Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Thaddeus Rutkowski Teaches Generating Fiction @ West Side YMCA Starting Sept. 8

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A Workshop With
~Presented By~

West Side YMCA’s Writer’s Voice


West Side YMCA
5 W. 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023

~8-Week session~
Monday Nights 6:45-8:45 PM

Sept. 8 - October 20

Registration begins August 18 (members) August 25 (Open Registration)
* Classes are $100.00 for YMCA “older adult” members (65+).
* Classes are $125.00 for YMCA members.
* Classes are $375.00 for non-members.

Generating Fiction (Developing Characters & Plot)
Session V
What is the story you need to tell? How do you choose characters, decide on a point of view? How do you structure your tale to make it more compelling? In this class, we will answer these questions by exploring sources of inspiration and shaping raw material into more coherent stories or chapters. Writers will be encouraged to develop individual projects and show new pages on a schedule. Weekly exercises will focus on elements of the craft, and substantial class time will be used for constructive critiques of works-in-progress. Experimental approaches and creative nonfiction/ memoir also will be welcome. Writers new to the form or honing their work will find a supportive environment here. (Fiction workshop, though memoir can be presented as well)

Writing Sample Submission Guidelines

  • Students who have not yet enrolled in a Level III course must submit a writing sample, or have written permission from the instructor
  • Please also include a brief letter of intent, indicating your writing experience, as well as what you wish to get out of a writing workshop.
  • Cover letters must state your name, address, day and evening telephone numbers, and e-mail address.
  • Students are encouraged to submit samples for more than one class.
  • Writing samples may not be returned, so please do not submit your only copy.
  • Acceptance into submission-based classes, whether a new or returning student, is up to the discretion of the instructor. Due to the large number of submissions, a critique of a rejected submission is not possible.


* Fiction: 6-8 pages.

Please do not submit more than the maximum amount requested.

Submissions should be sent as “word” documents to {Lmotta@ymcanyc.org}

You may also send “hard” copies of submissions or letters of intent to:

Thaddeus Rutkowski
c/o The Writer’s Voice
West Side YMCA’s Writer’s Voice
5 W. 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023

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My workshop “Generating Fiction” will begin on Monday evening, Sept. 8, at The Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA. The class will include brief exercises and detailed, constructive discussion of works-in-progress. Creative nonfiction and experimental approaches are welcome. Open to everyone. Eight meetings. Register online at www.ymcanyc.org or in person at the front registration desk at 5 West 63rd Street (open till 11 p.m.). Registration opens for Y members on Aug. 18, the following week for nonmembers. Financial aid is available, but you must apply ASAP. For info, call Lily Motta at (212) 875-4124, or e-mail lmotta@ymcanyc.org. I can also give you instructions for online registration or send you a financial aid application form.

Thad Rutkowski

Thaddeus Rutkowski holds a B.A. and B.F.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. in fiction writing from The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of the novels Tetched and Roughhouse. Both books were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award. Credits include four nominations for a Pushcart Prize and publications in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Fiction magazine, Fiction International and The New York Times.


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