Sleeping on the Wing

“The eyes roll asleep as if turned by the wind and the lids flutter open slightly like a wing.”

– from Frank O’Hara’s “Sleeping on the Wing”

Sleeping on the Wing:

A Teen Writing Workshop in Brooklyn

July 21-Aug 6

Times and Locations: Students will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am-12 pm at Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn at 513 Henry Street.

Description: Sleeping On the Wing offers students ages 13-18 the experience of writing in an intimate, supportive workshop that values the risks and adventure of the creative process. No previous creative writing experience is necessary—only a fascination with words and a desire to develop greater fluency and confidence in their writing. Each student will have the opportunity to workshop two pieces and to meet individually with instructor Brooke Shaffner. Students will learn about poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and the writing process through readings and exercises based on Kenneth Koch’s anthology of modern poetry, Sleeping on the Wing, and excerpts of works by Sandra Cisneros, Jamaica Kincaid, J.D. Salinger, and Lorrie Moore, among others. They will investigate the strategies these authors use to craft their prose and poetry, learning to read the work of their peers, and ultimately their own work, with a greater awareness of structure, voice, character, image, scene, setting, and language.

Instructors: Brooke Shaffner will teach this workshop.

Workshop Size: Ten spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Travel: All classes meet at Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn at 513 Henry Street. Students from outside of New York City are welcome to take Sleeping on the Wing, but are responsible for their travel arrangements.

Cost: $600

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