Restless Books immigrant writing workshop

Free writing classes at public libraries that inspire immigrants to tell their own immigrant stories


About the Workshop

Through free writing classes, the Restless Books Immigrant Writing Workshop aims to help immigrant communities develop their voices, self-confidence, and self-esteem. The workshops, which are conducted in English, allow participants in a small group setting to both practice literacy and speaking skills and deepen their connection with their local community.

Workshops meet weekly for five, 90-minute sessions, with 15–20 students enrolled per session. Students may attend as many sessions as they choose.  The first set of workshops are being held in conjunction with the New York Public Library at their Mid-Manhattan-42nd Street branch. The workshops involve reading, responding to short immigrant narratives, and writing exercises led by experienced teachers. Books for all required reading assignments are provided free of charge to all participants.


Program Mission

Restless Books is an independent, nonprofit publisher devoted to championing essential voices from around the world, whose stories speak to us across linguistic and cultural borders. At Restless, we believe that  immigrant stories, like all great literature, help to ensure our society is aware of its communities, builds empathy for its neighbors, and strengthens our democracy.