Past Events

Friday February 28, 2014

Victrola-CWWReadingThe Cambridge Writers’ Workshop presents “A Night at the Victrola,” an AWP 2014 Reading, featuring the talents of Peter Mountford, Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Pattabi Seshadri, Nancy Jooyoun Kim, Kevin Skiena, Jessica Day, Anca Szilágyi, Talia Shalev, Carrie Kahler, Dena Rash Guzman, Leah Umansky, Susan Parr, & Johnny Horton at Victrola Cofee & Art in Seattle, WA.  Join us as we celebrate some of Seattle, New York, & Boston’s best writers, and graduates from the University of Washington MFA program.

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November 23 & 24, 2013

tumblr_mveyk4T1ZD1ris3y8o1_500Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Elissa Lewis, and Jonah Kruvant will be teaching at the Cambridge Writer’s Workshop Pre-Thanksgiving Creative Writing & Yoga Cleanse on at the Ashtanga Yoga Studio Manhattan’s East Village.  The creative writing & yoga weekend will take place on Saturday November 23 and Sunday November 24 from 2-4pm at the Ashtanga Yoga Shala (295 E 8th Street & Avenue B, New York, NY 1009).  Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, and Jonah Kruvant will teach on playing with odradeks, developing creative writing manifestos, and will feature a variety of in-class writing exercises while Elissa Lewis will teach two hours of intensive introductory and advanced yoga to participants. So before reuniting with family and letting the holidays get underway, treat yourself to a weekend of creativity, yoga, writing, and raw juice cleanses, and transform your mind, body, and page! Registration is now open at: cww.submittable.com

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July 24 – August 7, 2013

thumb_verderonneCome join us for our second annual writing retreat in France. This year, we will stay at the Château de Verderonne (45 min from Paris), in a lovely and spacious 17th century manor house.  A French chef will prepare all of our meals on site, and we will dine together in the large kitchen or on the terrace. Enjoy walks through the château at your leisure, take refuge writing in the drawing rooms, or relax in the sprawling gardens.  The ancient discipline of yoga directly benefits the creative process. Yoga heals and strengthens posture and chronic tensions common to writers, making writing time more productive. Calm the nervous system through meditation and breathing exercises.  Writers & Co-Directors of Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Diana Norma Szokolyai and Rita Banerjee will be your guides and help you create the space you need to nurture your writing projects. Certified yoga instructor/visual artist Elissa Lewis will guide participants in daily yoga and meditation exercises.

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June 16, 2013

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Join the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop & Armchair/Shotgun this Sunday June 16 for our radio-play Roy Rogers: The Missing Atomic Scientist @61Local #Brooklyn!!

 

 

 

 

 

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June 9 – July 14, 2013

translation_course_web Translation, often a matter of taste, involves factors such as accuracy to the original word and translation of an author’s, even a text’s, style. The cultural literacy needed to understand and translate a joke or a folk saying makes translation a more complex task than plugging words into a translator. In this course students will delve into the art of translation by comparing and contrasting two different versions of five classic works and using translation to inspire and motivate new craft techniques and writing practices within their own work.

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May 18, 2013

tumblr_mmzw8ceMze1ris3y8o1_1280Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up to the most end-defying literary event of the decade. Ringleaders Max March-Steinman and Diana Norma Szokolyai host a night of high-flying writing acrobatics drawing from literary treasure boxes of prompts, dialogue, and other surprises. See the incredible syllable juggling poet, whose tongue spits out sounds so quickly that they fly beyond the walls of the tent. Witness the amazing paragraph masquerade; you don’t know which character from which century will make the next appearance. Gasp at the sideshow of special guest story contortionists like the famed Gregory Crosby and more!  This event is interactive and volunteer readers/performers will be called up for interludes of poetry, rants, and character sketches about the circus throughout the ages.

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April 13 & 27, May 11 & 25, June 8 & 22, 2013

thumb_salonCome enjoy a cup of tea, some fine vegan cuisine, and literary talk. Meet other writers and people from the publishing & editing world. Discussion topics, writing prompts, literary games, and suggested reading lists will be provided by the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop facilitator. Participants will also be encouraged to share resources and writing with each other. Special guests will share their expertise from various sectors of the writing/publishing field. The salon is meant to be discussion-driven and is not meant to be ‘taught’ in the traditional sense. Participants in the literary salon will be encouraged to share their views, engage in lively debates, and contribute their own ideas on topics.

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March 17 – May 26, 2013

fiction_course_webCreating and developing a character, no matter how autobiographical, is difficult. Though writing down one’s experience may seem easier, in the end a writer has to look closely and objectively at her character. A writer has to treat a character as an “other,” although there may be pieces of the writer in each character. This class will introduce various aspects of character development. Students will use contrasting environments and unfamiliar situations, as well as “other” voices and perspectives to understand the deep desires and fears of their characters. Any of the exercises may develop into a longer, well-developed story for the latter half of the class. Alongside workshopping each participant’s stories, we will read and discuss the work of well-known writers, developing and using our descriptive commentary skills for constructive critique and using the class community to give each participant vital feedback about her work.

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March 9, 2013

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Featuring Diana Norma Szokolyai, Rita Banerjee, & Dennis Shafer

Judson Evans and the Garden hosts the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop & Chagall Performance Arts Collaborative for an evening of poetry reading with interdisciplinary performance of poetry, music, and movement.  Poetry performance intertwined with the live composing art of Soundpainting will feature poets Diana Norma Szokolyai and Rita Banerjee (CWW directors), and Soundpainter Dennis Shafer as well as Boston Conservatory students.

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March 8, 2013

thumb_8march Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Off-site AWP Reading

Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Off-site AWP Reading featuring writers Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Gregory Crosby, Leah Umansky, Ian Singleton, Pattabi Seshadri, Jane Chakravarty, Arto Vaun, & more!

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March 7, 2013

thumb_revivalRevival of the Literary Salon with the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Panel
AWP 2013 Conference 9 am, Hynes Convention Center Room 202, Boston

How do writers create viable writing communities outside of the MFA paradigm? We will explore how the revival of salon culture has created new spaces for literary communities and debates. Having opened its Brooklyn studio in 2011, the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop holds writing workshops, literary cabarets, residencies, and retreats abroad. Panelists will discuss how new local and international literary salons help create viable communities of artists and push the conversation of cutting edge art.

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August 22-31, 2012

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The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop hosted a 10-day writing and eco-living retreat at Château de Sacy in Picardy, France from August 22-31, 2012. The retreat featured craft of writing seminars, intensive writing sessions, daily workshop classes, three organic meals/day and lodging at the chateau as well as trips to Paris, Versailles, and the French countryside.

 

 

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May 19, 2012

thumb_19052012On May 19, 2012, the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop hosted a Literary Cabaret at the inaugural Brooklyn Lit Crawl. The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Literary Cabaret took place at 6 pm at Ceol Bar in Brooklyn and featured performances and readings by writers Diana Norma Szokolyai, Rita Banerjee, Gregory Crosby, and Leah Umansky. Audience members were also joined in the dramatic performances! The CWW Literary Cabaret received some wonderful press and was written about in Time Out New York, the PEN American Center, the Village Voice, and the NY Daily News!

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April 21, 2012

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On April 21, 2012, the CWW held a literary salon conversation at the 2012 Mass Poetry Festival in Salem, MA. The panel entitled On Writing and Craft with the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop took place Saturday April 21 from 2:45-3:45 at the Salem Community Charter School, Room 4, and featured writers Diana Norma Szokolyai, Rita Banerjee, Kathleen Spivack, Arto Vaun, Samantha Milowsky, and Gregory Crosby.

 

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March 3, 2012

awpreadingfinalOn March 3, 2012, the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop hosted an off-site reading at AWP in Chicago, IL. The AWP Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Reading included writers Rita Banerjee, Pattabi Seshadri, Jessica Piazza, Brandon Krieg, Rebecca Lindenberg, Marc McKee, Tara Skurtu, Derek JG Williams, Colleen O’Brien, and Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein.