What? Free Writing Workshops in NYC?

Yes!  Teachers & Writers is pleased to offer FREE poetry workshops for children and teens this summer!

With generous support from The Lily Auchincloss Foundation and The Lotos Club Foundation, T&W is partnering with the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Public Library, and the Queens Library to offer poetry workshops based on our 2008 A Poem as Big as New York City project. Bring kids of all ages to pay poetic tribute to New York.

These FREE one-hour poetry workshops will be held in select library branches on the following dates and times.

 More free workshops will be offered in the fall.

Kew Gardens Hills – July 2, 4:30-5:30 (Queens)

Mott Haven – July 10, 3:00-4:00 (Bronx)
Dyker – July 10, 4:00-5:00 (Brooklyn)
McKinley Park – July 11, 2:00-3:00 (Brooklyn)
Rugby – July 12, 2:30-3:30 (Brooklyn)
Paerdegat – July 13, 2:00-3:00 (Brooklyn)
Clason’s Point – July 16, 2:30-3:30 (Bronx)
Dyker– July 17, 4:00-5:00 (Brooklyn)
Flatlands – July 18, 2:30-3:30 (Brooklyn)
McKinley Park – July 18, 2:00-3:00 (Brooklyn)
Roosevelt Island – July 18, 4:00-5:00 (Manhattan)
Bellerose – July 18, 2:30-3:30 (Queens)
Inwood – July 19, 3:00-4:00 (Manhattan)
Coney Island – July 20, 4:00-5:00 (Brooklyn)
Paerdegat – July 20, 2:00-3:00 (Brooklyn)
Lefrak City – July 20, 2:30-3:30 (Queens)
Dyker – July 24, 4:00-5:00 (Brooklyn)
McKinley Park – July 25, 2:00-3:00 (Brooklyn)
Coney Island – July 27, 4:00-5:00 (Brooklyn)
Paerdegat – July 27, 2:00-3:00 (Brooklyn)
Melrose – July 31, 2:00-3:00 (Bronx)
City Island – August 6, 2:00-3:00 (Bronx)
Homecrest– August 7, 2:30-3:30 (Brooklyn)
Grand Concourse – August 8, 2:00-3:00 (Bronx)
Tottenville – August 9, 3:00-4:00 (Staten Island)
Children’s Center @ 42nd Street – August 11, 3:00-4:00 (Manhattan)
Broadway – August 14, 3:30-4:30 (Queens)
Castle Hill – August 14, 11:00-12:00 (Bronx)
Francis Martin – August 15, 3:00-4:00 (Bronx)
Soundview – August 20, 3:30-4:30 (Bronx)
Coney Island – August 24, 4:00-5:00 (Brooklyn)
The poems created in the project were adapted into a single narrative by T&W writer Melanie Maria Goodreaux, A Poem as Big as New York City, which Universe Publishing (an imprint of Rizzoli) will publish as a hard-cover, illustrated children’s book in fall 2012. The book includes a foreword by T&W Board member, three-time National Book Award finalist, and newly appointed National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Walter Dean Myers. Masha D’yans will illustrate the book.

For Advanced Teaching Artists Only

Writers in the Schools Alliance member Community Word Project is offering a summer training opportunity for Teaching Artists with 2 or more years of experience. Here are some details about the program:

2012 Summer Institute for
Advanced Teaching Artists
July 20, 23 and 24, 2012

WHAT: A three-day, intensive workshop focusing on Innovation, Multi-disciplinary Arts Integration, Curriculum Development, Evaluation/Assessment, Critical Thinking Skills and Classroom Management.

WHERE: Community Resource Exchange
42 Broadway, Suite 2000, New York, NY 10004

WHEN: Friday, July 20; Monday, July 23; and Tuesday, July 24

WHO: Creative Writers, Visual and Multi-Media Artists, Musicians, Dancers and Theater Artists with 2+ years experience teaching their art form in a public school setting.

The Summer Institute’s training curriculum is based on Community Word Project’s creative process exploration methods, teaching practices and philosophy developed over 12 years in NYC public school system.

Participants gain hands-on experience through classroom exercises, discussions, role-playing and collaboration in these focus areas:

• Transforming your Creative Process into Innovative Teaching Methods
• Developing Critical Thinking Skills through Arts Exercises
• Collaborating with Teaching Artists of a Different Art Form
• Evaluating and Assessing Student Work
• Arts Integration
• Cultivating environments of Social Change within classrooms
• Co-teaching with Classroom Teachers
• Classroom Management Techniques

For further details, please visit the Community Word Project website or contact Program Director Khalil Murrell at TATIP@communitywordproject.org