Writopia Long Island

Writopia Long Island Workshops

Our teens win more Scholastic Writing Awards each year than any other group of teens in the country.

girls signing book case imageWritopia Lab is a non-profit organization that runs year-round writing workshops for highly engaged kids and teens (ages 8-18). Workshops have a maximum of seven students, and are all led by a published author or a produced playwright. Writers who participate in our workshops read their original writing at local bookstores, see their stories published in our online literary magazines The PARENTHETICAL and the Ellipsis, and are eligible to have their work produced in Writopia’s annual Worldwide Plays Festival in New York City, sponsored by David Letterman’s production company Worldwide Pants.


2015-2016 School-Year Workshops

Workshops will be held at Portledge School
355 Duck Pond Road in Locust Valley. (See map.)


Thursday (Starting Oct. 8th, 2015)

(Which Weeks Do We Meet?)
  • 5:15 PM to 6:45 PM Ages: Teens


2016 Summer Workshops

Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 1 PM

  • June 27-July 1 Fiction and Fun (kids, tweens, and teens)
  • July 18-22 Playwriting and Performance (kids, tweens, and teens)
  • August 1-5 Fiction and Fun (kids, tweens, and teens)
  • August 8-12 College Essay Writing (11th and 12th graders)

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We can add workshops by request. If you do not see the dates and ages that meet your needs, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (516) 669-2924 to discuss the possibility of setting up a workshop that fits your schedule. If you live too far from our lab to attend regularly, click here to learn more about parent-coordinated workshops!



Associate Director of Camps and Curriculum

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Danielle_4Danielle 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. In 2014, she was recognized by the Scholastic Awards "as an outstanding educator whose dedication, commitment, and guidance are represented by student work selected for national honors."


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AllisonLiebmanBioPicAllison is thrilled to join Writopia Lab as the Long Island Workshop Coordinator and instructor. As a certified English teacher, she has been sharing her own passion for writing with her students for nearly two decades. At Plainview Old Bethpage JFK High School, her classroom was a venue for frequent writer celebrations; each class was given the opportunity to publish its own anthology of short stories, and her students were regular contributors to publications such as Merlyn’s Pen and Stone Soup. She was the adviser of the literary magazine Images, which was presented at the Columbia Writer’s Conference for several years. Many of her students also received recognition from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Since 2003, Allison has had the opportunity to teach writing in schools across Long Island, including Solomon Schechter and the Eton Academy in Plainview. She has remained involved with the NY City Writing Project and Long Island Language Arts Council. Allison studied English Literature at the University of North London, and at SUNY Stony Brook, where she received her B.A. in English and M.A. in Teaching English. She is excited to have the opportunity to bring Writopia to Long Island, as she continues to inspire creativity in kids and teens.