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.

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October 2019

Humor Writing Class with Patricia Marx

October 19 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 1 ticket left

NB: This is a one-day Master Class, capped at 17 students. Slots will fill quickly so please register now if you want a spot. Patricia Marx is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a former writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats. Her two novels (Him Her Him Again The End of Him and Starting From Happy) were Thurber Prize Finalists. Her children’s book Now Everybody Really Hates Me was the first and only winner of the Friedrich…

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Emerging Writers Open Write

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 20 tickets left

We are excited to offer an Emerging Writers Open Write, based on our popular monthly Open Write. We welcome young writers 18-30 years old for this event. Join prolific local writer and MFA student at Manhattanville College, Taylor Vogt, as he provides writers in all genres monthly prompts and uninterrupted writing time. Emerging Writers Open Write is free for HVWC members and $10 a session for non-members. It will take place on the third Saturday of each month from 7:00…

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The Wide World: Master craft class on literary translation with Sarah Arvio

October 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$100 24 tickets left

We have a special opportunity to hear an incredible craft talk about translation by Sarah Arvio—Knopf translator of the definitive Lorca. This is the first major translation of Lorca into English in the past thirty years. Lorca, as you know is one of the most famous poets of the 20th century. Sarah’s craft class on this topic has already sold out at Poets House in NYC. See below article in the NYT for more information about Sarah & Lorca. ‘Poet…

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Advanced Memoir with Susan Hodara

October 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 Sold out
Susan Hodara

NB: This class meets six Mondays: Oct 21, Nov 4, Nov 11, Nov 25, Dec 2, Dec 16 DEFINING AND ASSEMBLING YOUR MEMOIR You’ve been writing memories and stories and chapters for a while, and now it’s time to take stock of what you’ve produced and decide how it all fits together. In this class, you will use your own writing as we work as a group on the following: creating an inventory of your pieces; understanding and describing why you are writing your memoir and what…

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Workshop in Pure Critique with Peter Bricklebank

October 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$505 8 tickets left

NB: This is an 8-week class that meets every Thursday from October 24-December 19. No Class on Thanksgiving. 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…

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An Evening with Patrick Donnelly, Ron Slate, and Stephanie Strickland

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 66 tickets left

Patrick Donnelly is the author of four books of poetry. Former poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, Donnelly is director of the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place. Donnelly’s translations with Stephen D. Miller of classical Japanese poetry were awarded the 2015-2016 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. Donnelly’s other awards include a U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program Award, an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference,…

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Layering Story, Feeling, and Thinking Elements: How Understanding the Three Modes of Poetry Can Help Us Write and Revise Our Own Poems with Patrick Donnelly

October 26 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 7 tickets left

This workshop will explore the defining characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of three modes of poetry: story (narrative), feeling (lyric), and thinking (meditative). We’ll examine, though close readings of several poems, how these modes can—and should!—combine into hybrid modes, in which each mode supplies qualities that the others lack. We’ll ask the question: if you were to give a close, objective reading to your own work as a whole, which of the three modes would you say is in the foreground?…

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Year of Your Book: Fiction with Kirsten Bakis

October 30 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 10 tickets left

This a 6-week class meeting Wednesdays 10:15am-12:15pm from October 30th until December 11th. No Class on November 27th. How long have you been saying you want to write a book? How much longer do you have to wait? Whether you have a partial draft, or just an idea and the desire to write, this class can help you reach that goal. In-class work will hone specific skills such as dialogue, scene construction, plot and structure; generative exercises will help you…

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Creating Hyperrealities with Shane Cashman

October 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 15 tickets left

NB: This is a six week class. It will start on Wednesday October 30th and ends on Wednesday December 11th. Make-up week is Wednesday December 18th. No Class the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The focus of this course will be to sharpen and harness our senses through journaling, freewriting, daydreaming, people-watching, sketching, and more. All ways in which we can add many depths to our writing as we translate our ideas onto the page—no matter the genre—so that we can build narratives…

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November 2019

Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow

November 1 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 11 tickets left
William Bigelow

NB: This is a 6-week class meeting Fridays 1:30-3:30pm from November 1-December 13th No Class on November 28th. This is a course designed for writers looking to create screenplays, stage plays, and teleplays for one-hour televisions shows. Paramount in this effort, we will focus on an approach which is necessary in all dramatic writing — the importance of conflict. How we define, pinpoint and create interesting, unusual characters. How structure is the backbone of a dramatic piece, and how narrative…

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An Evening with Susan Choi & Helen Phillips

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 68 tickets left

Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her fourth novel, My Education, received a 2014 Lammy Award. Her fifth novel is Trust Exercise (April 2019). A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she teaches…

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I Am (Not) a Real Writer with Kirsten Bakis

November 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 12 tickets left

NB: This a 6-week class meeting on Saturdays 10am-12pm from November 2nd until December 14th. No Class on Thanksgiving weekend. This is a six-week version of Kirsten Bakis’ popular one-day class. “I am not a real writer” is what I hear most often from people who almost take a class, but don’t. This fiction writing intensive is for everyone who is concerned about having what it takes, whether the issue is “not being a writer,” “having no good ideas,” or…

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The Home Run Project: creative writing for grade-school students with Stan Friedmann

November 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$150 22 tickets left

NB: This is a six-week class for one hour each week from Sunday November 3rd-Sunday December 15th. NO Class on Thanksgiving weekend (December 1st). The HOME RUN PROJECT was developed over twenty years ago as an entertaining and interactive learning program to help children (grades 3-6) improve listening skills and focus, encourage the love of reading and creative writing, and at the same time strengthen crucial life skills. The program is based on the true stories in THE MACMILLAN BOOK OF BASEBALL…

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Improv for Actors, Writers, and Bored People with Lynne Lori Sylvan

November 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 15 tickets left
Lynne Lori Sylvan

NB: This is a six-week class that starts on Sunday November 3rd. No class on December 1st for Thanksgiving weekend. In this supportive class, you will gradually build your improvisational skills through a series of warmups, games and scenework. This class is for all levels. The focus is on supporting your scene partner, not on being funny. You will come away with stronger communication skills, particularly the ability to accept others’ ideas and build on them as well as more…

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Year of Your Book: Fiction, Deep Revision with Kirsten Bakis

November 4 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 11 tickets left

This a 6-week class meeting Mondays 10:15am-12:15pm from November 4th until December 9th.  Students must send ten pages to [email protected]terscenter.org to apply. How long have you been saying you want to write a book? How much longer do you have to wait? Whether you have a partial draft, or just an idea and the desire to write, this class can help you reach that goal. In-class work will hone specific skills such as dialogue, scene construction, plot and structure; generative…

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Monday Night Poetry with Suzanne Cleary

November 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 11 tickets left

NB: This is a six-week class that starts on Monday November 4th and ends on Monday December 9th. Make up date on Monday December 16th. Schmoozing with Your Muse: Getting More Energy into Your Poems Shouldn’t writing be fun? If you want to write poems that are risky, playful, or just plain alive, this workshop is for you. While reading model poems, exploring craft techniques, and identifying your own poetic concerns, you will receive practical and enjoyable tips for invigorating…

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Exploring New Poems by Amy Holman

November 5 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 12 tickets left
Amy Holman

NB: This is a six-week class that starts on Tuesday November 5th and ends on Tuesday December 10th. This class is designed to inspire and support poets who want to return to writing, try new ideas, and refine their voices, whether for their own pleasure or to share with the public through readings and publication. It is open to beginning and emerging poets. The new poems in this class are both those you will write and those we will read…

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Year of Your Book: Deep Revision Poetry with Jennifer Franklin

November 6 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 9 tickets left

NB: This a 6-week class meeting Wednesdays 12:30pm-3pm from November 6th to December 18th. No Class November 27th. You have written the first draft of your full-length collection. Now, we need to order all of the poems, decide if there should be sections, revise each of the poems, settle on the title, and most importantly—remove any poems that are not as strong. This series of classes begins at the start of 2019 and goes through the year. A combination of…

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Writing, Revising, and Publishing Short Fiction with Bethany Ball

November 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 11 tickets left

NB: This is a six-week class that starts on Wednesday November 6th and ends on December 18th. No class on November 27th. We are grateful to Bethany for teaching Beth Hahn's class this session!  Writing, Revising, and Publishing Short Fiction: In this six-week workshop, take your short stories from first to final draft. Gain a deeper understanding of revision through in-class critiques and writing exercises. Experiment with short story forms. Read and discuss work from literary journals. Finally, learn how…

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Introduction to Translation with Sarah Arvio

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 12 tickets left

NB: This is a six-week class that starts on Thursday November 7th and ends on Thursday December 19th. It will not meet on Thanksgiving. The Wide World: Translating Poetry There is nothing so beautiful as transforming a poem from a foreign language into your own language. In this class we will work on translating poems from any language into English. If you have not yet chosen a poet, I will help you choose your poet. At the start, we will…

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Year of Your Book: Poetry with Jennifer Franklin

November 8 @ 10:45 am - 1:15 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 7 tickets left

This a 6-week class meeting Fridays 10:45am-1:15pm from Friday November 8th until Friday December 20th. No class on November 28th for Thanksgiving weekend.  How long have you been saying that you want to compile all of your polished poems into a full-length collection? How much longer do you have to wait? A combination of workshopping new and old poems and deep revision, serious critique, deadlines, and mutual support, the goal is a solid draft (and celebration of your accomplishment) by…

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SHP Presents: Annual War & Peace Reading featuring Pamela Hart & Frances Richey

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 69 tickets left
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Eight local poets and writers will read original work responding to war and resistance in current events, art, and history. Submit your original published or unpublished work to [email protected] Pamela Hart is author of the award-winning collection, Mothers over Nangarhar ,published in 2019 by Sarabande Books. She  is writer-in-residence at the Katonah Museum of Art where she manages and teaches an arts-in-education program. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship as well as a fellowship from the…

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The Joy of Editing: Revisiting The Poem That’s Almost Complete with Daniel Lawless & Frances Richey

November 9 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 15 tickets left

NB: This is a one-day workshop that meets from 12:30-4:30 on Saturday November 9th. This workshop focuses on the art of editing, and offers techniques that help writers re-enter that old friend, the poem that’s almost finished, with renewed creative energy. The one you’ve read and reread, and tweaked and put in the drawer. Each poet can bring in any poem they wish, even a new one. Consider bringing in a piece that’s almost there, but perhaps has been rejected…

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Memoir Writing Workshop with Susan Hodara Fall Session 2, AM

November 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 Sold out

NB: This a 6-week class meeting Tuesdays 10:30am-12:45pm on Nov 12, Nov 19, Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17 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…

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Memoir Writing Workshop with Susan Hodara—Fall Session 2, PM

November 12 @ 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 Sold out

NB: This a 6-week class meeting Tuesdays 1:15-3:30pm on Nov 12, Nov 19, Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17 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…

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Reading and Writing Social Justice for Poets & Writers with Michael Klein

November 16 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 15 tickets left

NB: This is a one-day class that meets for four hours on Saturday November 16th. At one point in my writing mostly autobiographical poetry and essays/memoir, I got some sage advice from my mentor, Adrienne Rich, who told me that it was time to extend my reach to the living beyond my own with writing that let in more of the world. In this way, she was advocating for finding and using language to talk about the earth, the fires…

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Emerging Open Write

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 20 tickets left

We are excited to offer an Emerging Writers Open Write, based on our popular monthly Open Write. We welcome young writers 18-30 years old for this event. Join prolific local writer and MFA student at Manhattanville College, Taylor Vogt, as he provides writers in all genres monthly prompts and uninterrupted writing time. Emerging Writers Open Write is free for HVWC members and $10 a session for non-members. It will take place on the third Saturday of each month from 7:00…

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Annual Benefit Gala 2019

November 22 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tappan Hill Mansion, 4206, 81 Highland Avenue
Tarrytown, NY 10591 United States
$150 – $2500 187 tickets left

Our 2019 Benefit Gala at Tappan Hill Mansion promises to be our best ever. We're involved in a critical campaign to buy, restore and modernize our historic space in Philipe Manor Station along the Hudson so that we can thrive here, rent-free and energy-sustainable, for generations to come. Please join us at this very special event, our biggest fundraiser of the year—this time in support of our Foundation for the Future. The event features live music, auction bidding, cocktails, appetizers…

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Out There, In Here: Mysteries of the Ekphrastic with Fred Marchant

November 23 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 16 tickets left

As a response to a work of visual art, the ekphrastic poem inevitably goes far beyond description and often leads poet and reader into all sorts of associations, insights, memories, feelings, revelations. In our one-day intensive poetry workshop, we will examine and discuss how a poem (and poet) can respond to what is "out there" in a given work of art while at the same time surfacing the inner-life richness the artwork generates" within the poet's mind. There will be…

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True Fiction: A Masterclass in the Art and Craft of Nonfiction Storytelling with Mark Dery

November 24 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 17 tickets left

Hemingway rewrote the ending of A Farewell to Arms39 times. Asked what had stumped him, he replied, “Getting the words right.” Is that what it takes to be a great writer? Was Joan Didion right when she said that “grammar is a piano” you can “play by ear” but must be mastered, however you do it? Do you agree with Martin Amis that euphony—the music words make—is the essence of literary style, and that the only way to achieve it is by…

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December 2019

SHP Presents: MFA Spotlight

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 68 tickets left
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Six emerging poets from the Hunter, Manhattanville, and NYU MFA programs will read their work.

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One-Day Memoir Intensive with Susan Hodara

December 7 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 12 tickets left
Susan Hodara

NB: This is a one-day class. Are you inspired to write about 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 four-hour class will offer a supportive environment where we’ll be talking about memoir writing, writing in class and sharing for constructive feedback. You will leave with a new work-in-progress and some insights into the stories you want to write.

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An Evening with Lauren Acampora & Sandra Newman

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 69 tickets left

Lauren Acampora's first novel, The Paper Wasp, was published by Grove Atlantic in June 2019. It’s been named a Best Summer Read by The New York Times Book Review, USA Today, ELLE, Town & Country, BBC.com, Daily Mail (UK), Thrillist, O Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. Her debut collection of linked stories, The Wonder Garden, was published by Grove in May 2015. It was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and an Indie Next selection, and was…

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Emerging Writers Open Write

December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 20 tickets left

We are excited to offer an Emerging Writers Open Write, based on our popular monthly Open Write. We welcome young writers 18-30 years old for this event. Join prolific local writer and MFA student at Manhattanville College, Taylor Vogt, as he provides writers in all genres monthly prompts and uninterrupted writing time. Emerging Writers Open Write is free for HVWC members and $10 a session for non-members. It will take place on the third Saturday of each month from 7:00…

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