The prestigious, Pasadena-based Arts Center College of Design offers us New Yorkers nine night classes, at venues around the city. Get serious about entertainment, industrial, and good old graphic design; ampersand fanatics—I know you're out there—should try their hand at the "Typography Workshop." If the name "Massimo Vignelli" means something to you, check out atnight. —Hans de Krap


Commited to serving "writers of all ages, backgrounds and levels," the Writer's Voice at the West Side YMCA offers workshops in various genres. Classes start September 25 and cost $340. Some workshops are more competitive than others, but all promise a "serious writing critique." Call 875-4124 for more information.

Like Gotham Book Mart and Cedar Tavern, the 92nd Street Y echoes with the footsteps of literary giants. The Y's Unterberg Center for Poetry offers fiction, nonfiction, and poetry workshops starting in late September. Cost: $230 to $260. Submissions are required for most classes. Call 415-5754 or visit for more information. There will be a September 6 open house.

For the virtually inclined or geographically challenged, there are hundreds of online classes available. Among the more promising: and the intriguingly named Ringer's Secret School of Writing. offers eight-week ($190) and 10-week ($240) workshops. If working on your own is more your style, try the eight assignments offered by Mr. Ringer—for a mere $65. Check these two out at and —Kristen Case

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