What are the Cooper Street Writing Workshops?
Cooper Street began as a workshop series for our neighbors in the Camden, South Jersey, and Philadelphia communities. In the current climate, they are for everyone, near and far to our historic home on Cooper Street, though we encourage proposals that have local interest. Workshops range from meeting on a one-time basis, lasting anywhere from 3-5 hours, to multiple meetings over the course of several weeks. In Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, all workshops were offered virtually. In Fall 2021 and 2022, we offered a mixture of in-person, hybrid, and virtual workshops. In Spring 2024, we plan to continue this multiplicity of programming, responding accordingly as pandemic conditions evolve. Our instructors are compensated.
What are we looking for in a workshop proposal?
The most successful workshops have a clear topic or focus, provide beginning or intermediate writers with tools to improve their writing, introduce additional resources that participants can pursue on their own, and allow participants to walk away with something they’ve created or begun to create. Great workshops meet participants where they are, appealing to and engaging with writers at all experience levels. We rely on instructors to help publicize their workshops, so strong connections to a community are a plus.