you during NaNoWriMo? Maybe you’ve developed a newfound appreciation for the grandmother in your life – all because The Narrator told you about an awesome group of grannies in Africa. Perhaps you just want a low-pressure dip into blogging. Whatever your reason, come write with us! The Narrator, is looking for […]

New Journal on Writing From Queens

Queens was alive in Astoria on Friday night for the launch party of Queens-based first literary journal, Newton Literary. Newton Literary journal features poems, shorts, essays, and reviews from emerging and upcoming writers from Queens, New York. Did you know that when Queens was first created as one of 12 counties of New York State […]

See, Don’t Think

Last week, on The New York Times website, I came across a beautiful and heartbreaking five-minute documentary called “Solo, Piano – N.Y.C.” The film, which I can’t recommend strongly enough, follows “a lone piano standing curbside in New York City” and “chronicles the interactions of passers-by as the piano awaits its fate.” The film was […]

Remembering Doris Shores

Long-time member of NYWC’s workshop at the 14th Street Y Doris Shores passed away recently.  We were lucky to write with her and get to read her work.  Doris read in our Write Makes Might reading and her work was published in the book 14th Street Gold: Seasoned Thoughts and in Dig Deep, NYWC’s online magazine. […]

Greenlight Bookstore and Oprah Agree: Ayana Mathis’s Debut Novel is a Hit

Our Fort Greene neighbor, the Greenlight Bookstore just received the ultimate pop-culture literary validation: their recent ‘First Editions Club’ pick, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by first time novelist Ayana Mathis was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. The fact that the scion of daytime TV, who’s book club has both made and broken writers (remember […]

Spend the Holidays Mano a Mano at Posadas y Pastorelas!

¡Comparte el espíritu de las fiestas decembrinas a la mexicana! Get into the holiday spirit a la mexicana! Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders is a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating Mexican culture and promoting the understanding of Mexican traditions through festivals, concerts, Mexicanidad, an arts, culture and humanities program, and annual celebrations of […]

The Write Stuff Wrap-Up!

The Brooklyn Public Library Central branch played host to NYWC’s fourth annual Write Stuff youth reading this past Saturday to a wonderful turnout. The readers, whose ages ranged from six to sixteen, came from a variety of different workshops throughout the city as well as our Fort Greene Summer Literary Festival. This year, the Write […]

The Shift in Funding on Some College Majors: the Battle Between Liberal Arts and Technology

Remember the days when you were a child and your mom or dad use to say that you could be anything that you wanted to be when you grew up. Well, those days might be over. Now the saying will be: you can be whatever you want to be when you grow up, but stick […]