What They're Saying

"I came to Writopia without ever having been in a writing class outside of my school. I was scared that I would not be as good as the other members, but as soon as I stepped in I felt right at home. For the first time I was excited and passionate about my writing. Every week I was eager to learn from my friends and writing instructor how to improve my work. In the end I felt that it all paid off. Writopia gave me a chance to think about hard and personal subjects in a different way, and also gave me the chance to express myself in a free manner."

--Gabe Fisher, 8th Grade
Scholastic Regional Gold Key Winner, Memoir, 2008

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Writopia Brooklyn
Writopia Brooklyn, Quick Facts

 

Workshops are held at Freebird Bookstore and Goods, located at 123 Columbia Street.

Please call Abby at 212-222-4088 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or to register.

Workshops are divided into small, age-based groups.

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Workshops


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Brooklyn After School Workshops

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Also see Summer Workshops in Brooklyn.

 

Monday

Fall Trimester: September 8th-November 24th

(Which weeks do we meet?)

  • 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Ages: 8-12
  • 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Ages: Teens

 

Tuesday

Fall Trimester: September 9th-November 18th

(Which weeks do we meet?)

  • 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Ages: 8-12
  • 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Ages: Teens

 

Wednesday

Fall Trimester: September 10th-November 19th

(Which weeks do we meet?)

  • 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Ages: 8-12
  • 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Ages: Teens

 

Thursday

Fall Trimester: September 11th-December 4th

(Which weeks do we meet?)

  • 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Ages: 8-12
  • 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Ages: Teens

 


Who We Are


 

Branch Manager/Instructor
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abbyAvecMeowAbby Coleman joined Writopia Lab in September 2012. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at The New School where she is a poetry editor for LIT magazine. She completed her BA in English/Creative Writing from Hendrix College in Arkansas. Her poetry and artwork have appeared in The Providence Journal, The Aonian, The New School Collaborative (for which she also created the cover design), and most recently in great weather for MEDIA, and Eleven Eleven. She has created two chapbooks, The Heart Machine and Involuntary Rabbits. Abby is thrilled to serve as the Brooklyn branch manager and instructor for Writopia Lab.


 

Cathleen Bell

Instructor
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mini-cathlennCathleen is the author of two novels for young adults, Slipping (Bloomsbury 2008) and Little Blog on the Prairie (Bloomsbury 2010). She holds a BA in American Studies from Barnard College and an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. Aside from teaching writing to kids, she’s worked as a reporter, a salesperson, a market researcher, a copywriter, a birthday party entertainer, a personal shopper and a research assistant. Visit her online at CathleenDavittBell.com. She is thrilled to join the Writopia community. She has two dogs named Oscar and Oprah. Her favorite food is pizza and, strangely, in her thirties, she's developed a great love for playing catch.


 

Cory Tamler

Instructor
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Cory Tamler is a playwright and recent transplant to New York after living in Chicago and Berlin (where she was a 2010/2011 Fulbright Scholar). She focuses on community-based work, international collaboration, and the intersection between science and art; her plays have been produced in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Germany, and elsewhere. Most recently, Cory worked with Open Waters Theatre Arts in Maine and three small family-owned farms as the playwright for Farms & Fables, a multi-year project culminating in October 2011 with a play that put farmers onstage alongside professional actors in a story about the future of agriculture. Cory has designed/taught a playwriting workshop for teens at The Telling Room in Portland, ME, and co-designed/co-taught theater classes for students of all ages in Pittsburgh, PA and in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She is originally from Pittsburgh, where she studied physics and fiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh. As a homeschooled kid, she took a lot of writing and theater classes and wouldn't be who she is today without them. She is thrilled to be able to step back into that enviornment as an instructor at Writopia.


 

Danielle Sheeler

Program Developer/Instructor

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Danielle_4bDanielle is honored to work as an instructor and program developer at Writopia. Danielle studied writing at Stanford University and New York University, and graduated from the Draper Program at NYU in January 2010. Her latest one-act play, Under Somebody's Nose, was produced at Roy Arias theater in November of 2012. She produced and performed the one-acts Graduands to Graduates; The Megalomaniac and Valedictorian Commence and Scene From a Dartboard at the Manhattan Repertory theatre in March through June 2010, and the one-act Look at Me When I Am Talking to You at the Wings Theatre in New York in May 2008. Her short story “Before Noon” was published in the Intersections Issue of the NYU journal, Anamesa.  She has had the opportunity to teach English and creative writing in a classroom setting to children in Ghana, Africa, Chinatown, New York, East Palo Alto, California, and New Orleans, Louisiana.