Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Graphic Design - End of Year Sale!

Walk confidently into 2012 with a professionally-designed one-sheet, rate card and postcard mailer to promote your art, band, songs or book.

Boutique PR agency is offering a packaged deal on digital collateral for aspiring and mid-career singers, musicians, bands, authors and other creative professionals.

Offer is not transferable and must include all three components to receive end of the year sale.

The first fifteen respondents with paid deposit will be eligible to receive offer. Package comes with maximum of two changes.  

Offer expires on or by January 14th, 2012.

Contact us soon!

Monday, November 28, 2011

New Production Company - 2012

Seeking writers (script, TV, commercial/video, and documentary), filmmakers, photographers, videographers, creative (make-up, hair, wardrobe), technical (lighting, sound), composers, administrative/interns, production assistants, financial wizards, grant writers, and location scouts to form a new production company to script, workshop, and produce direct-to-DVD projects for resume builders, reels and distribution.

Seeking actors who want or need experience with cold readings and scenes for reels. Interested in meeting people with access to locations (residential and commercial), props and transportation.

Culinary wizards, coffee shop and restaurant owners, don't hesitate to contact us -- we'll need a place to greet, meet and eat. New or mid-career catering companies are also welcome to send a note.

Please send cover letter, letter of introduction, resumes, headshots (actors, stunt people) and current projects you're working on to production company 2012.

This is not an offer of employment. We're looking to form a collaborative company to work on group projects.

Thanks in advance for your interest!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Administrative & Clerical Assistant

Creative organization that produces music, arts and cultural events seeks a P/T administrative and clerical assistant.

As an administrative and clerical assistant you will have hands-on experience writing, submitting and following up on project proposals. We offer great opportunities for learning and experience that will give the  successful candidate a major advantage in their career.

Among the must-haves: great writing skills, an interest in music, literature, publishing, community outreach, outstanding organizational skills, an interactive people personality, and--most importantly-- the desire to (and an understanding of what it means to) work as an integral part of a creative organization.

The ideal applicant has a minimum of 7 hours, maximum of 10, weekly to assist producers and creative director electronically (Skype, etc) and over the phone.

Application Instructions: Please send as attachments, not in the body of an e-mail, a brief cover letter detailing why you'd be interested in working as an administrative and clerical assistant, a business writing sample, and a formatted resume: Admin & Clerical Assistant.

A background or ongoing education in English Literature, Creative Writing, or Communications is required.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Workshop Application Deadline Extended

Morningside Writers Group offers flexible and affordable three-month workshop sessions for writers of literary fiction, mass market fiction, speculative/horror/fantasy genre fiction, creative nonfiction/memoir, stage/screen/TV.

Writers interested in our fiction workshop, apply here.

Writers interested in our teen writing workshop, apply here.

Writers interested in our creative nonfiction/memoir workshop, apply here.

Writers interested in our screenwriting/playwriting/TV pilot workshop, apply here.

Morningside Writers, a culturally diverse group based in Manhattan, focuses on improving craft, professional branding and marketing. The Morningside Method™ develops artists who secure agents, build publishing careers as working writers who understand the creative, business and legal components in one of three genres.
Morningside Writers Group is listed among other regional writing groups, writing centers, and workshops which offers alternatives to a full time MFA degree program in the April 2009 Cover Story in the Writer Magazine, The L Magazine, and most recently in Time Out New York.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fall 2011 Workshop Assistants

Morningside Writers Group seeks one or two P/T (preferably Harlem/Upper West Side-based) interns for administrative, workshop, website tasks and branding.

As an intern you will have hands-on experience writing proposals. We offer great opportunities for learning and experience that will give successful candidates a major advantage in their careers. In exchange, we expect the best from you.

Among the must-haves: great writing skills, an interest in literature, publishing, community outreach, outstanding organizational skills, an interactive people personality, and--most importantly--the desire to (and an understanding of what it means to) work as an integral part of a creative community.

The ideal applicant  has a minimum of 7 hours, maximum of 10, weekly to assist founder and creative director electronically (Skype,etc) and over the phone. Tasks will include research, fund-raising, grant-writing, community development, workshop scheduling, bookkeeping, Xeroxing, writing and responding to e-mail inquiries and administrative needs as they arise.

We are offering writing mentoring or editing (fiction, memoir, screenwriting, or spec fiction/sci-fi) and college credit, but there is an opportunity to earn commissions for ad sales/placement, and flat fees for successful pitches and proposals.

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, and why you'd be interested in working as an intern to MWG Assistant. A background or ongoing education in English Literature, Creative Writing, or Communications is required.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Seeking Personal Trainer Barter

Seeking an experienced, mature, professional in-home personal trainer for thrice-weekly early to mid-morning workouts.

Interested in someone who needs a publicist, marketing, promotion, or branding assistance in exchange for intense personal training sessions of equal value. I am not horribly out of shape, so I imagine my transformation should not take more than three to five months.

Ideally looking for one personal trainer, but will consider two, on the UWS/Harlem/Morningside Heights. Open to female or male trainer. I work from home in Lower Harlem.

Please send brief biography, contact information, mobile gym equipment, and weekday morning or early afternoon, social media profile, and link to your personal trainer website availability for a response.

Serious replies only. Thanks in advance for consideration.I'm ready to work out and hope that you are healthy and ready to train.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Urban Teen Writing Workshop

Morningside Teen Writing Workshop is a twelve-week intensive workshop for writers in two age groups twelve to fifteen and sixteen to nineteen. The writers in the group are taught the elements of fiction writing. The main purpose of the group is to provide necessary feedback to other writers prior to submitting to agents and producers following a tested and proven format. We also address anti-bullying and coping with various school and community challenges.

Workshop Feedback.
We all need someone outside the world we've created to look at our work and be sure others will see on the page what resides in our hearts, rattles around in our heads and at times paralyzes us from moving forward.

Workshop Revision.
All writers must revise in order to streamline their storytelling techniques and tell the best possible story. This workshop will provide support as well as the discipline necessary to finish your work. We all want a do-over on any given day of our lives. It does get better. It will get better. You are not defined by your past mistakes. You will not be defined by who you are. Readers can learn from your experiences through your writing.

Community Support.
Publishers are distributing creative works in different formats, and we're on the forefront of this shift in the publishing world's idea of distribution and branding. We're a community of fellow writers, editors and publishing professionals who have traveled a similar journey just outside the expected norm. Join us and share your voice with the world.

Monday, May 09, 2011

12-week Memoir Intensive Workshop

Everyone has a story tell. Do you have the skills and support network to bring yours to print? Creative Nonfiction makes you face the truth about yourself, your family and friends.

We are available to help you on your journey in Creating Memoir That’s Bigger Than Me, Me, Me 

We know the difference between Memoir and Autobiography, and help you navigate the sometimes rocky terrain of crafting poignant memoirs and essays.

We have seats available for Personal Essayists, Journalists, and Memoirists in our twelve-week Memoir Workshop. We will help you move beyond the me, me, me of most memoirs and create poignant essays, editorials, and memoir chapters.

We use the glass booth method in roundtable format to discuss works in progress and completed works prior to submitting to contests, magazines and agents.

Do you have the courage and emotional distance to write through you fears? What if your family and friends opt not to read or accept your personal truths, would you persist and write it?

If so, we have a seat for you: Memoir Workshop.

Morningside Writers Group is listed among other regional writing groups, writing centers, and workshops which offers alternatives to a full-time MFA degree program in the April 2009 Cover Story in the Writer Magazine, The L Magazine, and most recently in Time Out New York.

Morningside Workshops focus on learning and improving craft with a healthy dose of professional branding and marketing. The gradual result of The Morningside Method ™ is a well-rounded writer who might pursue an MFA, find an agent and build a career as a published writer, produced playwright, optioned screenwriter or working television writer who understands the creative, business and legal components of their career.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Need Affordable Editing?

Are you a busy professional, overbooked parent or creative writer in need of professional copywriting, copyediting or business documents?

Professional writer/editor and writing instructor is available to help you transcribe your musings, transform your rough drafts into polished copy and alleviate stress associated with writing.

No project is too small or too large.

Cover letters, resumes, website copy, keyword research, SEO/SEM copywriting, form letters to creditors, schools, contests, business correspondence, fiction editing, screenplay coverage, personal essays and Word templates.

Contact me for an estimate, one-page sample edit and testimonials: Creative Language Services.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Conference Room for Writing Workshops

Creative Writing Workshop seeks a private conference room in Midtown West, on the Upper West Side, or in Harlem/Morningside Heights for a series of Screenwriting, Fiction, and Memoir workshops and seminars.

We are a seven year-old successful writing workshop with past and current published writers and working editors.

Offering the key holder or business owner a private, one-on-one writing for uninterrupted access to a conference room for our three-month (12-weeks) workshops throughout the year: January - March, May - July, and September-November.

Our workshops are evenings only: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. We don't want or need incoming or outgoing phone calls, Xerox, or facsimile.

We do however need a private space with access to a toilet. We're a responsible and mature group of writers looking for a new place to call home for the foreseeable future.

If interested, please respond with details about your location, and attach photos. We've a barter agreement ready for a serious offer. Please don't hesitate to contact us soon: info@morningsidewriters.com

Friday, March 25, 2011

Junior Talent Booking|Event Planning Agents

Seeking Junior Booking Agent & Junior Event Planning Agents for a new division in a grassroots PR|Marketing|Booking Agency.

The ideal agent is able to work with minimal supervision, comfortable making cold calls, marketing and sales, and speaks and writes business English. Bilingual English|Spanish is a bonus.

Must have wireless-enabled laptop and cell phone. Should be familiar with performance spaces, festivals, and media|entertainment industry in the tri-state area (and eventual national venues), or a fast learner|great researcher.

Send cover letter with availability, resume, and at least one business writing sample with subject heading: Junior Talent/Event Agent. Opportunity to earn commissions and work with emerging artists, small business owners, and community organizers.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Package Less - A Review

Package Less was a conceptualized dance performance based on Self Help, Inc., choreographed by Martha Williams of The Movement Movement, an emerging New York-based company established in 2005.

Dance unites all types and kinds of patrons – young and old, black, white, uptown Manhattan, downtown artists, and with a few tourists on holiday thrown into the mix. New York is a cultural destination after all.

I first noticed the sparsely decorated stage at The Joyce in SoHo, and wondered what might be on the bill as I pored over the program and looked around at the expectant faces in the intimate theater. There was a sense of anticipation as I scanned downstage right, at a TV and an antique chair. Multi-hued sofas occupied center stage, and upstage left a single chair pulled my attention away from three hand-painted curtains with leaves at the rear of the stage that brought to mind a forest. A collective quiet crept into the theater as a New York nightlife soundtrack hummed just outside the front door.

A dimly lit stage revealed a solo performer seated in a chair as haunting piano music slowly rose and filled the theater. A delicate hand appeared from one of the sofas, as if beckoning the audience to participate in the upcoming performance. I thought of Waiting for Godot as the actor sat with his back to the audience and adjusted what I might have come to expect from having read the playbill.

The succeeding images and sounds of an arguing couple and the actor pushing his chair backwards competed for my attention. Where should I focus? If I follow the couple, will I miss something that the actor in the vest does as he narrates the unfolding tale?

Industrial music signaled the next scene change as yet another body materialized from behind the sofa. The dancers were raw and physical, seemingly at ease with their subject matter, each flick of the wrist, gyrating hip, and extension cementing the story of human nature and surviving in a hostile world.

“Get off of me!” rang from the sofa.

Is this a tale of a fractured, discontented or dysfunctional family? Are we peering beyond the fourth wall of an unhappy man and his mistress? What am I to make of the male dancer dressing on stage? What does it mean in the realm of self-help?

I didn’t know what to make of the slightly inaudible narration that seemed disconnected from the intended story the dancers were enacting. Where should my frame reference be as the sofas are moved about the stage? Am I in suburbia watching an adulterous affair and its painful consequences take place? Does the wife know and willingly accept?

Acoustic/electric guitar music transported the narrator to the corner TV, however the narration wasn’t loud enough, and perhaps would’ve been better if delivered via the speakers with the music lowered.

I searched for understanding in the hour-long performance that was meant to explore a woman’s sexuality and identity. Perhaps what appeared to be an affair was just that, and the choreography was spot on. 

The domesticity of the sofas, chair and TV were to have located the audience in a sacred place and time, that of a home where all is revealed, without the crutch of masks many of us rely on to make it through the day.

I wanted to be drawn into this performance, if nothing more than to experience experimental dance and theater in one. I applaud dancers who give themselves over to choreography without question, especially when furniture is used as performance accompaniments. Art is subjective. Ethnic dance usually tells a story, be it West African dancers that defy gravity, Asian or East Indian footwork and hands that are alternately fast and slow.

Package Less is the choreographer’s interpretation of a nonfiction book, several ideologies, and thoughts which, to this viewer, didn’t coalesce.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Script Coverage & Fiction Editing

No matter how strong your writing may already be, all writing can be improved through proper and effective editing. A great editor will make the difference between material that is compelling or forgettable.

We offer expert editorial services by an experienced team of editors that includes professional writers, college professors, public relations practitioners and former journalists. Our editing experience comprises short stories, novels, college research papers, Ph.D. dissertations, newspaper and magazine articles and features, résumés and cover letters, and business marketing and promotional materials.

We work with you to improve the content, style, tone, grammar, syntax and structure of your writing and written materials while maintaining the particularities of your own voice.

Our services include: 

 

Manuscript Feedback: We provide professional analysis and evaluation of all aspects of your short story, novel, screenplay, or TV pilot or memoir with constructive recommendations for improvement. Our word-by-word proofreading and editing will enhance the content, structure and clarity of your written materials. A member of our team will work closely with you until grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation meet current professional standards.

We offer three levels of per-page feedback: first-level copyediting, developmental editing and substantive editing.

Copyeditors are not proofreaders. Although many copy-editors are good proofreaders, and all copy-editors are expected to catch typographical errors, copyediting and proofreading are two different functions.

Copyeditors work on an author's manuscript and are concerned with imposing mechanical consistency; correcting infelicities of grammar, usage, and diction; and querying internal inconsistencies of fact or tone. Proofreaders, in contrast, are charged with correcting errors introduced during the typesetting, formatting, or file conversion of the final document and with identifying any serious errors that were not caught during copyediting.

Our team approach ensures that you will be assigned an editor who understands your specific writing needs and has experience critiquing and editing similar work professionally. It also means we can offer you competitive rates for our services and a rapid turn-around on your writing assignments.

Contact us to begin your project, or for an estimate: Morningside Editorial Services bluepencil@morningsidewriters.com. 

Workshops for Publishing Success!™

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Resurrect Your Abandoned Novel Workshop

Resurrect your abandoned novel or short story collection from the bottom of your bureau drawers or from being used as a doorstop.

The reasons are unique and universal, but they exist all the same. We are committed to helping you revitalize your forgotten prose into a polished and marketable book, but we won't stop there.

We are looking for serious, reliable, and disciplined short story or novel writers with a body of work. We are seeking writers with a firm foundation of The Elements of Fiction Writing, versed in workshop dynamics, and able to give and receive constructive feedback.

We meet weekly on Thursday evenings, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., in Midtown Manhattan. Each workshop is limited to six writers because it seems to be the best way to ensure that each member’s work gets the attention it deserves.

We use a glass booth format which allows for uninterrupted feedback during the workshop. It also forces everyone to listen to each other and streamline the feedback offered. Our goal is publication. 

Morningside Workshops focus on learning and improving craft with a healthy dose of professional branding and marketing. The gradual result of The Morningside Method ™ is a well-rounded writer who might pursue an MFA, find an agent and build a career as a published writer, produced playwright, optioned screenwriter or working television writer who understands the creative, business and legal components of their career.

Morningside Writers Group is listed among other regional writing groups, writing centers, and workshops which offers alternatives to a full-time MFA degree program in the April 2009 Cover Story in the Writer Magazine, The L Magazine, and most recently in Time Out New York.

Interested writers visit the application link here: Resurrect Your Abandoned Novel

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

English/Spanish Intercambio Group in Harlem

Interested in forming a small group (4-6 people) of native English and native Spanish speakers who need to improve their intermediate to advanced written and spoken language skills in the opposite language. 

This isn't a group for beginners. Participants must have at least intermediate writing and conversation skills, and able to meet at least once a week in the evening for approximately two hours. Weekend availability is also optional.

There are two core members currently -- a native (male) English speaker and a native (male) Spanish speaker.

We're looking for participants experienced in grammar, writing, and pronunciation.

Send a brief note with interest and availability to meet throughout the winter and spring. We're only interested and available to meet on the Upper West Side/Harlem.

Please only respond if serious and prepared to meet for an initial face to face orientation and skills assessment within seven days of communication.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

New Year, New You : Accent Reduction

Imagine conversing with native and international English speakers and being understood . . . 

Imagine speaking with confidence at work, school, or during a job interview . . .

What does that feel like? 

Dynamic Voices Workshops ™ include Conversation Skills, Role Playing, Improvisational Skills, Vocabulary Building, and Accent Reduction.

Your motivation and determination will increase as your accent and insecurity decrease.

Upon completion of your customized Dynamic Voices Workshop, you will be more confident in a variety of situations: on the phone, face-to-face interactions, and in written communications.

Students bring a notebook or digital cassette recorder to take notes and chart progress. Serious students work once a week, for one hour, over the course of six months to one year. 

Weekly workshops focus on your spoken and written English. 

Priced separately, the complete package would cost $100/hour, but if you act fast and book on either of the two available days, the cost for in-house sessions would be $35/hour ($45/hour for house calls).

You can Reduce Your Accent within six months, and Accent Elimination within two years! Contact me to schedule a preliminary audit session or book your first ten-block workshop!

Contact Dynamic Voices for additional information, rates, and to book an audit session