Writopia Brooklyn, Quick Facts
Workshops are held at Freebird Bookstore and Goods, located at 123 Columbia Street.
Workshops are divided into small, age-based groups.
Click here to learn more about Summer program in Brooklyn.
Who We Are
Abby 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. She has created two chapbooks, The Heart Machine and Involuntary Rabbits. Her poetry and artwork have appeared in The Providence Journal, The Aonian, and The New School Collaborative. She is thrilled to serve as an administrator and assistant instructor for Writopia.
Daniel McCoy joined Writopia in January, 2013. He is a playwright, performer, and member of the award-winning New York Neo-Futurists, an experimental theater ensemble whose ongoing late-night show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) is now entering its 9th year in NYC. In addition to TMLMTBGB, his work with the Neos includes writing/performing in main stage shows (un)afraid, On the Future, and the forthcoming Soft Hydraulics: New Futurist Puppetry and Mute. Daniel's plays Group and Eli and Cheryl Jump have been produced as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Other plays have been produced and workshopped in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and elsewhere. B.A. in English from CUNY Brooklyn..
Cathleen 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.
Rachel Ephraim teaches fiction and memoir at Writopia Lab year-round in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Westchester and spearheaded the establishment of Writopia Brooklyn. Rachel's fiction, "Please Send a Published Copy to 101 Harris Road," was published in the Fall 2008 edition of the Apple Valley Review and is currently being taught by Professor Harry Youtt in UCLA’s undergraduate writing program. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in The Barcelona Review, Word Riot, Listen Party, The New York Spirit, and the Park Slope Reader. In 2009 and 2010, Rachel's students were honored at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards with both regional and national awards. Through Writopia, Rachel has led workshops at MS 51, PS 58, Friend's Seminary, and Bryant Park. She also runs a monthly reading series at FreeBird Books and Goods in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. In 2010 Rachel was accepted as a resident to La Muse Inn, an artists’ residency in the south of France. In 2011, she will attend Vermont Studio Center on a Writer’s Grant. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Columbia University and working in the editorial department of The New Yorker.
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 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.