WELCOME TO THE HVWC CALENDAR: home of all our upcoming readings, events and workshops. You can view by list or calendar (see right menu to choose). Click the colored tabs below to show only specific options. Our workshops run as multi-session series or one-day “intensives.” Note, we list the multi-session courses on the first day they meet only. The full dates of the session are described in the course descriptions. You would need to scroll back to the start date if you needed to enroll for something already underway. But do let us know if you want to join something in midstream since we need the blessing of the instructor. Questions? Email us.
Workshops – This category encompasses all one-day and multi-week classes, whether in person or via Zoom.
Readings – Our readings are in many different genres and take place in person, on Zoom, or both!
HVWC Recurring Events – This category encompasses such regular favorites as Open Mic, Open Write, and Submission Sunday.
Special Events – These other creative experiences are sure to interest our creative community!
The Persona Poem
If you’re going to write a persona poem it better be about you.
Writing a persona poem allows us to inhabit anyone (or anything) and to explore what is sometimes called the umwelt, the world as it is experienced by another entity. At the same time, this intimate form makes it possible to talk about the self in ways we might not dare in our own voice. The persona poem can also provide a means to approach injustices and overlooked perspectives with deep empathy. We’ll read poems that assume an array of voices from Demeter to a drag queen, from a mummy to a roly-poly bug to salt! All of which will inspire our own poems and enlarge how we think about ourselves and the world.