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Midtown, Manhattan
5 W 63rd St
Btwn W 62nd & W 64th Streets
New York, New York 10023
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Beth Ann Bauman

What you'll learn in this fiction class:

This is the perfect class for fiction writers who want to be writing but aren't, or those who feel stuck on a current project. This is a generating class in which students write new material or advance pre-existing short stories or novel chapters.

The class provides weekly deadlines, through fun and challenging prompts, that serve as pricks to the imagination to get you off and racing. Each class session is reserved for workshopping student work. The class works well for both beginning and more experienced writers who want to increase their creative output.

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All classes are located at the West Side YMCA at 5 West 63rd Street. Students will need to check in with reception, and on their first visit they will need to check in with the Membership Desk to get their program participant card for entry. Reception will direct them to the room where their class is being held.

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Reviews of Classes at West Side YMCA - Community Arts (27)

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Filling the Well
Reviewed by Meghan K. on 6/20/2018
Beth gives a number of options as your prompts for each class, and then an additional fun activity is assigned as part of an effort to get you to think creatively and expose yourself to new ideas. Beth is a kind, thoughtful teacher who has very insightful critiques and suggestions on what direction you should go in and how you can strengthen each piece. This was my second time taking this course and I've already signed up for it again!
Filling the Well
Reviewed by Meghan K. on 4/18/2018
This is the second class of Beth's that I've taken at the YMCA and I really enjoyed it. Each class, each student reads their 300-word work aloud, based on the prompt assigned the last week. This format allows for students to experiment with one-off pieces or continue working on longer works throughout the course. Beth's critiques are thoughtful and helpful. I would absolutely take this class again, and I suggest you do too!
Filling the Well
Reviewed by April S. on 8/14/2019
Filling the Well
Reviewed by Meghan K. on 8/11/2018
Filling the Well
Reviewed by Mayelin N. on 6/26/2017

School: West Side YMCA - Community Arts

West Side YMCA - Community Arts

How We Build:
Healthy Bodies
We develop bodies and voices through participation in arts programs that build and strengthen community
We teach self-expression through writing, visual art, creative drama, movement, dance, and theatre.

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