Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil (Thursdays, October 13 – November 10)

This five-week Creative Writing Workshop is designed for participants of all levels, ages and backgrounds. Participants will be asked to share one page of writing each week: fiction, nonfiction, a journal entry or poetry. Writing assignments will focus on practicing innate storytelling skills such as our senses, imagination, memory, emotions and intuition. We will ask essential questions about creative awareness, developing a personal language, targeting an audience, understanding point-of-view, building characters and, after writing a first draft, relishing the editing process.

Date/Time: Thursdays, October 13 – November 10, 2:30 – 4pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: Space is limited and registration is required. To register, email

Maureen McNeil is a writer, artist and activist based in Brooklyn and upstate New York. In 2021, she was a finalist for the Tiferet Fiction Prize, and won second place for the Barry Lopez Nonfiction Prize. Her stories, Wild Blueberries, and the first novel of a trilogy, Anna Magdalena, will be published in this fall. Her previous books include Red Hook Stories and Dear Red: The Lost Diary of Marilyn Monroe, A Work of Fiction. She lectures, designs and teaches writing workshops in partnership with arts and cultural organizations, such as Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, PEN America, Prison Public Memory Project, Yad Vashem, The Morgan Library, New York Public Schools, Woodstock Day School and the Hudson Area Library.