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On various Saturdays and some weeknights, Queens writers will study and practice craft with some of the best writers from our area. These classes focus on a particular theme, craft technique, or element of poetry, memoir, essay, or fiction writing and include reading, discussion, and lots of writing time. These classes are not critique groups and no one will tell anyone what they were doing wrong with their writing—these classes are a chance to be inspired, to meet fellow writers, and to write, write, write. They are free and open to everyone, no matter their experience with writing or number of publications.


For information about our classes for kids and teens, visit here.

Editing & Revision: What's your process?

Queens Library at Broadway, 40-20 Broadway

January 04, 2020

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

First comes the idea then the drafting and then...revision. Some writers edit as they go and many edit after they've gotten an idea of what the work truly is. What happens from there? How do authors self-edit and receive feedback from peers and/or editors? What steps do you take to apply critique to refine your prose? This workshop will look at how fiction/nonfiction writers have pursued revision and also have exercises on-site for participants to recognize what helps (or hurts) their editing process as they sharpen their eye to details developing within their work.

Instructor: Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional of 16 years, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she received a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay "What We Aren't (or the Ongoing Divide)" was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2018. Jennifer is also the editor of the all PoC-short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). Her fiction, nonfiction, and criticism has appeared in various print and online publications. Her website is:

Narrative Structure in Short Fiction

Queens Library at Sunnyside, 43-06 Greenpoint Ave

February 01, 2020

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The strongest fiction is written by authors who make meaningful choices about how the form of their story works together with their narrative’s content.  This, in a word, is structure. 

In this workshop, students will analyze the structure of short stories from different authors like Toni Cade Bambara, Mikhail Bulgakov, Raymond Carver, Marilyn Chin, Lydia Davis, and Etgar Keret. They'll learn how to apply its lessons to their own work, whether they're just starting a story, in the middle of a draft, or in the process of editing.

Instructor: Bill Cheng is the author of Southern Cross the Dog, published by HarperCollins / Ecco in 2013, which was long listed for the PEN Open Book Award and the Center for Fiction's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. He is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship Grant in Literature, and was a graduate of Hunter College's MFA Program. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Newtown Literary is committed to providing accessibility for people with various dis/abilities. Please email us at least two weeks before an event if you have any accommodation requirements.

Community Partnerships

These classes brought to you in partnership with Queens Library and is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 

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