Our Programs

 

CREATIVE WRITING

Fiction, Memoir, Plays, Poetry, & Musical Theatre

Creative Writing Workshops: small, student-centered, author-led workshops.
Private Sessions: Students work one-on-one with published authors or poets, or produced playwrights.

ESSAY WRITING

Writing for Admitttance (middle, high school, and college), and Expository, Analytical, & Persuasive Essays

Essay Writing Workshops: small, student-centered workshops led by a Writopia instructor.
Private Sessions: Students work one-on-one with an accomplished, sensitive instructor who is trained in our method.

WORLDWIDE PLAYS FESTIVAL

Playwriting (and sometimes performance)
Creative Writing Workshops: small, student-centered, playwright-led workshops.
Private Sessions: Students work one-on-one with produced playwrights.

 

SUMMER 2014 SLEEPAWAY CAMP

Learn more about Sleepaway Camp at Indian Head.

 

SUMMER FULL-DAY CAMPS & HALF-DAY WORKSHOPS

Writopia runs camps and workshops from early June to the end of August in all of our locations. Program descriptions and schedules will be posted shortly. Please call our main office in New York for more information about workshops or camps in your area.

 

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Learn More about our Outreach Programs.


If you would like Writopia to come to your city or town, email or call Rebecca at (212) 222-4088. To sign up for a workshop, fill out our online registration form!

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The Highlights


Every few months, workshop participants are invited to read their finished pieces at bookstores such as Barnes & Noble and public libraries. During these exciting events, Writopia Lab's writers share their work with friends, relatives, and with others who come in response to listings in various media.





The Workshops
Workshops have a maximum of six participants. Sessions are peppered with original and fun writing exercises, but focus primarily on writing--and completing--stories. Each time we meet, students bring copies of the newest drafts of their work to share with the group. They quietly review each other's work--marking the parts or lines they enjoy most along with the sections that they think can be improved--and then share these ideas with the group. Within a few sessions, students comfortably and easily provide insightful feedback to their peers.

All workshop leaders are published writers who are experts in helping young writers understand and implement elements of plot and key literary tools.

 

 


IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
"The workshop was amazing! I learned so much about writing short stories, articles and poetry in just two weeks. It was wonderful having this experience and a great time all at once. I'd do it again for sure!"
—Rebecca, 14, A.J. Heschel Middle School, Scholastic Silver Keys Winner in Poetry and Short Story, 2007

"The workshop was an amazing experience! While expressing your creativity and building your skills, you were chilling and laughing the whole time! I am so glad I was a part of it... My work began to transform to art."
—Milana, 14, A.J. Heschel School, Scholastic Regional Gold Keys Winner for two memoirs, 2007

"Rebecca has amazing lingual intuition – she knows how words feel and sound, and this enables her to work with all kinds of writing, from short stories to poems to essays... When she makes a suggestion, she is not offended if you don’t agree. She listens and considers your perspective as the writer. She can give general ideas and overall feedback as well as specific analysis, so that the writer is free to use her ideas but interpret them and write them their own way... Rebecca is an awesome (for lack of a more specific word of praise) editor and writer, and an equally amazing person. The gift of working with her is a double bonus – her amazing skill as a writer and editor, and her warm, smiling, funny, happy, wonderful personality."
—Noa Bendit-Shtull, 15, Bard College High School, Scholastic National Gold Key Winner, 2006. Check out Noa's story on the Scholastic site.