NYU-SCPS Offers Writers Winter Term Intensive: "The Craft of the Story"

NEW YORK, December 22, 2009 - “The Craft of the Story,” an intensive four-day program which teaches beginner and intermediate-level writers the fundamentals of storytelling as they focus on fiction writing, memoir writing, or screenwriting, will launch this winter at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS).

Offered through the Division of Liberal Studies and Allied Arts, “The Craft of the Story” features lectures on technique, writing exercises, and directed readings or screenings of relevant works.  Under the direction of a successful writer and teacher in their chosen area of concentration – fiction, memoir, or screenwriting – students will immerse themselves in writing, attending two 3-hour sessions a day. 

The program will also provide students with the opportunity to connect with faculty and with each other during special events such as the opening reception and a closing celebration with student readings. On the evening of Friday, January 15, special guest Mark Jude Poirier(novelist and screenwriter, Smart People) will read from his work and answer questions on the connections and commonalities between prose and film storytelling. On Saturday, January 16, program director Adam Sexton and film producer Maureen Ryan (Man on Wire) will offer a presentation on applying to graduate programs in writing.  


“The Craft of the Story” will be taught by scholars and practicing professionals who bring their insight and expertise to the classroom. Teaching this winter are: in Fiction Writing, Ann Napolitano, author, Within Arm’s Reach; in Memoir Writing, Melissa Febos, author, Whip Smart; and in Screenwriting, Jacob Krueger, screenwriter, The Matthew Sheppard Story.

“The Craft of the Story” (X32.9380) runs January 14-17, 2010. For more information, please visit www.scps.nyu.edu/winter or contact program director Adam Sexton at adam.sexton@nyu.edu.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.