The Queens Writes! Weekend will be a weekend-long event held at various locations around the borough where participants come to write for a few hours. That’s it! We want Queens to write! Our goal is to have sites all over the borough at all times during the weekend.
You don’t have to be a professional writer—you can be a hobbyist or complete newcomer to writing. You don’t need fancy equipment (although, feel free to bring a tablet or laptop)—you just need a pen and paper.
Each site will be structured slightly differently, but prompts for writing will be made available for those that want them. You will not be forced to share your writing, if you do not want to. Any feedback given to writing will be positive comments only.
This event is a fundraising event (the $5 suggested donation goes to printing costs for Issue #2 of the journal, as well as our programs such as low-cost workshops starting this summer and a kid’s writing contest beginning in September), but we also want this to be another way for the literary community in Queens to connect with one another. We would love for writing groups and book groups to spring out of this event!
We will also have a typewriter traveling the borough where passersby can contribute a line of poetry for $1. It’s the Queens Traveling Typewriter!
You can donate online: https://www.wepay.com/donations/queens-writes-weekend-2013
We are still looking for Site Captains to help us organize the events. More information here.
Please check back regularly for updated listings.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Queens Traveling Typewriter starts its journey at Queens College and LaGuardia Community College. For more info, here.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
26-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria
Take the N/Q to Ditmars
Host: Margarita S.
Special Offer: 15% discount off purchases for QWW participants!
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Queens Traveling Typewriter
Write a line of poetry for $1 and the collaborative poem will be published in the Fall/Winter issue of Newtown Literary.
For more info and schedule/locations, here.
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
If the weather is nice, we will write outside. If not, we will visit the Queens Museum of Art and let the visual arts inspire us.
Meet at the west side of the Unisphere.
Take the 7 train to 111th Street
Host: Newtown Literary editor Tim Fredrick
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Sunday, April 14, 2013
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ride/Write the 7 Train with Newtown Literary editor Tim Fredrick
We start at Mets CitiField and end in Long Island City! Meet at the apple in front of CitiField.
We’ll ride/write the 7 train to Queensboro Plaza.
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2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
45-02 11th Street, Rear Building (Entrance on 45th Avenue), Long Island City
Take the 7/E to Court Square/23rd Street
Host: Anna Voisard
Treats and beverages will be provided in an artistic space
*Please note that venues which are restaurants or cafes do ask that you purchase a food/drink item. Support the local business that are supporting local writers. Without many of them, this event would not be possible.