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Enhance your writing craft in our immersive workshop focusing on writing process, critical technique and creative exploration.
365体育备用网址The School of The New York Times is pleased to offer our annual August Writers’ Workshop, a back-to-school writing intensive for rising middle and high school students (grades 7-12). This workshop helps students enhance their writing skills under the tutelage of some of the best writers in the world while building confidence in their craft and gaining skills critical to future academic and professional success. Are you ready to write?
The Workshop focuses on three elements of writing:
- Process (writing in steps: warm-up, drafting, feedback and revision)
- Genre (kinds of writing that impact process)
- Collaboration (aspects of the writing process completed with the help of other writers such as peer review)
365体育备用网址Students will learn how to successfully approach writing and revising in their own voice as well as planning and executing multiple writing pieces. Skills include critical reading and thinking, understanding the architecture of a well-written piece and how to quickly organize and communicate ideas.
Students will be able to choose a style of writing to help hone their craft: Journalism or Creative Writing.
- Journalism: This section will teach students how to investigate and capture New York City’s unique landscape with a reporter’s eye. Throughout the week, students will cultivate their unique storytelling voice while learning the fundamental skills of good journalism: effective interviewing techniques, developing news judgment and how to write compelling articles. Working individually and in groups, students will learn how to fashion their reporting into articles to build a portfolio of creative, journalistic work.
- Creative Writing: This section will use New York City as inspiration to build a writers’ salon and help students explore their own literary path. Students will survey a range of writing forms and styles, analyzing these works in order to learn how to read as writers. Simultaneously, students will focus on writing as a process, learning ways to approach drafts more efficiently and to remove some of the stress of facing the blank page. As a result, students will improve their technical and creative skills and find ways to move forward with their work.
The August Writers’ Workshop complements The School of The New York Times’s prestigious Summer Academy, offering a focused approach to many of the core disciplines covered in our Summer Academy program. Leveraging the best of New York City and The School of The New York Times, students will emerge with strengthened communication skills, a profound sense of the power of the written word and their own unique voice within it.
365体育备用网址Students will be completely immersed in both the classroom and New York City. The Workshop serves as a kickstart to the new school year, a primer for enhanced college application writing or as a qualifier to help prepare for our Summer Academy application.
365体育备用网址Students will explore the city with their instructors and teaching staff. Site visits may include: The New York Times Building, Times Archive, Times Museum, museums and cultural institutions, City Hall and New York neighborhoods.
Guest speakers will include New York Times journalists and staff, plus expert authors, publishers and photographers. Students will have opportunities to participate in Q&A sessions with guest speakers. Past instructors and guest speakers have included: Peter Applebome (editor, journalist, columnist, The New York Times), Amy Rowland (novelist, staff editor, The New York Times Book Review), Judith Matloff (author and professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism), Jennifer Percy (writer, New York Times Magazine), Caroline Moss (senior strategist, BuzzFeed), and Jessica Goodman (magazine editor, Cosmopolitan).