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April 2020

The Prose Poem Master Class with Sean Singer (via Zoom)

April 4 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 Sold out

Please note that this workshop is now sold out! Thanks for all the interest. If you want to be put on the waiting list for this workshop, or have questions about other online poetry workshop options, please email [email protected] The prose poem is an oxymoron and a contradiction. It began as a revolutionary genre and remains so. This form can include wide ranges of expression and perception--- lyrical to narrative; unity and fragment; expanse and compactness; and surprise without line…

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CANCELLED: The 10th Annual Westchester Poetry Festival featuring Reginald Dwayne Betts

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Masters School, 49 Clinton Avenue
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 United States
Free

Due to health concerns about the coronavirus, The Masters School has decided to cancel the Westchester Poetry Festival this year. All authors scheduled to read have been invited to participate in the next festival in April 2021.     HVWC & Masters School Present the 10th Annual Westchester Poetry Festival with Reginald Dwayne Betts Estherwood, Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, Saturday April 4, 1-5pm Reginald Dwayne Betts (Felon, Norton), keynote reader, will join Leila Chatti, (Deluge, Copper Canyon Press), Lynn Emanuel (The…

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Creative Writing for Youth with Michael Patrick Collins

April 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$150 12 seats left

We are TENTATIVELY hoping to offer this 6week class series beginning on Tuesday, April 14 through May 19. Please check back here for updates or write to [email protected] for additional information. This class will serve as an energetic supplement to the traditional academic writing instruction of grammar and vocabulary development by providing a space in which young writers engage in open ended writing activities and encounter creative challenges that foster enjoyment of and enthusiasm for writing. Special focus will be…

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Year of Deep Revision: Poetry with Jennifer Franklin

April 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 5 seats left

NB: This a 6-week class meeting Wednesdays 12:30pm-3pm starting on April 15th. This class will be taught online via Zoom. 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 2020 and goes through the year. A…

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YoYB: Poetry with Jennifer Franklin

April 17 @ 10:45 am - 1:15 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 4 seats left

NB: This a 6-week online class via ZOOM meeting Fridays 10:45am-1:15pm starting Friday April 17th. 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 2020 and goes through the year. A combination of workshopping new and old…

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Playwriting Workshop: Storycraft & Structure for Writers with Barbara Blatner

April 18 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 9 seats left

Join playwright Barbara Blatner as she spends four hours working on the importance of story and structure in playwriting. This class will focus on craft and is intended for new and experienced playwrights. Please note: This class will be taught ONLINE using Zoom, which is a very user-friendly platform to facilitate video classes from your computer. Students will receive login instructions from the instructor prior to the class date. We will maintain the same high caliber of course and instruction with…

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Emerging Writers

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 20 seats left

We are excited to offer an Emerging Writers group, 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 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 to 9:00 pm.…

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SHP Annual Sanger-Stewart Reading VIA ZOOM with Liz Marlow, Julie Danho, and Rebecca Doverspike

April 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free 68 seats left

Join the Slapering Hol Press co-editors, Margo Taft Stever, Peggy Ellsberg, and Jennifer Franklin as they welcome the 2019 SHP chapbook winner, Liz Marlow, the 2018 SHP chapbook winner, Rebecca Doverspike, and the 2013 SHP chapbook winner, Julie Danho, to read their latest work and talk about their experiences as Slapering Hol press poets. Liz Marlow’s poems have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, The Rumpus, Tikkun, and elsewhere. Additionally, her work has been a finalist for Permafrost Magazine’s New Alchemy Contest and…

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Year of Your Book: Deep Revision with Kirsten Bakis

April 20 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 10 seats left

This a 6-week class meeting Mondays 10:15am-12:15pm starting on Monday April 20th. This class will be taught online via Zoom. Students must send ten pages to [email protected] to apply. She will then send to Kirsten for review. 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.…

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Monday Night Poetry Workshop with Amy Holman

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370

This class will be taught online via Zoom. 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 from literary journals and poetry books. Amy Holman will offer…

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Memoir Writing Workshop with Susan Hodara, Spring Session 3, AM

April 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 Sold out

Please note that this workshop is now sold out! Thanks for all the interest. If you want to be put on the waiting list for this workshop, or have questions about other memoir workshop options, please email [email protected] This a 6-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 10:30am-12:45pm on April 21, April 28, May 5, 12, 19. 26. Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid…

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Memoir Workshop with Susan Hodara Spring 3 PM class

April 21 @ 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 Sold out

Please note that this workshop is now sold out! Thanks for all the interest. If you want to be put on the waiting list for this workshop, or have questions about other memoir workshop options, please email [email protected] This a 6-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 1:15 to 3:30pm on April 21, April 28, May 5, 12, 19. 26. Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your…

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Year of Your Book: Fiction with Kirsten Bakis

April 22 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 12 seats left

This a 6-week class meeting Wednesdays 10:15am-12:15pm starting Wednesday April 22nd. This class will be taught online via Zoom. 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…

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Writing, Revising, and Publishing Short Fiction with Beth Hahn

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$270 10 seats left

This class will be taught online via Zoom. 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 to craft a cover letter and navigate the submission process. All levels of fiction writers are welcome. Beth Hahn studied art and writing at The University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy…

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Page-Turning Fiction with Joanne Dobson

April 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 13 seats left
Joanne Dobson

This class will be taught online via Zoom. 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…

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Embracing “Plausible Magic” In Your Fiction with David Queen

April 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 10 seats left

This class will be taught online via Zoom. Plausible magic is a technique that suggests an unbelievable—and often surreal—scenario can arise from “believable” character action and reasonable narrative means. Plausible magic is ordinary life rendered strange through the strength of the author’s vision. In this course, students will read and discuss the wonderfully bizarre stories of Alexandra Kleeman, Donald Antrim, Camille Bordas, Joy Williams, and more. They will also take turns bringing in their own “plausibly magical” stories each week…

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Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow

April 24 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 11 seats left
William Bigelow

This class will be taught online via Zoom. 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 drive and the understanding of the elements of the construction…

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POSTPONED: SHP Presents: An Evening with 2019 Conversation Chapbook Poets Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon & Leela Chantrelle and 2020 Conversation Poets Toi Derricotte & Dawn Lundy Martin

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 69 seats left

NB: This reading will be held on Friday, November 6th, 2020. Toi Derricotte is the author of I: New & Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019),The Undertaker’s Daughter (2011), and four earlier collections of poetry, including Tender, winner of the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks (W.W. Norton), received the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her honors include, among many others, the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for…

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I am (Not) a Real Writer

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$270 12 seats left

This a 5-week class meeting on Saturdays 10am-12pm starting on April 25th. It will be taught online via Zoom. This is a 5-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 anything…

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The Art of The Praise Poem with JP Howard via Zoom

April 25 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 10 seats left

Join JP HOWARD  as she explores the Praise Poem and shows you ways to enhance your own writing with a genre we need now, more than ever. JP Howard is a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the author of SAY/MIRROR, a debut poetry collection published by The Operating System (2016, 2nd expanded ed) and a chaplet "bury your love poems here" (Belladonna Collaborative*). SAY/MIRROR was a 2016 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in the Lesbian Poetry Category. JP is a 2019-2020 featured…

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Reading & Conversation on The Gaming Mind with Alex Kriss

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free

Are videogames bad for us? It’s the question on everyone’s mind, given teenagers’ captive attention to videogames and the media’s tendency to scapegoat them. It’s also — if you ask clinical psychologist Alexander Kriss — the wrong question. In his therapy office, Kriss looks at videogames as a window into the mind. Is his patient Liz really “addicted” to Candy Crush — or is she evading a deeper problem? Why would aspiring model Patricia craft a hideous avatar named “Pat”? And when Jack immerses himself in Mass Effect,…

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May 2020

An Evening with Diannely Antigua, Ryan Black, and Justin Wymer

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 69 seats left

Diannely Antigua is a Dominican American poet and educator, born and raised in Massachusetts. Her debut collection Ugly Music (YesYes Books, 2019) was the winner of the Pamet River Prize. A graduate of the MFA program at NYU, she was awarded a Global Research Initiative Fellowship to Florence, Italy. She is the recipient of additional fellowships from CantoMundo, Community of Writers, and the Fine Arts Work Center Summer Program. Justin Wymer is a poet, scholar, and educator. Born and raised in southwestern…

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Letters to Nobody: Understanding Your Audience for the Epistolary Poem with Justin Wymer (via Zoom)

May 2 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 13 seats left

Join poet and professor, Justin Wymer, as he conducts a one-day craft class on the epistolary poem. All students should bring in one poem that is, in some way, addressed to another person. Full course description and details to follow. This class is capped at 13 people. PLEASE NOTE that given the current public health directives, this course will be taught online via Zoom. Justin Wymer is a poet, scholar, and educator. Born and raised in southwestern West Virginia, he…

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Home Run Project with Stan Friedmann

May 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$150 15 seats left

NB: This class starts on May 3rd and runs for 6 Sundays. It ends June 14th, No class on Sunday May 24th. 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

May 5 @ 7:10 pm - 9:10 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 15 seats left

This is a six-week class that starts on Tuesday May 3rd. There will be a final show on June 16. 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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An Evening with Martha Collins, Fred Marchant, and Alan Shapiro

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$25 70 seats left

Please join us for a Special Benefit Reading, which will benefit our ongoing reading series. Tickets for this special reading are $25. We welcome further donations at the checkout screen or in person that evening. Thank you for your support and generosity! Martha Collins’ tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Could I Do, was published in the Pitt Poetry Series in fall 2019. Her previous books include two volumes of linked sequences, Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day  (Milkweed,…

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Advanced Hybrid Workshop with Chris Campanioni via Zoom

May 9 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 10 seats left
Chris Campanioni

Please note: Given the current public health directives, this class will be taught ONLINE using Zoom, which is a very user-friendly platform to facilitate video classes from your computer. Students will receive login instructions from the instructor prior to the class date. We will maintain the same high caliber of course and instruction with the same emphasis on keeping class sizes small. Objective: To straddle the line between poetry & prose, essay & narrative, list & analysis. I’d like to…

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Writing through Darkness to Light (all genres) with Susan Tiberghien via Zoom

May 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$99 15 seats left

What and where is story? Margaret Atwood writes, “Going into narrative is a dark road.” We will find our way into the dark, into the unconscious and bring our stories out into the light. Looking at examples from Orhan Pamuk, Toni Morrison,  and Terry Tempest Williams, we will craft our stories into journal entries, personal essays, short stories, poems. Our voices will bear witness in our turbulent times. ** Please note: This class will be taught ONLINE using Zoom, which…

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Emerging Writers

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

We are excited to offer an Emerging Writers group, 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 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 to 9:00 pm.…

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Craft and Self in Poetic Forms with Cynthia Manick VIA ZOOM

May 17 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 15 seats left

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press) and editor of Soul Sister Revue: A Poetry Compilation (Jamii Publishing, 2019). She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, MacDowell Colony, and Château de la Napoule among others. Winner of the Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry, Manick was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2019 Furious Flower Poetry Prize. She is Founder of the reading series Soul Sister Revue; and her poem "Things I Carry Into the World" was made…

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In the beginning: Exploring Questions of Spirituality & Religion Through Creative Writing with Jessica Jacobs via Zoom

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

Please note: This class will be taught ONLINE using Zoom, which is a very user-friendly platform to facilitate video classes from your computer. Students will receive login instructions from the instructor prior to the class date. We will maintain the same high caliber of course and instruction with the same emphasis on keeping class sizes small. We live in a time of always more, always faster, a time of disembodied screen-living where what’s new insists on itself as what’s most…

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June 2020

The Art of Crafting and Telling Personal Stories with Wendy Mages

June 6 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 15 seats left

Storytelling is an essential human endeavor; everyone has compelling stories.  This 4-hour workshop will create a safe space where you can experiment with voicing your true personal experiences and sharing those experiences with others.  Beginning with a series of interactive exercises, you will identify a personal experience you would like to share.  You will then be led through a series of activities to help you structure and craft your experience into a compelling well-structured story.  This workshop will not only…

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Poetry as a Practice of Awareness with Nickole Brown via Zoom

June 20 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 15 seats left

There are a lot of terrible things happening in the world right now but HVWC is grateful to our amazing community of writer-teachers who have come together during this difficult time to offer you a panoply of incredible courses. Please note: This class will be taught ONLINE using Zoom, which is a very user-friendly platform to facilitate video classes from your computer. Students will receive login instructions from the instructor prior to the class date. We will maintain the same…

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Emerging Writers

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

We are excited to offer an Emerging Writers group, 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 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 to 9:00 pm.…

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July 2020

Creative Writing Camp

July 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States

HUDSON VALLEY RISING WRITERS Creative Writing Camp  Youth writing workshops for students entering Middle school (Grades 5-8) Four Wednesdays in July July 1, 8, 15, 22 Hudson Valley Writers Center 300 Riverside Drive Sleepy Hollow (Classes will meet in the historic Philipse Manor Train Station Building of Sleepy Hollow) $160 residents, $185 non-residents We are excited to welcome writer Amy Holman to lead the workshops! For more details or to register, please click here. Amy Holman is the author of Wrens Fly Through This…

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SHLF Saturday: A Reading by Diane Lechleitner, Andrea Kott, & David Puretz

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$5.00 50 seats left

In the spirit of the Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest, we proudly launch our new semi-annual showcase of local and/or self-published authors. Krista Madsen hosts. Saturday, July 25, 7 pm SHLF Saturday Presents: Diane Lechleitner’s poems and short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. Faron Goss is her first novel, to be published in fall 2020 by Green Writers Press. In addition to writing fiction Diane has exhibited her visual art, received an Exxon Award for Printmaking, was a recipient of…

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