Meet our new workshop leaders!

NYWC is known for our incredibly diverse and talented volunteer workshop leaders.  In Fall 2012, we welcomed a new set of writers ready to give back to the city. Some of you may have met them at a free workshop, but if you haven’t, let me introduce you to them!  (Actually, they are introducing themselves, by way of their bios below).   I am proud to be associated with them! Impressive bunch huh?

If you’d like to become one of the more than 100 people who have become NYWC volunteer workshop leaders, visit our volunteer opportunities page and fill out an application!  And check out the bios of all our current and recent volunteer leaders. 


Colleen Breslin


Colleen Breslin joined NYWC in November 2012 as a workshop leader. Having no concrete ideas about what community of writers will best suit her, she looks forward to what will open up and to joining the Coalition’s movement to create space for new voices and new perspectives. When she is not acting like a lawyer in her gig with the National Labor Relations Board, Colleen is thinking about democracy in the workplace and watching the kids on her Clinton Hill block play sidewalk soccer. She hopes the ideas that come to her will find themselves in full written form on of these days.


Susan Fedynak


Susan Fedynak is a native New Yorker excited to join NYWC in bringing free writing workshops to her hometown. She received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she was an Honors Trustee Scholar. She is a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts merit award recipient. She is also the recipient of a World Learning scholarship, which sent her to South Africa to study arts and culture. Her work has appeared in Stork, Blood, and Thunder, and the speculative fiction anthology A Field Guide to Surreal Botany, published by Two Cranes Press. She lives in Queens with her music producer husband and their imaginary puppy named Tofu.


Tim Fredrick


Tim Fredrick is a fiction writer and writing teacher to students from Kindergarten to graduate school. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri, a Masters in English Education and a Ph.D. in English Education/ Applied Linguistics from New York University. His work has been published in Circa, Burning Wood, Teachers College Record and Changing English. He’s the founding editor of Newtown Literary, a semiannual literary journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the work of writers and poets living in Queens, NY. More information about Tim can be found at


Racquel Goodison


Racquel Goodison was born and grew up in Jamaica. She earned a doctorate in English at Binghamton University and is currently an assistant professor at the City University of New York. She has been a resident at Yaddo and a recipient of a scholarship to the Fine Arts Works Center as well as the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writer’s Grant. Her stories can be found in such literary journals as the Black Arts Quarterly, Proud Flesh Journal, Kweli Journal and Drunken Boat.


Melissa Petro


Melissa Petro is a freelance writer and instructor for Gotham Writers Workshop and Red Umbrella Project, a nonprofit organization that amplifies the voices of individuals with experience in the sex trades, and is the editor of PROS(E), a literary journal for current, former and transitioning sex workers. She has written for Salon, Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Jezebel, xoJane, Rumpus, Penthouse, Poets and Writers and elsewhere.



Danielle Smith


Danielle Smith is a recent graduate of Queens College where she majored in English and Journalism. With a fondness for fiction and nonfiction writing she has decided to fulfill her Masters in creative writing, fiction. As she awaits her letters from her preferred universities she lends her time to leading workshops with the New York Writers Coalition, writing short stories and submitting her work to various writing mediums. This Queens native has recently relocated to the Hudson Valley where she lives, writes, and blogs about the transition from a lifetime of borough dwelling to inhabiting the bottom of a mountain.