Fall Workshop Series

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is pleased to host three adult workshops this fall, focusing on both creative fiction and non-fiction writing and an introduction to computers and technology for novices.

Computing Basics

Join Minerva Tantoco for a six week remote course on computing basics, focused on providing information for novices to personal computing. So much of our daily activities and access to resources depends on access to the internet, mobile apps, and technology.

This course will include topics such as:

  • Creating an email address, using G-suite
  • Using videoconferencing
  • Computer safety, spam and ransomware
  • Social media do's and don'ts
  • How to start a blog
  • Finding benefits and resources online

This remote workshop will be taught via Zoom. Students are expected to commit to attending the 6 weekly Zoom classes. Log-in details will be sent once accepted. If you do not have Zoom downloaded onto your device, we will show you how to download it. Technology support will be provided throughout the duration of the course.

The dates and times of the course are below. If you cannot attend one of these sessions, please let the instructor know ASAP to schedule a make-up class. Students cannot miss more than one session.

  • Monday, October 4
  • Monday October 18
  • Monday, October 25
  • Monday, November 1
  • Monday, November 8
  • Monday, November 15

To apply, please fill out and submit this form.

Memoir Writing

Join Henry Ferris, experienced book editor of over 35 years, for two remote workshop sessions on memoir-writing.

This remote writing workshop will be taught via Zoom, with the ability to loan technology to accepted students if needed.

Students are expected to commit to attending the 6 weekly Zoom classes. Log-in details will be sent once accepted. If you do not have Zoom downloaded onto your device, we will show you how to download it. Technology support will be provided throughout the duration of the course.

The dates and times of the course are below. If you cannot attend one of these sessions, please let the instructor know ASAP to schedule a make-up class. Students cannot miss more than one session.

  • Wednesday, October 13
  • Wednesday, October 27

To apply, please fill out and submit this form.

Short Fiction Writing

Join Horatio Potter for an eight-week, in-person fiction writing workshop to develop a cohesive and well-edited work of fiction. Students can expect to come to a fuller understanding of the following concepts by the end of the course:

o What is the overall structure of a compelling short story?
o Where do stories come from?
o How do our life experiences provide the material for short stories?
o How does fiction writing help us make sense of life?

The workshop will take place inside the Madeleine L'Engle Library at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Each class will be two hours long, beginning at 6 pm. The dates of the course are below. If you cannot attend one of these sessions, please let the instructor know ASAP to schedule a make-up class. Students cannot miss more than one session.

  • Wednesday, October 8
  • Wednesday, October 13
  • Wednesday, October 20
  • Wednesday, October 27
  • Wednesday, November 3
  • Wednesday, November 10
  • Wednesday, November 17
  • Wednesday, November 24

To apply, please fill out and submit this form.

Instructor Bios

Minerva Totoco is an Innovator, investor, startup founder, advisor, and speaker on AI, cybersecurity, and mobile technology. Tantoco served as New York City’s first-ever Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Based on her efforts, New York City was named "2016 Best Smart City" by Smart City World Congress. Tantoco helped launch innovative government initiatives including LinkNYC, CSforAll, and Internet of Things Guidelines, focused on promoting an inclusive, equitable tech ecosystem. After leaving City Hall, Ms. Tantoco co-founded digital bank, Grasshopper. Ms. Tantoco also served as Senior Product Manager at Palm, Chief Technology Officer at Merrill Lynch and UBS, and holds four US patents on intelligent workflow. Tantoco serves on the Board of the New York Hall of Science (nysci.org), Board of Directors, Vyv, Board Advisor to Socure, and is Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University Graduate School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Ms. Tantoco is passionate about Tech for Good and Inclusive Innovation, and has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg, and Channel Thirteen. She recently spoke at HackMIT, Harvard Law School, Women in Data Science, Executive Forum Technology SIG, Alliance for Innovative Regulation (AIR) Tech Sprint, and is a frequent speaker on technology topics in artificial intelligence at scale, IoT, and transforming financial services.

Henry Ferris has worked as an editor at various New York publishing companies (William Morrow, Times Books, Houghton Mifflin, Bantam Books, Simon and Schuster) for 35 years. He now works independently with writers, developing their ideas into book projects (and book proposals), coaching them through the drafting of their manuscripts and also editing completed manuscripts. Among the authors he has worked with are: Gail Collins (America’s Women), Laurence Bergreen (Over the Edge of the World), Ken Blanchard, Bruce Feiler, James L. Swanson (Manhunt), Joy-Ann Reid, Simon Winchester, William Kamkwamba (The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind), Laurence Leamer, Bruce Henderson (Sons and Soldiers), Amy Ephron, Buzz Aldrin, and Barack Obama (Dreams from My Father).

He specializes in current events, narrative nonfiction, biography and memoir, business, commercial and literary fiction.

Horatio Potter has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana, and has published stories in literary journals and magazines. A former New York City school teacher, he now runs a cattle ranch with his wife Liz at the edge of the Crazy Mountains near Wilsall, Montana. This is his second writing workshop offered at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

For information on children's workshops at the Cathedral, visit our School and Youth Programs page.

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