Aaron Zimmerman founded NY Writers Coalition Inc. (NYWC) a remarkable 15 years ago after attending the AWA training program in 2001.
Today, NYWC is one of the largest community-based creative writing programs in the world.
They partner with public and private institutions, social service agencies, and social justice organizations to provide unique, empowering ongoing weekly creative writing workshops throughout New York City. These workshops are particularly targeted toward underserved people, including youth, seniors, women, LGBT communities, people living with disabilities, people who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated, or others with specialized needs. Writers participate in NYWC’s readings and their work is published in NYWC’s high-quality publications.
Since launching in 2002, more than 12,000 NYWC workshop participants have been served in hundreds of New York City locations. Workshop members have been widely published, been accepted to prestigious high schools and universities, and have had work presented in Carnegie Hall, in the NY Times, on NPR, and in major venues across NYC.
Recently, NYWC has published two books, After An Eon by Andrew Heiskell Library’s James Peele and The Midnight Sun a publication written by VISIONS workshop. There is a reading to launch those books scheduled for Saturday, March 11th at 2 PM at Andrew Heiskell Library in Manhattan. They are also hosting two upcoming events to celebrate this milestone year, their 15th anniversary: one still a TBA surprise on Saturday, April 8th (sign up for their mailing list or follow them on social media for the announcement) and the other a party in Manhattan on Friday, May 19th at 7 PM.