Thursday, June 02, 2005


I'm actually just posting this so I can print it out at school tomorrow. But, hey, read about this stuff, it's awesome.

Dear Friends,

Here is the latest news from 826NYC.

-Upcoming Events
-Upcoming Workshops
-Summer Programs
-Wish List


Seminars: Writing and Publishing the Short Story

Tuesday, June 7
826NYC (372 Fifth Avenue)
Moderated by Charles McGrath, recent editor of The New York Times Book Review
Panelists include:

-Tom Perrotta, author of Election and Bad Haircut
-Shalom Auslander, author of Beware of God
-Adam Haslett, author of You Are not a Stranger Here
-Jennifer Carlson, agent with the Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency
-Daniel Menaker, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Random House

Reservations may be made by calling 718.499.9884

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules, a reading hosted by David Sedaris

Tuesday, July 5
The Great Hall at Cooper Union (East 7th St. and 3rd Avenue)
Tickets may be ordered at
or by calling Ticket Central at 212.279.4200

David Sedaris, along with Sarah Vowell, hosts an evening to celebrate the release of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules, the book he edited this year of his favorite short stories. There will be readings by several of the book’s contributors, including Lorrie Moore, Charles Baxter, Akhil Sharma, Joyce Carol Oates and maybe even a few surprise special guests.


Everyone's a Comedian: Write Your Own Jokes and Riddles
Taught by Marcy Zipke
Limited to 10 students, ages 8-11
1 Sunday session: June 12
For students who want to be the funniest kid on the block: This workshop will teach you how to create your own zany riddles. We will learn to manipulate language to make up original jokes and riddles based on whatever subject matter you choose.
By the end of this workshop, each student will create a personalized and illustrated riddle book to take home.

Skate and Create: How to Totally Create Your Own Skateboard Zine
Taught by Justin Hocking
Limited to 8 students, ages 11-16
3 Saturday sessions: June 11, 18, 25
In this workshop, we’ll actually go skateboarding in Manhattan’s Riverside Skatepark, where we’ll take some photos of ourselves dorking around. While we’re at it, we may also take artsy pictures of squirrels, birds, trees and airplanes. After we get rad, we’ll pool our various artistic contributions and create our very own skate zine. Skateboarders of all levels are welcome.
You’ll need to provide your own skateboard, as well as protective knee and elbow pads and a helmet.

From Start to Finish: A Poetry Workshop
Taught by Aimee Kelley
Limited to 10 students, ages 12-16
2 Monday sessions: June 20 & 27
In this class we will work on creating, revising, and presenting our own poems. We will look at poems by other poets, and try our hand at forms and exercises to get our pens flowing. After creating and honing our poems, we will present them to the class in a reading. Bring your favorite poem if you have one, and your imagination!


Story Hour
Elementary school students (and their parents)
Sundays, 1-2pm (July 10-August 28)
Each week will follow a similar format: We'll read a book aloud, talk about the story, and then an activity will take place. For example, one week may involve reading Green Eggs and Ham, talking about gross food, then challenging each student to devise a recipe to make [insert gross thing here] appealing (like Iron Chef, but with slug juice). Certain weeks we may have surprise guests (authors/artists) drop by and help read or answer questions.

Story Writing
All students
Sundays & Tuesdays, 2:30-5:30pm (starting mid-July)
In lieu of drop-in, we'll hold story writing sessions twice a week. Tutors will be available to help students working on independent writing projects. Other students will be given a weekly theme (monkeys, how-to guides, the color green, etc.) and challenged to write stories, which we'll put into a Gigantor Book publication. The last hour we'll devote to printing, binding, and decorating the booklets.

Summer Playwrights
Middle school students
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00-5:00pm (July 5-21)
*Performance on Friday, July 22nd*
Over the course of three weeks 15 middle school students will write, direct, and produce an original play. At the end of the course, the play will be performed in the round (on our new deck!) in the backyard. This program's teachers include volunteer playwrights, actors, directors, choreographers, and designers.

Young Adult Writer’s Colony
High school students
Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00pm (July 6-August 31)
This summer, 15 high school students will complete their first novels. They will meet twice weekly in groups of five to workshop their writing; each group will have plenty of opportunities to speak with guest authors, editors, and agents. In addition, students will have access to our writing center during quieter hours, when they might add to and perfect their manuscripts. And when the summer’s over and each student's manuscript is the best it can possibly be, we will devote our time and energies to putting each novel in print.


-MLA Handbooks
-Chicago Manual of Style
-Flash Drive, 513MB
-Digital Camera
-DV Video Camera
-Office Chairs
-Picnic Table & Chairs (for our new deck!)
-Patio Umbrella (also for the deck)
-G4s & G5s
-G3 Memory (for iMacs & Power MacG3s.)
-Internal IDE Drives
-Standard Single Button Apple Mice
-Flat Screen Monitors (Mac compatible)

For more information about making a donation, please email All in-kind donations are tax-deductible.


372 Fifth Avenue (between 5th and 6th streets in Park Slope)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

826NYC is a nonprofit writing center dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this in mind we provide drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student's power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.


At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Morts said...

That should be a 512 MB flash drive. No such thing as one with 513 MB.

Geek, I know.


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