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2019 Workshops

Image © copyright 2019 by Alexandra Baer, Director, Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY

Writing Creative Nonfiction @ NYU SPS-CALA


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


Humanities, Arts, and Writing
Program Area
Creative Writing

10 Wednesdays 6:10-8:30 p.m.

Fall & Spring Terms



Inspired by Nature Writing Workshop@ NYU SPS/CALA


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.


Humanities, Arts, and Writing
Program Area
Creative Writing


WRIT CE 9737 

Wednesdays, June 12-July 17 (no class July 3rd) 





@Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY 


Sunday, June 23, 1-3 p.m.


Tuition: Free



© copyright by Carol Bergman 2019


Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

@ The Ellenville Library, Ellenville, NY 


Tuition: Free


ONE-DAY "Witness to History" Writing Workshop

© copyright Carol Bergman 2019


Saturday, November 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

@ The Ellenville Library, Ellenville, NY


In this interactive workshop class, students will choose a reported event they have witnessed either first-hand or through the media. We will begin with oral story-telling of personal recollections and then seek out primary material, such as interviews and archival material @ the library, before drafting a personal essay. The only required tools are memory, a notebook and a free flowing pen. Beginners and seasoned writers are welcome.







Group Class by audition/ invitation only. Prerequisite: workshop experience, motivation, commitment to critiquing work.


Individual Coaching & Editing @ a realistic sliding scale within your budget.


Skype, FT or telephone coaching available upon request.


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