Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park. Photo by Carol Bergman

INSPIRED BY NATURE (Summer 2016)
NYU College of Applied Liberal Arts

Harness the forces of nature to discover its many sources of inspiration—including those found in New York City’s parks and other open spaces—in this summer writing workshop. Bring a notebook with unlined pages, a free flowing pen, a glue stick, memories of hikes and walks, favorite nature photographs, and most important, your imagination. Learn how to utilize journal notes, photographs, observations, sketches, and dreams to inspire ideas for short stories, poems, memoirs, and essays. Read and discuss writers inspired by nature, including Annie Dillard, Gretel Ehrlich, Jourdan Imani Keith, and Meera Subramanian. In addition to classroom activities and at least one guided visit to a NYC park, there are weekly assignments that reflect New York’s natural bounty including its parks and seashore.

Course Number
WRIT1-CE9737
Price
$290.00

Department of Humanities, Arts, and Writing
Five Tuesdays: June 14, 2016 - July 19, 2016
12:30PM - 2:50PM
No class July 5



2016 Workshops
NYU School of Professional Studies
Creative Nonfiction Writing

Explore the process of writing nonfiction with clarity and precision as well as with a poet’s eye. Geared toward both novice writers and out-of-practice scribes, this course guides you through a series of effective exercises to jump-start your nonfiction writing. Emphasis is placed on building self-confidence and developing your individual voice. Write short essays, memoirs, and profiles. Learn to improve tone, style, and point of view through imaginative weekly writing assignments and by reading masters of nonfiction.

Course Number
WRIT1-CE9713
Price
$580.00

Department
Humanities, Arts, and Writing
Program Area
Creative Writing
Wednesday Nights


Witness to History
NYU- SPS

Course Description:

Whether it’s the moon landing, the 9/​​11 terrorist attacks, or the election of the country’s first African-American president, historic, world-changing events can have a very personal impact. In this interactive workshop, choose a reported event—whether witnessed firsthand or through the media—and craft a personal essay that recounts it from your own perspective. Use oral storytelling of personal recollections to shape your essay, and then delve into research to unlock memories and to add context to your story. The only required tools are memory, a notebook and pen, and access to the Internet or a library. Beginners and seasoned writers are welcome.

Course Number

WRIT1-CE9940
Price
$290.00
Department
Humanities, Arts, and Writing
Program Area
Creative Writing
Monday Nights


PRIVATE WORKSHOPS & INDIVIDUAL COACHING

Group Class by audition/​​ invitation only @​​ $50-70 per session depending on enrollment. Prerequisite: a workshop experience, motivation, commitment to critiquing work. I don't run a group class every term.

Individual Coaching @​​ a realistic sliding scale within your budget:

$15-$25 per submission page, $100 - $150 per hour for a F2F, Skype or FT discussion of the critique. Marked-up pages will be returned to you.

I discuss the fee with my students before beginning work. We settle on a fee that is comfortable for both of us.





Carol Bergman’s articles, essays, and interviews have appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and Salon.com. Her essay, “Objects of Desire” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize; her short stories have appeared in many literary magazines. She is the author of biographies of Mae West and Sidney Poitier, a memoir, Searching for Fritzi, two books of novellas, Sitting for Klimt and Water Baby and two novels, Say Nothing and What Returns to Us. She compiled and edited Another Day in Paradise; International Humanitarian Workers Tell Their Stories, nominated for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. She lives in New York City and teaches writing at New York University.