Enhance your writing craft in our immersive workshop focusing on writing process, critical technique and creative exploration.

The School of The New York Times is pleased to offer our Writing Workshop, a writing intensive for rising middle and high school students (grades 7-12), which helps students enhance their writing skills under the tutelage of some of the best writers in the world.

Students will learn how to approach different forms of writing and gain skills such as evidence-based writing and interviewing. Moreover, students will build confidence in their craft and gain several key skills critical to future academic and professional success. Are you ready to write?

Communication & Writing Skills
The Writing Workshop focuses on three elements of writing:

1) Process (writing in steps: warm-up, drafting, feedback, and revision)
2) Genre (kinds of writing that impact process)
3) Collaboration (aspects of the writing process completed with the help of other writers such as peer review)

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.

Thus, writing goes well beyond the old saying of “putting thoughts to paper”— it also requires the ability to observe, interview, examine, process and approach people and works critically. The Writing Workshop will investigate current topics in writing, helping students interview effectively, dissect prose and craft it into compelling writing.

The Writing 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.

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.

Site Visits
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 centers
City Hall
New York neighborhoods

Instructors & Guest Speakers
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.

Previous instructors and guest speakers include:

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
Gordon Haber, creative writing instructor, founder, Dutch Kills Press
Zaina Arafat, teacher, author, journalist
Geoffrey Nelson, English Department Chair, Locust Academy
James Yeh, writer and departments editor, The Believer
Jennifer Percy, writer, New York Times Magazine
Helene Stapinski, author, educator, journalist, The New York Times
John Schwartz, science journalist, The New York Times
Alan Blinder, journalist, The New York Times
Richard Fausset, journalist, The New York Times
Caroline Moss, senior strategist, BuzzFeed
Noah Davis, co-founder, Three Point Four Media
Janice Maffei, founder, VisionFirst
Stephanie Whetstone, Assistant Director, Princeton Writes
Jessica Goodman, magazine editor, Cosmopolitan
Mallika Rao, award winning essayist and journalist

Cost and Session Information

Writing Workshop:
Spring Session: March 25  - March 29 
Summer Session:  TBD
Tuition for Day Students is $1,950.

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