Is it just us?

It's hard to collaborate right? 

What is hypergraphic writers workshop?

We are a workshop for young LGBTQ+ identified writers 21-40 years old. What we offer is a non-traditional workshop in the peer-to-peer style.

Here at Hypergraphic we are working to build a literary community of emerging queer talent by curating a diverse and well rounded group that melds well every session. It is our sincerest hope that this community continues to exist after the end of each iteration of the Workshop, and that each successive group builds and adds to the community of existing alumni and partners.

We are attempting to build a safe space. A space that allows those who identify under this great alphabet of the Queer acronym, to freely showcase their own work without bias and judgement. It is our goal to create new narratives, empower and celebrate the voices of our community, and to provide opportunity in as many ways, shapes and forms as we are able.

We are not writing coaches, we are not teachers. We, like you, are young writers in New York. Together we edit, give feedback and constructive criticism with the goal of encouraging you to do your best work, to assist in integrating yourself into the queer literary scene, and to write, write often, and to submit to as many opportunities as possible, while providing the tools to continue that mission after your time at the Workshop has come to an end.

Our age restrictions have been put in place to build a community of equals, and to elevate the voices and talents of those just starting out; peer to peer. At the crux of our mission is a commitment to affordability. We strive to keep costs down, which is why we charge only a small all-inclusive flat fee, and why we will never charge an application fee. Hypergraphic believes taking a chance should come at no cost. There’s nothing to lose in applying! Reach out to us.

What does Hypergraphic mean?

Hypergraphia is a behavioral condition characterized by the intense desire to write. It is also known as the Midnight Disease.We are by no means making light of a mental condition, but as writers sometimes the compulsion for the written word is intense and beyond our control. We have to write. We must write. It is as if the very act is intrinsic to our being. 

Hypergraphic hopes to connect with writers that eat and breathe the written word. We want to curate a group of writers who are motivated and excited to workshop together in order to better each other. Writing can be a solitary act. Lets break that solitude and get our work out there in the world. 

We request submissions in order cultivate a great group dynamic. Your piece is most important in the submission process.

Our hybrid workshop is comprised of both online and in-person workshop sessions. If selected you will be part of a vigorous 8 week program. We ask that you please make sure you can dedicate the time needed to fully engage in the workshop. It will be a lot of work and your voice matters! The more you put into it, the more you will get out of this experience so come prepared and be willing to engage!

Participants will produce one new work every week totaling 8 finished works. Each piece will receive feedback and constructive criticism either online or in person.

Online:  All work will be uploaded to a shared Google Drive prior to each meeting and everyone is expected to come to every session having read each piece and with notes and feedback in writing.

In Person Session: The session will include a short writing exercise or writing game to get warmed up. After the warm-up and announcements two scheduled participants will read their work aloud, we will then engage in providing feedback through discussion. This is not a traditional workshop format, we will be having a discussion where we and the workshopped writer collectively critique the piece with the goal of making it better.

Publishing: There will be an opportunity to publish work with HYPERGRAPHIC Press either online or in print (details to be announced in session) Aside from the regularly scheduled workshops there will be a public reading of our work also TBD.

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