Writers’ Workshop

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Writers’ Workshop was created in 1994 by award-winning author Ian Frazier out of the recognition that people eating at the soup kitchen have a hunger beyond a hot meal.

current Writers' Workshop teachers

Pete “Sugar” Tobey and Steve Turtell (l-r), current Writers’ Workshop teachers

The isolation many guests experience because of hunger and homelessness is one of the many struggles faced daily. Taught by professional writers, the Writers’ Workshop gives these individuals power to give voice to their lives. The poetry and prose created express the uniqueness of each participant’s creativity and experience.

Now running for more than two decades, the Writers’ Workshop has had hundreds of guests participate. For many students, this is the first time they have accessed their creativity and for some this has proven to be a sustaining force to drive them forward through difficult times. For a few, this has resulted in success as published writers and workshop participants have had works published in the OP-ED section of The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, and The Forward. For all, the community and friendship they have found as part of the workshop has given them a sense of belonging and a new found confidence in themselves.

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