Brooklyn Workshop John Crowley and Louis Bayard, April 2016
Our alumni speak about their weekend in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) with Louis Bayard and John Crowley:
"One of the most rewarding workshops I have experienced. Terry has a knack for creating a rich environment for writers to come together, share ideas, help one another improve their manuscripts, and have a great time. Everything about the weekend was positive!"
--Bettylynn McIlvain, New Hope PA
“A wonderful weekend in the fantastic Dumbo neighborhood with (Super)fine food and finer company, studying and discussing both our own work and the legendary books and authors to which we aspire, including the very instructors in our sessions!
--Laura Boswell, Washington DC
The Company of Writers conference offered a singular opportunity to workshop with two successful novelists who are also great teachers. Not to be missed. Even the host is a novelist!
--Scott Woods, New Haven CT
Brooklyn Workshop with Colum McCann and Blanche Boyd
Here's what our participants had to say about their Martin Luther King weekend at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop with award-winning authors.
"Thanks for an inspiring few days. The session really helped to get under the hood of my novel and I feel a much more competent writing mechanic as a result. The fact that it's two intense days means that I could fit this training easily into my life even with a 3000 mile flight ! The structure was great - the mix of formal and informal gatherings, the great convivial space provided by Superfine Restaurant and Berl's Poetry Shop and the level of writing mastery in the room from facilitators and participants."
---Gaylene Gould, London
"I really enjoyed my weekend with the program. Blanch is an extraordinary writer and an even better workshop instructor. She took the time to thoroughly read my submission and provide me with exceptionally valuable feedback. Colum and Terry were both very helpful towards helping me understand the mechanics of the book industry and how to find the right agent. While the Internet is a great resource, there's no substitute for communicating with accomplished professionals in the industry ... and this program gave me that opportunity. And lastly, the location was absolutely remarkable. I don't know which is better, the beautiful cobblestone streets of DUMBO or the imagery of the Brooklyn Bridge at dusk. Both are exceptional."
---Michael Winestock, New York
"With the Manhattan Bridge overpass traffic drumming above us, we gathered around a laden table at Superfine, a neighborhood bar and restaurant in Dumbo. What lay ahead of us was a week-end repast of writing nourishment: for starters, a seminar with Colum McCann on Saturday followed by the main course, a workshop of our current manuscripts on Sunday led by Blanche Boyd. McCann's teaching was fine and magnanimous, Boyd's workshop, keen and productive, but I most valued sharing the table in fellowship with other writers. I traveled from Arizona for the week-end and plan on doing it again anytime Terry Hawkins rings the dinner bell!"
---Mary Ellen Connor Smith, Phoenix
New Haven Workshop with Amy Bloom
On November 21--Harvard Saturday, as it happened--eighteen writers met for a day-long fiction seminar with Amy Bloom at the Grove in New Haven. Here's what they had to say:
"Anyone who knows Amy Bloom's fiction is familiar with how much meaning she infuses in each sentence. In her seminar she teaches writers how she does pulls it off. She's blunt, plowing through many questions with a "who cares;" but with understanding--always in the interest of getting at deeper questions. It's hard to believe she covered so much information of great use to writers in such a short time. This was one of my best seminar experiences ever."
---Kevin Arnold, California
"It was a pleasure to spend time with the writer who created so many memorable characters -- I've been a fan since Amy Bloom published her first book of short stories in 1993. She was engaging and engaged, giving each participant a chance to explore the issues that mattered most, from getting started, to layering details, to getting published. Her examples from her own life were vivid and intense, including remarks made by fellow writers of fiction. She was warm, friendly, and approachable, and seemed to enjoy the day as much as everyone else did!"
---Elizabeth Titus, Connecticut
"The workshop with Amy Bloom was fantastic. She is a generous teacher who humanizes the craft of writing."
---Amanda Bloom, Connecticut