The Hudson Valley Writers' Center was incorporated on August 5, 1988, with a mission to advance the art and craft of writing by encouraging writers and readers of all levels to participate in and enjoy the literary arts. It is the only cultural organization of significant size in the Hudson Valley north of New York City devoted exclusively to literary activities, and it provides a wide range of literary experiences.
In 1982, with the assistance of a Westchester Council of the Arts Decentralization Grant, Margo Taft Stever initiated the Sleepy Hollow Poetry Series at the Warner Library in Tarrytown, New York. After many years, Stever and the founding board of directions (Nicholas Robinson, Donald Stever, and Patricia Farewell). Since 1990, the Center has offered workshops in all genres and has published chapbooks under the imprint of Slapering Hol Press. The Center hosts over forty annual readings by poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, memoir writers, and singer songwriters, and holds a monthly open mic night. The Center offers up to thirty annual writing workshops. The Slapering Hol Press (SHP) holds an annual national poetry chapbook competition and publishes the winning chapbooks which are praised for their artistic and literary merit. SHP also periodically publishes other books.
From the organization’s beginning, HVWC poets and writers interested in working in underserved communities have developed and implemented long-range workshops for numerous communities including the Coachman Family Center in White Plains, the Clearview School in Scarborough, Aids- Related Community Services in Spring Valley, and the RSHM Life Center in Sleepy Hollow. Currently, workshops are underway at the RHSM Life Center.
The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center is housed in the historic Philipse Manor Railroad Station building, which the Center restored in the mid-90s. The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contains an elegant great room paneled in American Chestnut wood and an imposing granite fireplace. In 2005, the Writers’ Center received the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Preservation League of New York State.
The Center is approximately 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan and 2.6 miles north of the Tappan Zee Bridge. For directions, see the contact page.