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Unterberg Poetry Center

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

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.

Manuscript submissions for advanced workshops must be received by Friday, September 18 at 5 pm. For master class deadlines please visit individual class sites.

Young Writers Workshop Submission Guidelines:

Students ages 12–14 may register for our one-week intensive by visiting our site (no application necessary).

For students ages 15–18, 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.


Please submit your scholarship application for ANY COURSE when you submit your manuscript. You can do so by emailing the Scholarship 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.


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

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.

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.

We may combine information you've shared with us through your application, ticketing and donor history at 92nd Street Y, along with publicly available information to enhance and personalize our communications with you about events that may be of interest to you, or for other promotional purposes.

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Please note that all 92Y regularly scheduled in-person programs are suspended.