In 2002, I graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and moved to Brooklyn, where I found myself pining for a community of enthusiastic writers and readers. I placed an ad on Craigslist, and the very first group of Sackett Street writers climbed the three floors to my brownstone apartment kitchen.
They were hard-working writers and passionate readers, but they were also accountants and copywriters and stay-at-home-parents and industrial engineers. As I filled class after class (many with returning students who still participate today), I realized that great writers were everywhere—not just at MFA programs and literary conferences.
Word spread that Sackett Street was a salon-like workshop with small classes, an intimate environment, dedicated instructors and motivated students. 13 years later, over 3,000 writers have studied with us. 520 have gone on to more than 78 MFA in Creative Writing programs, and alumni have published more than 81 books at big houses and independent presses.
Read more about our alumni here.
New York City is full of great writers. Come join them at Sackett Street.