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Business Listings and Services Directory / Creative Writing Workshops
« Last post by Nevart on Today at 08:12:28 AM »
If you are looking for a safe space to try out creative writing or you're a writer looking for a smart, funny, and giving community of writers to help you develop your craft, check out Heightening Stories, right here in Jackson Heights.

Email nancyagabian@yahoo.com with questions, or visit the website, http://nancyagabian.com/teaching/current-workshops/

Two workshops are continuing this fall:

Community Writing Exercise Workshop

Tuesday nights, 7 — 9 pm

In Jackson Heights, Queens.

Limited to eight members.

September 15 — December 15, 2015. (No sessions on October 13 or November 24)

Commit to at least four consecutive sessions. Enrollment open till November 10.

For beginner writers, or writers looking for a means to jump back into their writing process, this workshop will provide time to write while exploring issues of place, community and identity as they manifest in Queens and beyond. The first three to four weeks will be devoted to development: we’ll read and discuss short texts and do interactive writing exercises that may be adapted for poetry or prose. Extra writing prompts will be given for you to try during the week to keep your writing muscles active; during our meetings, time will be allotted for everyone to read aloud exercise results in order to receive supportive responses from the group. In the fourth or fifth week, we’ll work on revisions, supplementing our writing time with critiques of participants’ polished pieces of between three and five pages.  Then we’ll repeat the monthly cycle — 3-4 weeks development, one week revision. Craft and content topics will be geared for the needs, assets and interests of the group members. Examples of past lesson/writing topics have included “Dialogue and scene: A memorable conversation”, “Character and life experience: A first or last time”, and “Creating tension: suspense and structure”. If appropriate, the group will collaborate to work on a theme together, based on issues that are affecting our communities, and we’ll organize a reading, publication, or website of our work.

To apply: Please email nancyagabian@yahoo.com three paragraphs that 1) explain your experience in contributing positively to a community or group and what you could offer to be a successful member of this workshop; 2) describe your interest or experience with writing and how you think this particular workshop could help you, and 3) identify some of the Queens (or NYC) community issues that you care about the most. Attach a double-spaced 1 – 3 page sample of writing.

Tuition:

$160 for 4 weeks

$450 for all 12 weeks: a $30 discount if you register by September 8.

 
Creative Nonfiction/Autobiographical Fiction

Wednesday nights, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

in Jackson Heights, Queens

Limited to 8 members

September 9 — December 9, 2015. (No session on November 25.)

A public reading of students’ new work will take place on October 21. (Participation is optional.)

Commit to at least four consecutive sessions. Enrollment open till November 4.

Geared for intermediate to advanced writers working on individual short stories and essays or a book-length prose project, this ongoing community-oriented group encourages members to write in a way that is both bravely personal and socially conscious. Held in a supportive environment in the instructor’s home, the weekly sessions include discussions of exemplary contemporary fiction and nonfiction, craft exercises to help you develop material and learn writing techniques, and constructive group feedback sessions. Content and craft are fused in an innovative set of lessons that are adjusted to the interests and needs of the group; content topics have included writing on race, class, gender, sexuality and their intersections; cross cultural & queer experiences; the immigrant experience; war and occupation; food writing; and health, wellness and the body. Readings may include stories, chapter excerpts or full books as well as attendance to one or two public readings relating to the topics we will be exploring. We will also be reading our work to the public on October 21 as exercises in editing and feeling the presence of audience. By the end of the Fall session, you will have completed or revised up to twenty pages of writing (one long piece or a few short essays, stories or chapters) that will be ready to publish.

To apply: Please email nancyagabian@yahoo.com two paragraphs that 1) explain your experience in contributing positively to a community or group (writing or otherwise) and what you could offer to be a successful member of this workshop and 2) describe your writing goals, the writing you would like to do with this group and how you think this particular writing workshop could help you. Attach a double-spaced 5 – 10 page sample of writing.

Tuition:

$180 for 4 weeks

$500 for all 12 weeks: a $40 discount if you register by September 2
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: HATEFUL Flyer put on Car Windows
« Last post by hfm on Yesterday at 11:36:15 PM »
Who exactly are they going to convert anyway? Any sane person would obviously not wish ill will toward another, regardless of personal preferences. They're preaching to the choir. Obviously shows some lack of judgement, not to mention humanity.
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Restaurants & Food / Re: A Question about Open Table
« Last post by Stew on Yesterday at 10:12:55 PM »
I did not know how the charges to restaurants work. Interesting.

It's an open secret that many of the restaurants that use Open Table disable it for peak hours.

In other words, they take reservations for peak hours by other means (e.g. phone and e-mail).

Of course, this defeats the whole point of using Open Table or any on-line reservation system. So why does a restaurant sign up? Open Table is essentially a marketing platform, and an expensive one, and in Manhattan it isn't really optional if one accepts Open Table's argument that people search for, and select, restaurants via Open Table searches. Outside Manhattan, its footprint, and therefore power, is much less.
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Picked up a menu in my building lobby yesterday.  Has anyone tried the food?  Menu has Chinese and sushi items in addition to Tibetan/Nepalese--the "pan-Asian menu, that is always a red flag for me on quality.
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Restaurants & Food / Re: AB Winery opening a tapas bar
« Last post by dssjh on Yesterday at 08:25:03 PM »
6 AM wine bar is good news for insomniacs! ;)
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Bioswales in JH
« Last post by artfldodger on Yesterday at 08:17:26 PM »
Looks like they have just about finished one on 90th Street just north of Roosevelt.  They literally poured a truck load if gravel in there and topped it with dirt. Can't wait to see it planted.
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Restaurants & Food / Re: AB Winery opening a tapas bar
« Last post by Stew on Yesterday at 08:09:23 PM »
Really looking forward to their opening. Great news for Jackson Heights/East Elmhurst.
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Restaurants & Food / Re: A Question about Open Table
« Last post by Stew on Yesterday at 08:00:15 PM »
Thanks wallaby, lalochezia and Minimal4Me.

I had a demo today of an on-line reservation system that is proven, robust and stable, and that has none of the issues associated with Open Table and Seat Me. We're likely to go with it.

I agree with every single word of your comments on restaurant web sites.

Stew

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Restaurants & Food / Re: AB Winery opening a tapas bar
« Last post by Shelby2 on Yesterday at 07:27:38 PM »
WINE BAR!!!!

I should change the thread title to WINE BAR !!!  ;)
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Forest Hills Barnes & Noble closing
« Last post by CaptainFlannel on Yesterday at 07:09:19 PM »
read the NYT article about Amazon.  Here's the thing;  first, buying an electronic copy of a book does not involve any employee, since downloading the book itself would not impact any of the people that work in Amazon's warehouses;  second, I know people who work for Amazon who have told me that the article does not describe what they have actually witnessed, and that they think it focuses on a great minority of employees.  I tend to believe the people that I personally know.  Having said that, if anyone is treated that way, the expose is worthwhile and will certainly lead to changes at Amazon.

Just keep in mind Amazon today is to publishers what B&N was 20 years ago. If you actually love books, buy them from an indie, not Amazon.
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