The Hudson Valley Writers' Center

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Winter/Spring 2013 Writing Workshops

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Master Class Workshop Series

Workshops for Adults

One and Two Day Workshops

Workshops for Young Writers


Special News from the HVWC:

The Shirley Altman Scholarship Fund

We are pleased that so many students have taken advantage of the Shirley Altman Scholarship Fund this term. No further funds are available at this time. Recent scholarship recipients include individual adults in HVWC courses and children and teens in two after school programs who are taking on-site classes with HVWC instructors. These programs include Girls Empowerment through Meaningful Support (GEMS) at the YWCA in White Plains and the RSHM LIFE Center in Sleepy Hollow.

Although Scholarship funding is not currently available, the HVWC offers a 20% discount on its courses for Westchester Community College volunteer Writing Tutors. If you wish to become a WCC Writing Tutor, please contact Beth Holden at WCC:

Many thanks for your interest in The Hudson Valley Writers' Center.

Winter/Spring 2013 Writing Workshops for Adults

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Exploring New Poems
with Amy Holman

9 MONDAYS, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Per-session Fee: $360 ($345 for Holman returnees)

Session 1:
28 Jan - 8 April (No class: 18 Feb)   Code: AHw13a
      Featured Class reading on Sunday, 21 April at 4:30 p.m.!
Session 2:
Apr 22 - June 17 (No class: 30 May)   Code: AHw13b

The new poems explored in this class are both those you will write from assignments and exercises and those we will read from current literary journals. A class designed to inspire and support poets who want to return to writing, try new ideas, and refine their voice, it is open to beginning and emerging poets who may also aspire to publish their work. The poems we read in the journals will inform students about the work of peers, inspire new work, and reveal the editorial interests of magazine editors.

Session 1: Ongoing (Call for more info)
Session 2: Open and accepting registrations

Your Writing Mind
with Kristin Prevallet

9 MONDAYS, 1-3 p.m.

Per-session Fee: $360 ($345 for Prevallet returnees)

Session 1: 28 Jan - 1 April (No Class: 18 Feb)   Code: KPw13a
Session 2: 8 April - 17 June (No Class: 27 May, 29 Apr)   Code: KPw13b

In this workshop students will explore strategies to effortlessly generate new writing and revise older work, always with the intent of surprising themselves. Drawing from a wide range of sources—including neuroscience, poetics, and spiritual texts—students will be encouraged to break free of their usual processes in order to compose pieces they never knew they wanted to write. In this open-genre, deep-immersion workshop students will learn new ways to creatively unlock the unconscious mind.

Session 1: Open and accepting registrations
Session 2: Open and accepting registrations

Spring Poetry Workshop
with B. K. Fischer

9 MONDAYS, 7-9 p.m.
Per-session Fee: $400 ($385 for Fischer returnees)

Session 1: 28 Jan; 11 Feb; 4 & 18 Mar; 1, 15 & 29 Apr; 13 May; 3 June   Code: BFw13a
Session 2: 4 & 25 Feb; 11 & 25 Mar; 8 & 22 Apr; 6 & 20 May; 10 June   Code: BFw13b

In nine sessions spaced two weeks apart, this workshop will support the process of developing and completing ongoing work—from fresh inspiration to the envelope. We will explore a variety of poetic possibilities and techniques, work on revision strategies, and follow the leads of some touchstones for reading. “Poetry toolboxes” will address various topics: phrasing and the line, metaphor and metonymy, point of view, form and music, ekphrasis, narrative and story, collage and image, among others. Participants should be comfortable drafting poems and expect to complete a suite of five or more new poems in the course of the session. The workshop will also include coaching for the submission process by offering practical tips, resources, and camaraderie.

Session 1: SOLD OUT!
Session 2: SOLD OUT!

Memoir Writing Workshop
with Susan Hodara

12 TUESDAYS, 29 Jan - 7 May (No class: 19 Feb, 26 March, 23 April)

Per-session Fee: $550 ($540 for Hodara returnees)

Session 1: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.   Code: SHw13a
Session 2: 1:30-3:30 p.m.   Code: SHw13b

Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you will read aloud and receive constructive feedback. Writers at all levels of accomplishment, and with projects both full-length and short-form, are welcome.

Session 1: SOLD OUT!
Session 2: Ongoing
(Call for more info)

The Short Story: Beyond the First Draft
with Sergio Troncoso

10 TUESDAYS, 7-9 p.m., 15 Jan - 2 April (No class: Mar 19 & 26)
Fee: $460 ($445 for Troncoso returnees) Code: STw13a

You have finished the first draft of your short story. What do you do now to take it to the next level? This workshop will offer practical advice to help you revise your short story. We will focus on identifying the essence of your story, reviewing the narrative for its ups and downs, and analyzing and fixing problems with character and dialogue. The group will read accomplished writers to study their craft as well as their practical suggestions. We will work on in-class writing exercises. Finally, everybody will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their work from members of the workshop.

Status: Ongoing (Call for more info)

Blogging for Beginners
with Dorothy Handelman

8 WEDNESDAYS, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 23 Jan - 13 March
Fee: $320   Code: DHw13a

Launch and maintain a blog using Google’s Blogger platform! In this class, we will explore effective design, including use of templates and images. Whether your goal is to keep relatives and friends up to date, or to promote your work or cause, this class will help you frame your content to achieve a captivating blog. Students will also learn to network their new blogs through social media. All participants must bring a laptop.

Status: Ongoing (Call for more info)

Write Your Book: How to Turn Dreaming into Doing
with Carrie Barron

8 WEDNESDAYS, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 3 April - 22 May
Fee: $320   Code: CBw13a

You have wished it, planned it, wanted it and worked on it in your mind but so far you have not been able to write the book you have imagined. In this class we will give you the tools to make that happen. The difference between those who dream and those who do is the rough draft. Let’s get it down on paper by moving psychological obstacles out of the way and creating habits that help you stay the course.

Status: Open and accepting registrations

Workshop of Pure Critique
with Peter Bricklebank

8 WEDNESDAYS, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Per-session Fee: $320 ($305 for Bricklebank returnees)

Session 1:
23 Jan - 13 Mar   Code: PBw13a
Session 2: 27 Mar - 15 May   Code: PBw13b

Whether writing in a garret, ivory tower, or a fever pitch of blind faith, at some point a writer needs to see other people, preferably equally deranged. For people writing fiction or nonfiction who need regular, astute feedback on ongoing projects of any length, this class provides that hothouse work environment. We’re going to put our manuscripts on the table and ask what works, what seems less effective, and why? Are there several narrative possibilities to the draft? Is the writer’s aim inchoate or focused? Are the form, structure, and pace helping or hindering the essential goal of the narrative?

Session 1: Ongoing (Call for more info)
Session 2: Open and accepting registrations

Writing About Food
with Carol Durst-Wertheim

6 WEDNESDAYS, 7-9 p.m., 23 Jan - 27 Feb
Fee: $240 Code: CDw13a

Food writing is a rapidly expanding genre. The social, cultural, and familial associations of feeding people can stimulate strong personal writing. It relies on sensory experience, evokes memories and emotions, and sheds light on primary human relationships. We will explore this extraordinary power of food through a combination of in-class prompts and at-home writing exercises. To begin this process, everyone will bring a favorite recipe, as well as a piece they’re currently working on, to the first class. Through active writing and participation, sharing our perceptions of food experiences, and doing a bit of tasting, we will build our writing skills and cook up some powerful prose.

Status: Closed

The Art of the Essay
with Herb Hadad

6 WEDNESDAYS, 7-9 p.m., 6 Mar - 24 April (No Class: March 27 and April 17)
Fee: $250 ($240 for Hadad returnees) Code: HHw13a

The personal essay is a form for all seasons. It can be a memoir or a short story in disguise; it allows for the most satisfying and polished examination of ideas, beliefs, troubles and pleasures by writers of all experience levels. More than any other kind of non-fiction writing, the essay offers the opportunity to express, in a short and conversational form, the whole range of thoughts and feelings. Bring a work in progress to the first session.

Status: Open and accepting registrations

Narrative Medicine: Close Reading & Reflective Writing for the Care of Providers & Patients
with Patricia Stanley

6 WEDNESDAYS, 7-9 p.m., 17 April; 1, 15 & 29 May; 5 & 19 June
Fee: $290 ($275 for Stanley returnees) Code: PSw13b

Health care is filled with stories. Narrative medicine focuses on these stories, both the telling of and the listening to, through “close reading” of published texts—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual imagery—and then reflective writing in “the shadow of the text.” We share these writings together in a safe and confidential space. Through attentive listening to the personal stories of illness and healing, the goal is to transform practice and the way care is given and received, and to re-envision our feelings towards illness and suffering. By connecting to the experiences of others, we become better clinicians and more effective caregivers.

Status: Open and accepting registrations

Just Write!
with Melanie Hulse

10 THURSDAYS, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Per-session Fee: $350 ($335 for Hulse returnees)

Session 1: 24 Jan - 28 Mar   Code: MHw13a
Session 2: 11 Apr - 15 June   Code: MHw13b

It is often said that in order to write well you must first have the courage to write badly. Then having written some clumsy stuff and some good stuff, you must spin your straw into gold. This workshop provides guidance and a safe environment for both processes. We will explore specific narrative elements—such as plot and structure, characterization and dialogue, setting and time management—by examining published writing and by doing focused in-class exercises and short take-home assignments. We will read and respond to your work as it grows through the term. Whether you want to write fiction or nonfiction, short pieces or long ones, this practice will give you the tools, and the courage, to realize your ideas with precision and grace.

Session 1: Closed
Session 2: Open and accepting registrations

How to Create a Family History Book
with Donna Zucker

9 THURSDAYS, 1-3 p.m.

Per-session Fee: $375 ($360 for Zucker returnees)

Session 1: 24 Jan - 21 Mar Code: DZw13a
Session 2: 4 Apr - 30 May Code: DZw13b

It’s time. Before you lose the opportunity to ask the questions you always wanted to know, preserve the stories, images and memories that matter most to you and your family. Learn how to interview family members, write biographies, research, organize and gather the best memorabilia to create a rich and detailed family history book that can be passed down from generation to generation.

Enrollment includes a copy of Rebecca McClanahan’s The Tribal Knot and students are welcome to McClanahan’s reading on Friday, 3 May, at 4:30 p.m.

Session 1: Closed
Session 2: Open and accepting registrations

Writing for Health and Emotional Well-Being
with Sharon Farber

6 THURSDAYS, 7-9 p.m., 24 Jan - 28 Feb
Fee: $240   Code: SFw13a

When something terrible happens in your life, either in the past or on-going present, you may want to just forget about it and move on with your life. Unfortunately, that does not work. Repressing or hiding your feelings can take a toll on your mental and physical health. If you find yourself spending too much time thinking, worrying, or dreaming about what happened, then expressive writing can boost your mood and even your immune system. This course will introduce participants to a method of expressive writing that is meant to be used privately. Both a writer and a psychotherapist, Farber has introduced expressive writing into the treatment of some patients, and has published on the subject.

Status: Closed

How to Write Page-Turning Fiction
with Joanne Dobson

6 THURSDAYS, 18 Oct - 29 Nov (No class on 22 Nov)

Fee: $250 ($240 for Dobson returnees)
      Featured Class reading on Friday, 7 June at 7:30 p.m.!

Session 1: 4-6 p.m.   Code: JDw13a
Session 2: 7-9 p.m.   Code: JDw13b
Session 1: 4-6 p.m.   Code: JDw13c
Session 2: 7-9 p.m.   Code: JDw13d

If you’ve ever stayed up ‘til three with a compelling novel, you’ve probably wondered, “How do they do that?” Study the literary techniques of popular genres and learn how to create compelling plots in a unique voice, by harnessing the conflict and tension between sympathetic protagonists and disquieting antagonists. Whether your characters inhabit the extreme world of detection and intrigue, or the everyday life of private agonies and personal satisfactions, your writing can benefit from that special “can’t-put-it-down” magic.

Session 1: Open and accepting registrations
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The Elements of Style: A Poetry Workshop
with Kathleen Ossip

7 FRIDAYS, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Per-session Fee: $320 ($305 for Ossip returnees)

Session 1: 18 Jan - 22 Mar (No Class: 15, 22 Feb; 8 Mar)   Code: KOw13a
Session 2: 5 Apr - 24 May (No Class: 17 May)   Code: KOw13b

“A poem,” said William Carlos Williams, “is a small (or large) machine made of words—efficient, with no unnecessary parts, doing important work.” In this workshop, we explore the process of building poems from the individual word through lines and stanzas to a finished, polished poem. Writing exercises and assignments help you practice basic elements of poetic craft, such as line breaks, voice, and openings and closings. We’ll read a variety of contemporary poets, selected according to students’ interests and needs. Class time focuses on reading and discussing your poems.

Session 1: Closed
Session 2:
Open and accepting registrations

Memoir Mini Month-long Intensive
with Mindy Lewis

4 FRIDAYS, 12:30-3 p.m., 1 - 22 February
Fee: $245 ($240 for Lewis returnees) Code: MLw13a

Take the chill of February and refresh your writing practice in a stimulating atmosphere of collaborative exploration. Inspired by handouts and writing prompts, participants will share and discuss their writing. Genres: memoir, creative nonfiction, personal essay, autobiographical fiction. Continuing and new writers welcome.

Status: Ongoing (Call for more info)

Strategies for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
with Mindy Lewis

7 FRIDAYS, 12:30-3 p.m., 22 March; 5 & 19 April; 3, 10 & 31 May; 14 June

Fee: $445 ($430 for Lewis returnees)   Code: MLw13b

You have a slew of pages, some bits and pieces, or just the desire to write. Now what? In this workshop we trace the themes and tensions that run through your life’s stories and we explore possibilities. Through insightful critique and stimulating, supportive discussion, we hone the tools of strong writing: distinctive voice, precise language, evocative imagery, vivid sensory description, dramatic scene and dialogue, reflection, inventive form. Writing prompts, handouts and class discussion will inspire new writing and deepen understanding of craft.

Status: Open and accepting registrations

Playwriting Workshop
with Josh Hecht

6 SATURDAYS, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 9 Feb - 16 March
Fee: $240   Code: JHw13a

This workshop will provide you with the structure and discipline to tackle your new play with vigor and imagination. Through a series of six sequential writing exercises, Josh will help you get below your censor and access the wealth of information already inside you. You will be amazed at what you already know about your play-world! Question-based, artist-centered feedback will support these impulses and investigate the content they contain. Come in with a scene, a scenario, a character, or just some notes and ideas and leave with up to 6 scenes and a firm handle on your play.

Status: Open and accepting registrations

Science Poetry
with Bhisham Bherwani

3 SUNDAYS, 11:30-3:30 p.m., 17 Feb - 3 March
Fee: $250 ($235 for Bherwani returnees)   Code: BBw13a

Despite Wordsworth’s prescient distinction between poets and scientists in his 1802 Preface to Lyrical Ballads, science and technology permeate everyone’s lives and offer artists fresh metaphors and perspectives. Science has informed important works of poets from Lucretius to Milton to A. R. Ammons. In this workshop we will consider how we might embrace the language and objectives of science—from astronomy to geology to medicine—to inform our own poems

Status: Open and accepting registrations

Poetry & Politics
with Bhisham Bherwani

3 SUNDAYS, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 21 Apr - 5 May

Fee: $250 ($235 for Bherwani returnees)   Code: BBw13b

Even a cursory survey of western poetry, from the pre-Socratic to the contemporary, reveals the inextricable link between poetry and politics. The most significant of modern poets (such as W. H. Auden, Robert Frost, Seamus Heaney, Robert Lowell, and Derek Walcott) have composed seminal political works. We will examine poems that embody politics—including national, racial, gender, and environmental—to instruct our own political poems.

Status: Open and accepting registrations

Winter/Spring 2013 One and Two Day Workshops

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From Journal to Personal Essay & Memoir
with Susan Tiberghien

MONDAY, 29 April, 1:30-4 p.m.
Fee: $75 ($70 for Tiberghien returnees)   Code: SUTw13a

Journal writing, personal essay, and memoir are voyages in self discovery. The writer explores a subject to discover a self and a world. The journal captures memories, deepens awareness and plants seeds for stories. The personal essay shapes the stories into first person narratives. In writing true life stories, the writer discovers and contributes to our shared humanity. In this workshop we will look at contemporary examples of journal writing and personal essays. From a journal entry, you will write a short personal essay.

Status: Open and accepting registrations

Narrative Medicine: An Introductory Workshop
with Patricia Stanley

WEDNESDAY, 7-9 p.m., 27 March

Fee: $50 Code: PSw13a

This workshop is open to all healthcare providers: chaplains, social workers, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, dentists, etc. who have an interest in exploring the tools of narrative competence: close reading and reflective writing. We will engage in the experience of narrative medicine by listening and reading certain texts together and writing to selected prompts. We will share our writings in a safe and confidential space.

Status: Open and accepting registrations

Where to Publish Your Fabulous Writing
with Amy Holman

SATURDAY, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 2 February
Fee: $115 ($100 for Holman returnees)   Code: AHw13c

Amy Holman will teach writers of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction quick ways to find and evaluate the magazines and presses likely to publish their writing using her style evaluations. She will teach you to compose your own personal publishing reference guide, practice talking about your writing, write queries for books of poetry and prose, find literary agents for your novels, memoirs, and narrative nonfiction, and build an audience.

Status: Open and accepting registrations

The Nature of Poetry*
with Bhisham Bherwani

SUNDAY, 1-5 p.m., 14 April 
Fee: $90   Code: BBw13c

The experiences of poetry and nature are anything but mutually exclusive. Indeed nature pervades poetry across centuries and cultures and often underlies expressions of grief, rage, terror, joy and love. Participants will be prompted to identify their own experiences with, and insights into, nature and to apply these in their own poems. For inspiration, the session will start with an exploration of Teatown’s Trails led by an expert Teatown guide. Bring a notebook, pen, and sturdy shoes!

Status: Open and accepting registrations

*Through a new partnership, this class will be held at the Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining.

Winter/Spring 2013 Master Class Series

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A Poetry Workshop
with Eamon Grennan

2 SATURDAYS, 1-4 p.m., 2 & 9 March
Fee: $200   Code: EGw13a

As far as I’m concerned poetry is about elegy. Every poem is a memory of some kind, a celebratory elegy. Poems are like shells. Something is gone and that’s why you write. —Eamon Grennan

Each workshop we will use the hours at our disposal to do a close reading of a poem by each member of the group. As we proceed I hope the poets will gather a few useful suggestions not only about their own work, but about the whole issue of evaluation. In other words, we’ll try to expand our own critical vocabularies in ways useful to us as both writers and readers of poetry. There will also be one “exercise” which will be continued through the two sessions.

Status: SOLD OUT!

Freewriting Intensive
with Douglas Goetsch

SATURDAY, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., 26 January
Fee: $200   Code: DGw13a

Free-writing is often the first way we honor an impulse to write, and the act during which that impulse either catches fire or peters out. Many writers know this, but few approach free-writing as a practice, one with a wide range of methods and purposes. This course will open the vault to the theory and practice of free-writing, giving participants techniques for getting out of mental and stylistic ruts, expanding the range of available subjects, and generating a bounty of new material. Open to all genres.

Status: Closed

Making Their Stories Your Own:
Shaping The Raw Material of Family History
with Rebecca McClanahan

SATURDAY, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 4 May
Fee: $100   Code: RMw13a

Whether you’ve inherited boxes of letters, photos, and documents, or only a few stories passed down to you, this workshop will help you begin to shape the raw material of family history into an engaging, artful text. Drawing on her experience in writing essays, poems, and, most recently, The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change, McClanahan discusses the challenges and rewards of family history writing and offers suggestions for the journey. Open to all genres.

Status: Open and accepting registrations

Flash Feedback
with Ben Cheever & Terry Richard Bazes

3 FRIDAYS, 10:30 a.m.-12p.m. on 22 Feb; 1:30-3 p.m. on 1 & 8 March
Fee: $200   Code: BCw13a

Writers of all stripes often need an incisive critique on one bedeviling trouble spot in a manuscript, be it an insufficiently enticing opening paragraph, a climactic turning point that doesn’t quite rise to its narrative occasion, or a crucial passage of exposition that gums up the works of the story it’s meant to advance. In such instances, the problems may be easy to pinpoint but the solutions can prove elusive. Bring your own problem-child piece of prose to this class for immediate input. From master prose stylists, Ben Cheever and Terry Richard Bazes, you can expect focused suggestions for revising a key scene from your work-in-progress—and a rollicking good time.

Status: Open and accepting registrations

Winter/Spring 2013 Workshops for Young Writers

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A Writing Workshop for High School Students
with Nora Baskin

10 TUESDAYS, 4-5:30 p.m.
Per-session Fee: $300 ($285 for Baskin returnees)

Session 1: 15 Jan-2 April (No Class: 19 Feb, 26 March)   Code: NBw13a
     Featured Class reading on Sunday, 7 April, at 4:30 p.m.!
Session 2: 9 April-11 June   Code: NBw13b
     Featured Class reading on Sunday, 9 June, at 4:30 p.m.!

Finding your voice and finding a safe place to express it is probably the most important part of the creative writing process. This class will allow that to happen. Using writing prompts and exercises, students will learn the “rules” of narrative fiction writing and then feel free to “break them” and find their unique style. Each class will allow for lessons, writing time, and positive critiquing.

Session 1: Closed
Session 2: Open and accepting registrations

Creative Writing for 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th Graders
with Nora Baskin

Session 1:
10 WEDNESDAYS, 4-5:30 p.m.

16 Jan - 3 April (No Class 20 Feb, 27 March)   Code: NBw13c
Fee: $300 ($285 for Baskin returnees)

Session 2:
8 WEDNESDAYS, 4-5:30 p.m.
10 April - 29 May   Code: NBw13d
Fee: $245 ($230 for Baskin returnees)

In this six-week program children will touch on all aspects of creative writing by engaging in fun writing games. Does your character like chicken nuggets or sushi? What posters hang in his bedroom? What book is beside her bed? How do you know how to name your character? Each week students will be introduced to another game, receive examples from familiar children’s literature, and participate in a group exercises. In addition, each session will end with time set aside for individual work and also for sharing constructive criticism with peers.

Enrollment includes a copy of Carole Geithner’s If Only and students are welcome to Geithner’s reading on Sunday 28 April at 4:30 p.m.

Session 1: Closed
Session 2: Open and accepting registrations

Writing the College Admissions Essay
with Naomi Vladeck

3 SATURDAYS, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 20 Apr - 4 May
Fee: $200   Code: NVw13a

The admission essay can be the most stressful part of the application process. It doesn’t have to be. I am here to partner with students to make the college essay writing process fast, fun and … done! Personal essays are students’ chance to share chosen stories in their own voice, with lots of great personal detail that will make their stories unique to them. The application is where students will impress schools with all they’ve accomplished. The essay lets them show the kind of person they are. With my help, students will enjoy a supportive brainstorming, drafting and editing process, and the triumph of completing essays that they will be proud to have written.

Status: Open and accepting registrations

What Your Parents Don't Know
with David Nielsen

4 SATURDAYS, 4-6 p.m., 2 -23 March
     Featured Class reading on Friday, 7 April, at 4:30 p.m.!
Fee: $150   Code: DNw13a

This 4-week workshop focuses on helping teenaged writers to create honest works of fiction based on the experiences of their lives. Students will write short stories based on issues that are important to them while learning how to channel the raw emotions into a coherent work of fiction that retains the honesty of their work yet appeals to a larger audience. The class will culminate in an evening of dramatic readings on April 7 of the students' best work in front of a public audience.

Status: Open and accepting registrations


Please note that there is a nonrefundable $25 registration fee per workshop for students
who are NOT members of The Hudson Valley Writers' Center.
($15 for our shorter one and two-day workshops)

For further information on any of our workshop offerings, call the HVWC at 914.332.5953 or email us at

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HVWC: The Hudson Valley Writers' Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY. Classes and worshops are held in the restored Philipse Manor railroad station unless otherwise indicated. For travel directions, visit our Directions page or see train schedules at Metro-North's Hudson Line.

Weather-related closings:
As a general rule, if bad weather causes the Tarrytown schools to close, it is likely that classes at the Writers’ Center will be cancelled. We will record a message on the office answering machine (914-332-5953) by 8 am if the decision is made to cancel morning classes. We will attempt to contact students with cancellations that happen later in the day. If in doubt, please call the office.

Refund policy:
For classes dropped at least 24 business hours (Monday - Friday excluding major holidays) prior to the first class, 100% of the class fee will be refunded. For classes dropped at least 48 hours (Monday - Friday excluding major holidays) before the second class, 75% of the class fee will be refunded. After that time, a partial refund will only be issued if your space in the class can be filled. For classes cancelled by the Writers’ Center, 100% of the class fee will be refunded. Class registration fees are non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by the Writers’ Center. Notification of a dropped class must be made to the HVWC office (telling the instructor is not considered official notification.)

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