Writing Workshop

Stuyvesant Writing Workshop is geared towards the working professional who has always wanted to write, but never seems to have the time; the storyteller searching for a voice; the writer who would love an opportunity to form community outside the coffee shop.

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What Will You
Learn and Achieve

Since the inception of Stuyvesant Writing Workshop, many participants have gone on to thrive as successful writers. For example, at least five alums of the Workshop are currently or have completed MFA programs at prestigious institutions including: Iowa Writers Workshop, Tulane, and others. Other alums were accepted into renowned workshops and residencies including: Hurston/Wright Writers Workshop, Kimbilio, VONA, Tin House, and Lambda Literary Writers Workshop. Many alums were able to leverage the constructive critiques they received in the Stuyvesant Writing Workshop to improve their works for publication in major literary journals including: Kweli, Midnight & Indigo's Literary Journal, and New York Magazine. Many of the SWW alums have been shortlisted or won various literary prizes such as Hurston-Wright College Awards, Notes From Lusaka Short Story Prize, The Caribbean Writer, Writer’s Digest Annual Short Story Competition, Global Contest, among others. Several SWW alums have acquired literary agents and landed book deals with top publishers. One SWW alum has landed an HBO Max series of a story previously workshopped in our sessions. It is obvious that Stuyvesant Writing Workshop attracts various writers from different backgrounds who establish a community that continues to encourage them.
The Stuyvesant Writing Workshop offers:

  • A Safe space to share your work
  • An opportunity to get your work critiqued by other serious writers
  • Hone your craft
  • Personalized instructions to meet your writing goals
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About Nicole Dennis-Benn

In addition to being a two time Lambda Literary Award Winner for her novels PATSY and HERE COMES THE SUN, Dennis-Benn is a recipient of the National Foundation for the Arts Grant. She was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize; and has recently been long-listed for The Pen/Faulkner Award in Fiction and short-listed for the Aspen Words Literary Prize.

Novel's by Nicole Dennis-Benn


HERE COMES THE SUN (Norton/Liveright, July 2016), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a 2017 Lambda Literary Award winner.


Bestselling sophomore novel, PATSY (Norton/Liveright, June 2019), is a 2020 Lambda Literary Award winner, a New York Times Editors' Choice, a Financial Times Critics Choice, a Stonewall Book Awards Honor Book, and a Today Show Read With Jenna Book Club selection.

What People Are Saying About
Stuyvesant Writing Workshop

Arlene Q.Workshop participant

My take on the earlier workshops: They were excellent. Nicole created a safe place for writers to hone their craft. She was always professional and prepared, distributing in advance handouts of writing materials to be covered in the workshop. I particularly liked her writing prompts. Participating in the workshop helped me to improve my writing skills.

Andrea G.Workshop participant

The close reading and discussion of how an author uses craft in telling a story, revealing information and characterization are what I enjoyed the most. Our discussions were informative and transformational. This part of the workshop for me, married the theoretical with the practical.

Christie A.Workshop participant

The "environment" of the workshops felt like a safe space for all present. Critiquing was particularly helpful as guidelines were given at the beginning of the workshop. Plus, I learned to appreciate spontaneously responding to prompts....and then reading aloud; something I dreaded prior to participating. I've used several of my prompt responses from workshops in my writing and I use the practice just for myself to get me going sometimes. These workshops took me to another level in my writing!

First Come First Serve Basis

In response to the global demand for Stuyvesant Writing Workshop, we have gone virtual! The 4-week online Workshop, taught by Nicole Dennis-Benn, meets on Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm. The Workshop is capped at 6-8 people and registration is on a first come first served basis.
The next offering of the Workshop is TBD.

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