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Unterberg Poetry Center

Developing a writing project? Aiming to create publishable work? Our workshops are perfect for you.

All students will have the opportunity to be published in the Poetry Center’s online literary magazine, Podium.

Advanced, Master Class and Young Writers’ Workshop students are selected by instructor on the basis of manuscript submission. To learn more, select from the links below.

Advanced Workshop and Master Class Submission Guidelines:

Applications should consist of maximum:

6 typed pages of poetry (only one poem per page)
15 pages of prose (double-spaced)

An application fee of $10 — in the form of a check made out to 92nd Street Y or paid through Submittable — must accompany your submission.

Only one fee is required per person, regardless of how many applications are submitted. If you are applying to more than one workshop and would like to submit two different writing samples, please email the center directly. Please do not use a poetry submission for a prose class, or vice versa.

Young Writers’ Workshop Submission Guidelines:

Applications should consist of maximum:

5 typed pages of poetry (only one poem per page) OR prose (double-spaced)

Combinations (ie: 2 poems, 3 pages of a story) are welcome.

There is no fee for Young Writers’ Workshop applicants.

Admission to the YWW is rolling.

Scholarships

Please submit your scholarship application for ANY COURSE when you submit your manuscript. You can do so by emailing the center directly, or, if you are applying by mail or in person, include it in the envelope with your submission.

How to Apply

For all courses, we accept manuscripts through Submittable, by mail, or dropped off at 92Y in person.

Online:

Enter your address, email, phone number, and biographical information in the Cover Letter field. Indicate courses you are applying to in the Workshops field.

By post:

Send your manuscript, cover letter and $10 check for application fee to:
Writing Program
92Y Unterberg Poetry Center
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

In person:

Drop off your manuscript, cover letter and $10 check for application fee at the 92Y Box Office. The Box Office opens at 12 noon. Address your envelope to:

Writing Program
Unterberg Poetry Center

Acceptance and Registration

Students will be notified via email. (So please, include your email in your contact information!)

The typical wait period to hear back is two weeks: we want to give your instructors time to read the application manuscripts carefully.

(For students applying to the Young Writers’ Workshop, this means you can expect to hear shortly after the time of your application, as the YWW is rolling admission.)

Once accepted, we ask students to register promptly so that notification of wait-listed students, instructors and those not accepted is not delayed. If it turns out you are unable to take the class as planned, please alert the Poetry Center so that someone from the wait-list may take your spot. If you have already registered, please refer to 92Y's refund policies.

Advanced Courses

Poetry Manuscript with Kathleen Ossip
Poetry with Cynthia Cruz
Poetry with Mark Bibbins
Poetry with Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Novel Writing with Stephen Wright
Novel Writing with Sandra Newman
Fiction with Fiona Maazel
Fiction with Teddy Wayne

Memoir with Kathryn Harrison

Memoir Master Class with Benjamin Taylor
Poetry Master Class with Shane McCrae
Poetry Master Class with Solmaz Sharif
Poetry with Laura Kasischke
Poetry with Grace Schulman

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