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Going Deeper: Fiction Workshop

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

In this class, students working on novels and short stories learn to improve craft, deepen fiction, and identify and tackle common storytelling problems. Students must have work ready to present. Prerequisites: Writing sample (up to 8 pages of fiction) and permission of instructor required. Location Instructions All classes are located at the West...

$228

5 sessions

Wednesday Jul 11th, 6:45pm

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Filling the Well

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

In this class, the goal is to feed imagination and create good, raw fiction material through weekly writing exercises and missions. Writing exercises provide fun and challenging prompts to generate new work or advance pre-existing stories/chapters. The class works well for both beginning and more experienced writers. Location Instructions: Students...

$228

4 sessions

Tuesday Jul 10th, 6:45pm

How to Think and Write Funny

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Humor is a skill that can come in mighty handy – especially since we’re all gonna die. Whether you’re trying to punch up your online dating profile, become an amusing public speaker, write that memoir, craft essays, find success as a stand-up comedian so you can have an excuse to drink all the time (or sleep around), or publish the next (and...

$456

8 sessions

Telling Great Stories

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Everyone has a story to tell. Whether you’re a skilled practitioner polishing a piece or a beginner learning the craft, this workshop has something for you. We will focus on elements of prose writing—plot, character, setting, voice, and beginnings and endings—through weekly prompts and detailed critiques.  Exercises and works in progress...

$456

8 sessions

Monday Jul 9th, 6:30pm

Reader's Theatre 55+

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

A great class for theater enthusiasts to learn, explore, and experience dynamic new plays. Each week, the class reads a contemporary play cold from start to finish, developing character spontaneously. With the instructor's creative guidance, students learn to accumulate circumstances and make creative choices about character. At the conclusion of the...

$338

6 sessions

Screenwriting/Playwriting

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

This workshop covers fundamentals of the craft of Dramatic Writing including; writing dramatic scenes, story structure, character, dialogue and revision. The instructor creates a supportive and participatory workshop environment. Students bring in new pages of their script-in progress on a weekly or biweekly basis and hears their material read out...

$285

5 sessions

Intro to Fiction

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

In this class, beginning and intermediate-level fiction students work toward building short stories and novel chapters and learning the elements of craft. Whether you are a new beginner or want to sharpen up your basic writing technique, this is the class for you. Student work is discussed in a warm atmosphere. Location Instructions: Students will...

$342

6 sessions

Wednesday Sep 12th, 1pm

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Shaping the Stories in Our Lives

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Every life has stories worth telling. This workshop provides tools to overcome fear of the blank page and writing prompts to jump-start the creative process. Inspired by class discussion and examples of great writing, participants will hone in on their stories and explore elements of craft.  No pre-registration requirement(s): Open to writers...

$399

7 sessions

Tuesday Sep 4th, 1:30pm

YMCA Singers Forum

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

Enjoy singing in the shower? Looking for a place to practice new material for professional singing? For the novice or seasoned performer, Singers Forum is a friendly and supportive environment for anyone who loves to sing. Classes include group songs and warm-ups as well as individual vocal coaching.  Instructor, John Prestianni, has been...

$463

8 sessions

Wednesday Sep 5th, 5:30pm

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Strange and Fantastical Tales

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

In this class, we’ll look an assortment of genres—fairy tales, fantasy, ghost stories, and other speculative fictions.  Readings and exercises will be assigned, and in the final weeks student works-in-progress will be workshopped.

$570

10 sessions

Tuesday Sep 25th, 6:45pm

The Art of Personal Narrative

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

This open-level class is for anyone interested in writing personal narrative in any form: memoir, creative nonfiction, or personal essay. Through insightful critique and focused discussion, honing the tools of strong writing: distinctive voice, precise language, resonant imagery, vivid sensory description, dramatic scene and dialogue, and inventive...

$445

8 sessions

Pilobolus Dance Movement Making (Ages 55+)

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

In this workshop, teaching artist, Jessie Sector from Pilobolus will lead participants in warm ups, kinesthetic exercises, and group improvisations. Each session will include collaborative choreography creation and sharing. Participants will experience new kinds of movement, creativity, and connection. The class is fun, group-led and accessible for...

$150

8 sessions

Ballet Beg/Int (Adults of all ages)

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

It's never to late to learn the basics. In this fun Ballet class for all levels, students will develop poise, balance, agility, and grace while learning basic ballet positions, balances, port-de-bras, barre work, across the floor, and short combinations.

$450

8 sessions

Tap for Beginners

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

From the shuffle to the time step, this tap dance basics will break down the fundamentals of each step, practice drills, develop fun combinations, and get you moving in rhythm in no time!  All levels are welcome.

$450

8 sessions

Beyond the I: When Memoir Meets History

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

In this workshop, we will explore how personal stories can be enriched by the larger story of history be it family legacies, neighborhood scenes, or the culture that surrounds us. Through readings, discussion, and in-class exercises, participants discover new strategies for writing their life stories in ways that friends, family, or strangers will...

$65
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