May
4
Sat
Free Creative Writing Class for Kids: Writing Mom as a Character @ Queens Library Central
May 4 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Free Creative Writing Class for Kids: Writing Mom as a Character @ Queens Library Central | New York | United States

Attention Queens parents, teachers, and kids: free creative writing classes available again at Queens Library!

Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the writing of prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Library, is offering free creative writing classes for kids and teens.

The next class is Saturday, May 4th at 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Queens Library Central in Jamaica, located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd, for kids ages 8 through 12:

“Writing Mom as a Character”

Moms, grandmothers, aunts, and caregivers really deserve our thanks and love on Mother’s Day. Through reading and writing exercises, we will create characters based on the moms we know. We will build a storyline and each develop a short story for our special mom. The final product will help make the #BestMothersDayEver!

Jackie de Dios is an emerging Filipino American writer born and raised in Queens. Her work focuses on the Filipino American and the Queens experience.

This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

For more information, visit newtownliterary.org/writingclassesforkids.

Free Poetry Writing Class: The Busy Metaphor @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
May 4 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Free Poetry Writing Class: The Busy Metaphor @ Queens Library at Sunnyside | New York | United States

Attention Queens writers—both experienced and new-to-writing: free creative writing classes taught by the best in Queens!

Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Library, is offering free creative writing classes.

The next class will be led by Jared Harél on Saturday, May 4th from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Queens Library in Sunnyside at 43-06 Greenpoint Ave:

“The Busy Metaphor”

As writers, our job is to articulate the world around us. To find new, surprising, and more precise ways to describe what it means to be alive. Meaty, inventive metaphors are an essential part of this articulation. It is also part of what makes writing so fun! In this workshop, we will both analyze poems and generate new poems. We will seize upon the objects that fill our days and begin the process of putting them to work.

Jared Harél is the author of Go Because I Love You (Diode Editions, 2018) and The Body Double (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012).

This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

For more information, please visit newtownliterary.org/writingclasses.

May
19
Sun
Walking Queens: 30 Tours for Discovering the Diverse Communities @ Voelker Orth Museum
May 19 @ 2:00 pm
Walking Queens: 30 Tours for Discovering the Diverse Communities @ Voelker Orth Museum  | New York | United States

Time to get out and about! Meet Adrienne Onofri, the author of Walking Queens. Her book, published in 2014, has become the invaluable guide to our neighborhood treks and treasures.
Whether you’ve used the guide to explore Queens or are reading about it here for the first time, you’ll enjoy the insights and stories behind the publication. Join us for light refreshments following the talk to share your own experiences and impressions.