kids-classes-logoNewtown Literary Alliance, Inc. is proud to announce that, in partnership with Queens Library and with the support of NYC Council Members Daniel Dromm and Elizabeth Crowley, we are bringing free creative writing classes for kids and teens to Queens Library branches in Jackson Heights and Ridgewood.

For information on our adult classes, visit here.

Schedule:

Transforming the Mundane into Magic:
Using Metaphor in Poetry and Prose
for teens, ages 13-17

January 21, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Queens Library at Ridgewood
20-12 Madison Street, (718) 821-4770

In this class, we will see that as writers, we can use details and metaphor to transform even the simplest of objects into wonderful images that thrill, inspire, or even disgust. We’ll read work from William Carlos Williams, Pablo Neruda, Sharon Olds, and Sueyeun Juliette Lee, among others. We’ll then take what we’ve learned and put it into practice with a variety of generative writing exercises in both poetry and prose.

jan-21-radison-headshotAbout the Instructor: Alex Radison is an MFA candidate in poetry at Queens College. His work has appeared in Newtown Literary, The Violet Hour, and at www.laborarts.org, where he won the “Making Work Visible” poetry prize.

 

 


Made to be Broken:
How to Break the Rules of Writing
for teens, ages 13-17

March 11, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Queens Library at Jackson Heights
35-51 81st Street, (718) 899-2500

Beethoven. Picasso. Frida Kahlo. Billie Holiday. Banksy. Great artists throughout history have bent or broken the rules of their craft. The same goes for writing. In this class, we will look at how writers play with grammar, structure, and form to create stories that hit hard and stand out. We will question the importance of knowing the rules before you can break them, and decide which rules to break in our own writing.

mar-11-hovengaheadshotAbout the Instructor: Bard Hovenga is a Queens high school English teacher with work published in Newtown Literary and featured in the No, YOU Tell It! nonfiction performance reading series.

 

 


Building Blocks:
World-Building Workshop
for kids, ages 8-12

March 25, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Queens Library at Jackson Heights
35-51 81st Street, (718) 899-2500

The worlds we live in and the ones we invent can help tell a variety of stories, so let’s dive into places that are as much a character in your work as the people. In this workshop, we’ll read sections from a range of genres in young people’s literature like The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste, Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and The Real Boy by Anne Ursu that take us around the world, out of this orbit, and in fantastical places. What are the rules of these spaces and how do characters navigate it? Through readings, exercises (both individual and in group), we’ll collaboratively build new lands and areas and build stories from there.

mar-25-baker_headshot_2014About the Instructor: Jennifer Baker is a writer, editor, workshop instructor, and podcaster. She’s the editor of the forthcoming short story collection Everyday People.


The Poetry that I Am:
Poetry Basics
for kids, ages 8-12

April 22, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Queens Library at Ridgewood
20-12 Madison Street, (718) 821-4770

Forget everything you think you know about poetry! Students will focus on simple observations of concrete objects in daily life as a means of metaphor and simile.  We will also let go of rhyme and encourage creativity with line break, imagery, repletion, and language. You will be free to express yourself through poetry without worrying if you are “doing it right.”

apr-22-valerie-g-keane-author-photoAbout the Instructor: Valerie G. Keane is the founder of Poetry & Coffee. Her work has been published in Newtown Literary, where she also currently serves on the editorial review board for poetry. She speaks at high schools about how to love poetry without an MFA.

 

 


Write the Change You Want to See in the World:
A Speculative Fiction Writing Class
for teens, ages 13-17

April 29, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Queens Library at Jackson Heights
35-51 81st Street, (718) 899-2500

Humankind faces daunting challenges as a society: unending racism and misogyny, a continued disregard for our environment, and a culture of fear and hate that would make Voldemort proud. But, through sharing our stories, we can create courage, love, hope, and healing.

In the aftermath of 2016, it has never been clearer that we need the voices of young writers to help shape the world. This workshop is for them to develop their voices to write “the change they want to see in the world.” Students will read selections of various young adult speculative fiction, discuss themes and techniques, and write their own fantastic worlds into creation.

apr-29-tesoro-nlaheashotAbout the Instructor: Christina Tesoro is a writer, educator, and LAMBDA Literary Fellow from Queens, NY. She likes retold fairy tales most of all.

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