Sackett Street Writers


I founded Sackett Street in 2002, and what began as eight writers meeting in the cramped kitchen of a Brooklyn brownstone has developed into a creative home for over 5,000 short-story writers, novelists, memoirists and essayists.

After graduating from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaching creative writing at multiple universities, I found myself looking for a community of writers outside academia. Weary of overcrowded New York City writing workshops, and disappointed by the lack of emphasis on craft in university creative writing classes, I placed an ad on Craigslist, accepted eight writers and The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop was born.

Each week, huddled around my small kitchen table, the writers discussed not only what makes fiction engaging, but how to incorporate these successes into their own work. As word of the workshop quickly spread, more writers applied and I assembled a faculty of instructors with an equal passion for teaching.

Sackett Street instructors are professional writers, teachers and editors, who have earned MFA degrees from prestigious writing programs and have taught at major universities. Just like that first workshop in my kitchen, all Sackett Street workshops are taught in the comfort of instructor’s homes and are limited to eight writers to insure individual attention.

Today, Sackett Street writers live in all boroughs of New York City and more than half return to the workshops for multiple sessions. Alumni have been accepted at top MFA Creative Writing programs and writing conferences, have won fellowships and awards, and have completed and published short fiction collections, novels, and memoirs.

Sackett Street in the News

Bookstalker: An Interview with Julia Fierro, founder & director of The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop by Julia Bartz of BookStalker

Sackett Street, A Kinder, Gentler Writers’ Workshop by Orli Van Mourik, in BrooklynBased,January 2013

A Backward Glance at the Brooklyn Renaissance by Michael Bourne, inThe Millions, November 2012

Why Brooklyn is a Mecca for Writers by Aaron Hicklin in The Observer, July 2012

A Vertically Integrated Factory for Literature by Michael Bourne in The Economist, June 2012

Poets & Writers Magazine MFA Issue, September/October 2011 Sackett Street chosen as a top alternative to MFA Programs

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