Generative writing workshops for beginners and begin-againers

a fresh approach to creative writing for those who need a push from the nest

“Best NYC Writing Classes.”
— TimeOut NY

Generative Workshops

We write in class. We read in class. All you need is a pen and paper (or even a smartphone). Prompts designed to get your wheels turning will be offered at each session. 

Carving out creative time

Often, people complain that they would write if they had the time, if they knew what the heck to write about. Fledgling offers you time and inspiration. No homework. No pressure. This is about making time for a little creativity once a week.

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our model

Writing creatively should be that--creative. Fledgling classrooms are anything but rigid. Sometimes we'll be strange. Sometimes we'll be silly. Sometimes we'll be introspective. We don't have rules, just respect.

Wednesdays, Apr 17 - May 29 - Join Here

In Person once weekly | 7-8:30 pm

7 weeks - $350

 

In this weekly class we'll spend 1.5 hours a session writing to two or three new prompts. This class is meant for the most tenderfoot-ed of fledglings, participants with some workshop experience, or veterans who are looking for something new. Multifaceted prompts are designed to encourage writers of all levels to approach their work through varying perspectives and simply get some words on paper. Group discussion will focus on what techniques each writer is doing well, so they can continue to grow their practice. Participants are given the opportunity to receive more critical feedback in our last two sessions on pages they’ve polished at home. Like all Fledgling courses, this standard course is open to writers interested in all genres looking to generate ideas and content. These sessions are meant to create space for free expression in even the busiest of city-dwellers' lives.

capacity = 9 participants

[This course led by Elizabeth Leonard]

 

Wednesdays, Mar 6 - Apr 10 - Join Here

online once weekly | 8-9:30 pm est

6 weeks - $300

 

This course is intended to jumpstart or restart an at-home writing practice. The only way to become a writer is to write, but finding the time and discipline can be tricky. We'll explore the idea of "inspiration." This is not something that has to strike us like lightning. Instead of waiting for our moment, we'll take the power back and invite inspiration to our page on our own time.

In many respects the online version of The Fledgling Course, the Nestling Course is slightly more goal-oriented. While the in-class course focuses solely on the generation of ideas and content, this at home series culminates with all participants having completed the draft of some original piece of creative writing—whether it be a chapter, short story, essay, poem, or scene. (It is not required that writers have an idea for such a piece prior to class and “homework” will be limited to an hour or less extra per week).

The first four weeks will be dedicated to discussion and the generation of ideas. In the last two weeks, we will continuing developing work and participants will have the opportunity to receive more critical feedback on a piece they've embellished from work generated in class. Following the final session, Sammi will provide written annotation and feedback on up to 15 double spaced pages of work for writers who turn their work in within two weeks of the last meeting.

These sessions meet face to face through a (free) online conferencing app, which means you may participate from anywhere in the country (or the world)!

capacity = 7 participants

[This class is led over a free online conferencing platform]

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Next Course begins Fall 2019 - Join Here

In person once weekly | 7-9 pm

6 weeks + daily prompts/resources - $425

 

Always wanted to write a book, but unsure how or where to start? Stuck on chapter four and searching for support? In our weekly sessions we'll discuss the bones of creating a successful manuscript including lessons on plotting, character development, setting, and more. We'll turn to examples from master novelists to light our way and write together in class to hone our skills and develop ideas.

During the height of fall migration, birds are on the move every day. Along with planning in person, we’ll aim to write a thousand words daily, keeping each other accountable through an online log, ultimately writing over 20,000 words. (However, if this is to much of a time commitment, you can opt to do what you can with the prompts, saving others for later, and just stick with the in person meetings).

This class is ideal for seasoned and amateur writers with a novel idea or rough draft who produce more with the aids of structure and a community of peers. Though "novel" implies fiction, memoirists and creative non-fiction writers working on a book length project are also welcome.

capacity = 8 participants

 

Thursdays, Apr 18 - May 16 - Join Here

in person ONCE WEEKLY | 7-9 PM EST

5 weeks - $400

This course is offered for writers returning to the Fledgling nest who are ready for a more traditional workshop experience. Mixing the generative experience you know and love with the critical seminar style you might expect from standard workshops, these sessions are split in two. Each writer will be the focus of an hour of discussion on up to 25 (or at least 15) pages of prose (stories, chapters, and essays are all fair game). The writer can expect both positive and critical feedback on their pages, though never negative or loaded with agenda. Participants will read each other’s work before the session and receive in-text notes and a brief letter from their fellow participants as well as edits and suggestions from Sammi.

In keeping with Fledgling’s philosophies of ease, freedom, and fun this course is an intimate one in order to keep the homework to a minimum. The second half of class will be spent prompt writing and sharing out as in other Fledgling courses. Exercises will be specially designed to work on challenges that have come up in the group’s work, so we can actively work to improve together and leave class having written some fresh material.

This course is perfect for Fledglings looking to take their practice a step further or who are craving insight on a piece they hope to publish. For birds, spring migration is a community effort to return home. I like to think this course could be defined in just that way.

capacity = 5 participants

[deadline to apply is April 1st]

Courses offered as they fill - Join Here

once weekly 7-9 pm

3 weeks - $125

(20% of proceeds go to RAINN or The American Heart Association)

Fledgling offers smaller, shorter courses for those who have lost a loved one or women who have suffered from sexual assault or harassment. A certified therapist does not lead this course. Our goal is to foster camaraderie and lend an ear to those who are too often hushed. Sammi is a survivor of sexual assault and lost her father at the age of 15. In these dark times, writing offered light. She knows the value of simply being around others who understand (even on a small level) and hopes to create something safe and healing from these workshops.

These courses are offered as they fill. If you are interested in writing with a grief or survivor community please indicate so on your application and you will be notified when the class has filled to discuss scheduling. 

[sessions held at Sammi's Crown Heights home]