Dangling Conversations

In 2011, phones vibrated or dinged with over 8 trillion text messages.  Most of those texts were from teens.  According to a study by Pew, teens send an average of 3,200 texts per month – which is double the number of text messages exchanged by people old enough to rent a car and, not surprisingly, […]

Youth writers keep it cool in Fort Greene Park

Last Saturday, on July 7th, over 40 youth writers braved the heat wave and showed up to kick off the Fort Greene Park Summer Workshops.  This marks the first year we’re also offering a separate creative writing workshop for parents of the youth writers.  Nearly a dozen parents participated in the inaugural workshops and we […]

Why We Don’t Write & the Cure: Community

On June 11, 2012 people of the Twitterverse joined us in sharing their reasons for what we declared as National Why I Don’t Write Day.  Aaron Zimmerman kicked off the conversation by blogging about his own struggles with writing his second novel.  Zimmerman, the founder and Executive Director of NY Writers Coalition, wrote honestly about […]

Nation’s English teachers trick Americans into getting meta

Last year the nation’s English teachers staged a conspiracy to get people everywhere to write about writing.  As part of the annual National Day on Writing on October 20th, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), asked folks to answer, “Why I Write” by blogging and tweeting their responses.  Sneaky! Kids, blogging about “why […]

Need some creative juice? Come to our Pint & Prompt Happy Hour

“I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy,” so said Dorothy Parker or maybe Tom Waits.  This spoonerism, or the switcheroo of sounds, might hold some wisdom for writers.  A recent study examining the connection between alcohol and creativity showed a 30% increase in creative problem solving after 40 young […]

NYWC Day connects writing communities across New York

On Friday, May 18, 2012, people gathered from all five boroughs to celebrate NY Writers Coalition Day with writing workshops in iconic spots throughout New York.  Executive Director Aaron Zimmerman and several members of the NY Writers Coalition converged at Times Square, where they staged a guerilla-style takeover of the No. 7 train to host a […]