Archives for December 2012

A Drastic Break

Have you ever wondered what would happen if, instead of getting off at your designated subway stop in the morning, the subway stop you’ve been getting off at each morning for the past seventeen years on your way to work at job you’ve been working at for the past seventeen years, you kept riding the […]

Friday 5: Would the Real Song Please Stand Up? – Sampled Songs turned into New Records

Willie Mae Thorton, also known as Big Mama Thorton, recorded “Hound Dog” in August 1953 under the production of Johnny Otis with the Otis band. The song held the top spot on the Billboard’s R&B charts for seven weeks selling over half a million copies. It was Thorton’s signature growl over the blues and soulful […]

The Responsibility of ‘Girls’

Season two of the HBO series Girls is set to air January 13th but its trailer has already been released on Youtube. The popular series is based on the trials and tribulations of millennial Brooklynites, profiling the many Brooklyn tropes one can expect to find throughout the borough. The Lena Dunham/Judd Apatow creation will no […]

NYWC Has the Write Stuff

This Saturday NYWC will host “The Write Stuff”, our  fourth annual youth marathon reading event. Writers from our youth workshops throughout the city will come to the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch to read their work with their peers. Many of our young readers have participated in other reading events (like NYWC’s Fort Greene Park […]

Lives of Streets

A few months ago I posted a prompt inviting writers to write from the point of view of a plant, tree, flower, or bush. Today’s prompt is somewhat similar, but instead of plant life, the focus is on street life. That is, I invite you to begin to write a piece of prose or poetry […]

Learn Publishing’s Trade Secrets from Industry Professionals at AAWW

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) is hosting its first publishing conference next Saturday, December 8. This is an opportunity for writers of all backgrounds, genres, and ages to learn from publishing insiders on industry basics like getting an agent or pitching your manuscript. Participants will hear from editors and publishers from Farrar Straus Giroux, […]