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Calling all Queens writers: workshops this fall

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:30 am

Attention all Queens writers — and we know you’re out there — the Newtown Literary Alliance is holding workshops you may be interested in.

The nonprofit who brought us the Newtown Literary journal will offer a workshop and a 10-week writing course this fall.

“Writing classes in New York City can cost anywhere from two to four times the amount we will be charging for our classes,” said Tim Fredrick, president of the Newtown Literary Alliance.

Because the alliance’s mission is to support writers in the borough, Fredrick thought of the idea of holding affordable seminars on writing, which are not widely available in the city.

“One of the ways we felt we could support writers is to hold low-cost workshops,” he said.

The first course so far scheduled is E-Books 101: A Do-It-Yourself Introduction, which will be taught by Katherine Garrigan, the Newtown Literary journal’s production editor and a writer who has also lectured at John Jay College. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Greater Astoria Historical Society’s headquarters.

The seminar is $20 and seeks to help participants learn about new technology available to writers.

The second class hosted by the Newtown Literary Alliance — Queens Short Fiction Workshop — will take place over 10 Tuesdays starting on Oct. 8 and ending Dec. 17 from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the same location.

For $200, writers in Queens can apply to take part in the 10 weekly, short writing exercises to explore aspects of short fiction writing, such as mood, character, setting, word choice, revision and dialogue.

The course will definitely put writers to work. Students are expected to put together two short stories (of approximately 5,000 words each) or one longer short story, in two parts (of approximately 10,000 words total), and prepare at least one manuscript for submission to literary journals and set a submission plan for that story.

There are eight seats available for the short fiction workshop and applicants will also need to submit a writing sample for consideration.

Interested in taking part in either or both of these workshops? Visit newtownliterary.org/classes to sign up or email events@newtownliterary.org for more information.

And keep yours eyes open and pens ready. Fredrick said the alliance is planning on holding more workshops for writers in the future.

E-Books 101: A DIY Introduction

When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Tuition: $20; newtownliterary.org.

Queens Short Fiction Workshop

When: Tuesdays, Oct. 8 through Dec. 17, 6 to 7:45 p.m.

Where: Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway

Tuition:$200; newtownliterary.org.

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