"The program exceeded my expectations. I saw myself taking more risks in form and content, which was exciting. I loved the instruction and think the group dynamic was one of the best I’ve witnessed in writing workshops,” wrote a summer 2016 workshop student.

Your Voice Matters

A three-week summer workshop for young writers

Mon, Jul 10-Thu, Jul 27

Limited spots available — apply by Tue, Jun 6 at 5 pm!

Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy), Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story), Sapphire (PUSH) and Claudia Rankine (Citizen) all got their start as students in workshops at 92Y.

In this three-week workshop you’ll learn the tricks of the trade from three extraordinary writer-teachers. Explore your ideas, experiment and grow confident in your voice.

In the morning session, you’ll learn to read like a writer while studying work by authors from all backgrounds. You’ll also take your original ideas and turn them into real and convincing works in poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

In afternoon roundtable workshops, you’ll learn to talk deeply and critically about your own work and to give smart and useful feedback to your peers on exercises and assignments.


Maya Catherine Popa is a 2015 Ruth Lilly finalist and the recipient of the Poetry Foundation Editor's Prize. Her chapbook The Bees Have Been Canceled was recently published by New Michigan Press. She holds degrees from Oxford University, NYU, and Barnard College and oversees the Christine Schutt Creative Writing Program at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City.


Kay Iguh is a fiction writer and graduate of the Creative Writing Program at New York University. Her short story “House Girl” won the 2016 Disquiet Literary Prize and was published in Guernica. She is also a 2016 Center for Fiction NYC Emerging Writers Fellow. She currently teaches creative writing to high school students. A native Nigerian, she grew up in Houston and now lives in Brooklyn.


Kate Daloz is the author of We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Esquire, The New Republic and The American Scholar, among other publications.


Visiting Writers

Joshua Bennett is the author of The Sobbing School, a 2015 National Poetry Series selection. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cave Canem, the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust, and the Ford Foundation. His writing has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The New York Times and Poetry.

Siri Hustvedt is the author of six novels, including the international bestsellers What I Loved and The Summer Without Men. Her most recent novel, The Blazing World, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and won The Los Angeles Book Prize for fiction.

Rachel Aviv joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2013. She has written about criminal justice, psychiatry, education, foster care and homelessness, among other subjects. In 2010, she received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Her writing on mental health was awarded a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship, an Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media and an American Psychoanalytic Association Award for Excellence in Journalism.



Send us one document with up to five pages of your original work: your poems, a short story, a scene, even your novel!

Enter your contact information (name, telephone number and email) in the Cover Letter field, as well as a short paragraph on why you’d like to spend three weeks writing with us.

Do note: you'll have to open a free Submittable account if you don't have one already.



Poetry Center Staff

Ricardo Maldonado (Managing Director) is the recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. A graduate of Columbia’s MFA program, he has taught creative writing to high school students in Boston, Puerto Rico and New York City.

Sophie Herron (Program Administrator) obtained her MFA in poetry from New York University. She has taught English and creative writing to students of all ages in her work as a high school teacher, a teaching artist, an NYU instructor and a Fellow at Goldwater Hospital.

Young Writers’ Workshop /
Ages 15-18
Price: $2,400


Morning session: 10 am–12 pm
Roundtable workshops: 1–3 pm

Students register for the whole program.

Each week will also feature lunch with a visiting author.

For questions, call 212.415.5760 or email us.


Scholarship assistance is available. For more information, visit 92y.org/Scholarships