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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May 2021

A Journey Toward Witness: Craft Class with Marilyn Nelson via Zoom

May 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $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 workshop options, please email [email protected] This 2-hour craft class will meet via Zoom on May 16th, 12:30- 2:30 PM EST. The Zoom link will be sent at the time of registration. Please check your spam/promotions folder, and email [email protected] with any questions. *** A poet who writes poems…

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An evening with Alex Dimitrov & Donika Kelly via Zoom

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $25 287 tickets left

Please join us as we welcome Alex Dimitrov and Donika Kelly to read from their astonishing new collections and answer your questions on craft in a engaging Q&A on Zoom. You may submit questions before the event to [email protected] and live on the zoom chat. Registration for this event is free. Donations (toward the poets' honoraria) are encouraged and greatly appreciated, but not required. Alex Dimitrov is the author of three books of poems, including Love and Other Poems (Copper…

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Editing & Revising Your “Finished Poems” for Publication with Justin Wymer on Zoom

May 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 6 tickets left

This 6-week class will meet on Thursdays at 5-7 PM EST via Zoom, beginning May 20th, and ending June 24th. Join poet and professor, Justin Wymer, as he conducts a six week version of his wildly popular one-day craft class on revising poems for publication. Every poem is a living thing, an experiment in feeling and image, an exploration of psyche, an artist’s creation—a perfect example of crystalized subjective experience. Because the eye of the critic (and journal editor) is notoriously subjective, it is impossible to predict…

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Open Mic

May 21 @ 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $5

Please note: until further notice, this event will meet online via Zoom.  Participants will receive Zoom login instructions in their registration receipt email. Please check your spam / promotions filter for this email at the time of your registration. Our Open Mic Nights are held from 7:30-9:30 pm on the 3rd Friday of each month. Virtual doors open at 7:20 pm for event starting at 7:30. Due to popular demand to participate, we’ve had to limit the amount of readers to 20. Free audience…

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The Art of Telling with Chen Chen via Zoom

May 22 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 5 tickets left

Typically, the principle of “Show, don’t tell” is sound advice for poets—we should aim to evoke and enact emotion, to surprise through imagery and sensory detail. In this generative workshop, though, we will explore how we might use “telling” in beautiful, unexpected, and politically engaged ways. We will examine modes and moods of “telling,” like the discursive, the aphoristic, the bold remembering, the conversationally witty, the necessarily strange challenge to the normative. Writing experiments will occur in between discussion of model poems. We will consider how it is often a fresh combination of…

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June 2021

English/Spanish Poetry Workshop with Silvina López Medin (via Zoom)

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$250 8 tickets left

This is a 4-week workshop. It begins on June 1 and ends on June 22nd. It will be conducted via Zoom. Link will be sent at the time of registration. Please check spam / promotions filter or email [email protected] with questions. // Este es un taller de 4 semanas. Comienza el 1 de junio y finaliza el 22 de junio. Se llevará a cabo a través de Zoom. El enlace se enviará en el momento de la inscripción. Consulte el…

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An Evening with Tiana Clark, Diane Seuss, and Page Hill Starzinger via Zoom

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $20 471 tickets left

This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Tiana Clark is the author of the poetry collection, I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Clark is a…

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The Art of Dramatic Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow via Zoom

June 4 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 8 tickets left
William Bigelow

This class will meet on Friday, June 4 for six Fridays, ending on July 9. This class will be taught online via Zoom. Zoom login information will be included in the email confirming class registration. Please check your spam filter for this email or write to [email protected] with any questions. This is a course designed for writers looking to create screenplays, stage plays, and teleplays for television shows. Paramount in this effort, we will focus on an approach which is necessary in…

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Craft Class: Writing Grief with Edward Hirsch via Zoom

June 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free 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 workshop options, please email [email protected] In honor of the much-awaited publication of 100 Poems to Break Your Heart by Edward Hirsch (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (March 30, 2021), the Hudson Valley Writers Center has asked Hirsch to teach a craft class on writing poems that transform grief into art.…

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Submission Sunday (via Zoom)

June 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 9 tickets left
a group of people at an open write session

Submission Sundays is a free service to members of HVWC. Space is limited so please reserve your spot. Until further notice, this group will meet online via Zoom. The host will email the Zoom link in the day leading up to the event. Please email [email protected] with any questions. One Sunday a month, 12:30-2:30 pm. Join host M.A. Scott for two hours of insider information on where and how to send your best work to literary journals. Members can reserve a seat at the…

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Monday Night Poetry with Alex Dimitrov (via Zoom)

June 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$250 5 tickets left

This is a 4-week class, occurring on 4 consecutive Mondays beginning June 7 ending on June 28 via Zoom. 6:30-9:00pm EST. HVWC is lucky to have award-winning Copper Canyon poet and editor, Alex Dimitrov, teaching our students again this summer. Don’t miss the opportunity to study with one of the best set of eyes in the poetry world! This class is not generative. It’s a workshop. This will be a rigorous class but you will also have fun. This class…

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Craft Class European Poetry in Translation with Edward Hirsch via Zoom

June 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free 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 workshop options, please email [email protected] Among other things, Edward Hirsch is known for his graduate class on European poetry in translation at NYU. He will adapt that class to a craft talk for us at the Hudson Valley Writers Center, on Zoom. This class will be capped at…

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Poetry and Spiritual Reflection with Suzanne Ironbiter via Zoom

June 12 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 8 tickets left

This one-day poetry intensive will meet on Saturday, June 12th from 12:30- 4:30 PM EST via Zoom. Login instructions will be emailed at the time of workshop registration. Please check spam filters or email [email protected] with questions. During the pandemic, many of us have had more occasion than usual to reflect on life and death. This workshop will focus on cultivating writing grounded in reflection from inside or outside a philosophical or religious tradition of teachings and practices. We will explore poems…

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Open Write (via Zoom)

June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 16 tickets left

Please join us for our warm and welcoming Open Write Nights, now recurring monthly on the Second Saturday of each month! Your hosts Michelle Thomas and Cassie Cartaginese will facilitate an evening of generative writing, story swapping and community building. This group will take place via Zoom. You will get Zoom login instructions when you receive your registration confirmation email. Open Write is $10 or FREE to members. If you are a member you should have received a coupon code…

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The Joy of Editing with Daniel Lawless & Frances Richey via Zoom

June 13 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 12 tickets left

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. Bring in a piece (up to one full page) that’s almost there, but perhaps has been rejected by one journal or more that you respect. The intention is to bring fresh…

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Erasure:  What Am I Missing? with Jennifer Sperry Steinorth via Zoom

June 13 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 11 tickets left

The literary form of erasure allows an artist to interrogate authors, history, power and collective consciousness via the transformation of textual artifacts. Some view this act as akin to the creation of graven images—destroying the “original work” of one author for the unoriginal and perhaps subpar work of another. But how might erasure create dynamics that cannot be achieved via other forms?  What can we discover from what we cover up? And what are we, as readers, to make of these…

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Writing, Revising, and Publishing Short Fiction with Beth Hahn via Zoom

June 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 6 tickets left

This will be held on six Tuesdays, from 5-7:30pm, beginning on June 15. Class will be taught online via Zoom. Zoom link will be sent via email at the time of registration. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. 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…

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Protected: A Meditation on the Poetry Manuscript Intensive (Wednesdays) with Jennifer Franklin via Zoom

NB: This a 3-week class meeting on Zoom, Wednesdays from 12:30pm to 3:00pm starting Wednesday June 16th and ending on Wednesday June 30th. In this class, we will talk about ways of putting together a poetry manuscript. Special attention will be paid to TOC, Titles, Length, Prologue Poems, Epigraphs, Notes. Each week, three students will address questions they are struggling with in the deep revision process. This class is designed for past and present students enrolled in Jennifer Franklin's YoYB:…

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Protected: A Meditation on the Poetry Manuscript: Three Week Intensive with Jennifer Franklin

NB: This a 3-week class meeting on Zoom, Friday 10:30am-1:00pm starting Friday June 18th and ending on Friday July 2nd. In this class, we will talk about ways of putting together a poetry manuscript. Special attention will be paid to TOC, Titles, Length, Prologue Poems, Epigraphs, Notes. Each week, three students will address questions they are struggling with in the deep revision process. This class is designed for the students currently enrolled in Jennifer Franklin's YoYB Class. Returning students must…

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Open Mic (via Zoom)

June 18 @ 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

Our Open Mic Nights are held from 7:30-9:30 pm on the 3rd Friday of each month. Virtual doors open at 7:20 pm for event starting at 7:30. Due to popular demand to participate, we’ve had to limit the amount of readers to 20. This event will meet online via Zoom.  Participants will receive Zoom login instructions in their registration receipt email. Please check your spam / promotions filter for this email at the time of your registration. Free audience members still…

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The Interior Landscape: a poetry intensive with Nathan McClain via Zoom

June 19 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 13 tickets left

Psychologist and poet Annie G. Rogers asserts, “Every sentence we speak is continually surrounded by what is not said and may in fact be unsayable... However, to hear the unsayable I had to consider words as revealing both a conscious narrative about experience and an unconscious one,” and while it’s wonderful that mental health and wellness has become a more openly discussed subject in society and art, so much of the experience remains almost unsayable.  There is a need, it…

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An evening with Sumita Chakraborty, Cortney Lamar Charleston, & Carey Salerno on Zoom

June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $20 499 tickets left

Join us for an evening of award-winning new poetry by Sumita Chakraborty (Arrow, Alice James Books), Cortney Lamar Charleston (Doppelgangbanger, Haymarket Books), and Carey Salerno (Tributary, Persea Books). This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Sumita Chakraborty is a poet, essayist, and scholar. Her debut collection of poetry, Arrow, was released in September 2020 with Alice James Books in the United…

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The Fire Songs: An Online Poetry Craft Class & Workshop with Marchant (via Zoom)

June 27 @ 12:30 pm
Free – $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 workshop options, please email [email protected] In many civilizations of the ancient world, fire was often thought to be one of the four elements of being. One can still see how central it is to our daily experience. Just think of all the fire, both literal and metaphorical, that…

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An Evening with Gretchen Primack & Tim Seibles on Zoom

June 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $15 497 tickets left

Gretchen Primack (Kind, Lantern Publishing & Media, 2021) and Tim Seibles (National Book Award finalist and former Poet Laureate of Virginia) will read from their most recent collections. They will also discuss Kind by Primack for which Seibles has written the forward. Registration for this event is free. Donations (toward the poets’ honoraria) are encouraged and greatly appreciated, but not required. This event will take place via Zoom. The link will be sent via email at the time of registration and again…

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July 2021

Protected: Memoir Writing Workshop (AM) with Susan Hodara Via Zoom

This is a 6-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 10:30am-12:45pm on July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10. 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…

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Protected: Memoir Writing Workshop (PM) with Susan Hodara Via Zoom

This is a 6-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 1:15-3:30pm on July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10. 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…

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Open Write (via Zoom)

July 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

Please join us for our warm and welcoming Open Write Nights, now recurring monthly on the Second Saturday of each month! Your hosts Michelle Thomas and Cassie Cartaginese will facilitate an evening of generative writing, story swapping and community building. This group will take place via Zoom. You will get Zoom login instructions when you receive your registration confirmation email. Open Write is $10 or FREE to members. If you are a member you should have received a coupon code you can…

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BASIC & BOLD—Uses of Contemporary Poetry Generative Workshop with Patricia Spears Jones on Zoom

July 11 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 11 tickets left

This Workshop is designed to engage participants with contemporary poets, many of whom are writers of color, and their different strategies to generate new work. The Workshop will be in two parts: #1.  Participants will look at poems in the packet and discuss the work of those poets with whom they unfamiliar.  #2.  We will use vocabulary from two or three of the poems to generate new work. We will use poems as catalyst for new works. Poems by Joy Harjo,…

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You Can Do It: A Poetry Workshop for Beginners, and Others with Suzanne Cleary via Zoom

July 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Our Writers’ Center community and neighbors have requested an Introduction to Poetry Writing workshop, and here it is! This workshop is an introduction to writing poetry, designed for those who are brand new to writing poetry, and also for those who want to reenergize their poems by revisiting the basics. With a focus on core poetic techniques, we will read model poems and use them as the basis for writing exercises and weekly assignments.  Expect a supportive circle of writers,…

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Six-Week Hybrid Workshop with Chris Campanioni via Zoom

July 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

We are thrilled to announce that Chris Campnioni has answered our students' request to expand his popular one-day hybrid intensives to a six week workshop! “Every life is the defense of a form,” wrote Susan Sontag in her notebook in March, 1979. “Form is the defense of every marginalized life,” I wrote in my notebook in February, 2017. Hybridity is the salve & salvo for those of us who have been marginalized, who exist in the margins, who exist in…

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YoYB: Poetry Wednesday Summer Session with Jennifer Franklin

July 14 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
$370 9 tickets left

NB: This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom, Wednesdays 12:30am-3:00pm starting Wednesday July 14th and ending Wednesday August 18th. 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 2021 and goes through the year. A combination…

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An Evening with Copper Canyon Poets Ellen Bass & Arthur Sze on Zoom

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $20 464 tickets left

This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Please note that the reading takes place from 7-8:30pm Eastern time. Ellen Bass’s newest collection, Indigo, was published by Copper Canyon Press in April 2020. Her other poetry books include Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love. Her poems appear  frequently in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and many other…

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YoYB: Poetry Friday Summer Session with Jennifer Franklin via Zoom

July 16 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
$370 10 tickets left

NB: This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom, Fridays 10:30am to 1:00pm starting Friday July 16th and ending Wednesday August 20th. 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 2021 and goes through the year.…

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Open Mic (via Zoom)

July 16 @ 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

Our Open Mic Nights are held from 7:30-9:30 pm on the 3rd Friday of each month. Virtual doors open at 7:20 pm for event starting at 7:30. Due to popular demand to participate, we’ve had to limit the amount of readers to 20. This event will meet online via Zoom.  Participants will receive Zoom login instructions in their registration receipt email. Please check your spam / promotions filter for this email at the time of your registration. Free audience members still need…

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On Plot Prose Intensive with Monica Ferrell via Zoom

July 17 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free – $99 16 tickets left

If events are pearls, plot is the string that holds them together. If each individual scene in your story is like a star illuminating the sky, plot is the constellation that connects them. One of the most challenging aspects of writing fiction—especially for those authors new to it—is structuring a plot where each action causes the next like a set of carefully-arranged dominoes falling. What makes a plot surprising or engaging? How does plot connect to character? In this craft…

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The Art of Dramatic Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow via Zoom

July 23 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
$320 8 tickets left
William Bigelow

This class will meet on Friday, July23 for six Fridays, ending on August 27. This class will be taught online via Zoom. Zoom login information will be included in the email confirming class registration. Please check your spam filter for this email or write to [email protected] with any questions. This is a course designed for writers looking to create screenplays, stage plays, and teleplays for television shows. Paramount in this effort, we will focus on an approach which is necessary in all…

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Write an Electric Ten-Minute Play with Barbara Blatner via Zoom

July 24 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 13 tickets left

Ten-minute play festivals abound. How do we write a really interesting ten-minute play that is not a skit, is shaped for maximum impact and becomes a full and fascinating experience for an audience? In this workshop, you will write a new ten-minute play and work to make it crackle with tension. You will first identify the core conflict you want to explore, then unfold in time your intensifying conflict by crafting what is called rising action. Writers of all levels…

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One Day Memoir Workshop with Susan Hodara via Zoom

July 24 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 6 tickets left
Susan Hodara

This is a one-day, four hour class that will be taught via Zoom. 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…

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First Moves, Last Moves: A Poetry Craft Class with Rebecca Morgan Frank (via Zoom)

July 25 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 11 tickets left

In his essay “The Figure a Poem Makes,” Robert Frost writes that a poem “begins in delight, it inclines to the impulse, it assumes direction with the first line laid down, it runs a course of lucky events, and ends in a clarification of life—not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.” But how do we discover first lines that keep us writing? How do we revise our first…

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An Evening with Silvina López Medin, Jennifer Militello, and Jennifer Stewart Miller on Zoom

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $20 499 tickets left

This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Silvina López Medin was born in Buenos Aires and lives in New York. Her books of poetry include: La noche de los bueyes (1999), winner of the Loewe Foundation International Young Poetry Prize, Esa sal en la lengua para decir manglar (2014), 62 brazadas (2015), and Excursion (2020) was selected by Mary…

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Midrash Workshop with Alicia Ostriker on Zoom

July 31 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 8 tickets left

Midrash writing is a modern adaptation of an ancient rabbinic form–retelling some of the compelling stories in the Bible, from the point of view of the characters. In workshop, we start by re-imagining Adam and Eve, then go on to more complicated tales, discovering what they can mean for us today. Participants work at speed—some exercises 1 minute, some exercises 7 minutes—in order to short-circuit mental censorship. Participants read their poems (or pass, if they are uncomfortable reading to a…

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August 2021

Intuitive Recollections: A Prose Workshop with Kofi Antwi via Zoom

August 1 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 14 tickets left

The Intuitive Recollections Workshop will challenge writers to reframe narratives through memories of one's personal experiences. During the four hours, writers will engage in establishing a distinct structure for prose writing. Writers will examine and discuss the text assigned. The prompts supplied by the workshop facilitator will serve as entry into the writer’s written work created in the workshop. Additionally, the instructor will offer an analysis of the in-workshop readings literary and poetic components, and feedback to writer’s work created during…

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Submission Sunday (via Zoom)

August 1 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free
a group of people at an open write session

Submission Sundays is a free service to members of HVWC. Space is limited so please reserve your spot. Until further notice, this group will meet online via Zoom. The host will email the Zoom link in the day leading up to the event. Please email [email protected] with any questions. One Sunday a month, 12:30-2:30 pm. Join host M.A. Scott for two hours of insider information on where and how to send your best work to literary journals. Members can reserve a seat at the…

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Dismantling Coloniality in Travel Writing with Bani Amor via Zoom

August 8 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 13 tickets left

Re-examine your approach to travel writing by turning critical analysis into literary praxis with genderqueer travel writer Bani Amor! This one-day intensive will take place on Sunday, August 8th, from 12:30 - 4:30 PM EST via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent via email after registration. Please check your spam/promotions folder. After centuries of exposure to travel literature told by a dominant voice, it’s natural for our writing to reflect these perspectives in coded (and not-so-coded) ways. As the…

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Beyond the Personal with Martha Collins via Zoom

August 14 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 12 tickets left

In the first hour of this workshop, I will discuss poems that extend beyond personal experience and into material that involves research (historical, social, nature-related, etc.) or current or recent events— without sacrificing personal involvement and feeling. The remainder of the workshop will be devoted to a discussion of your work. Please send a poem of no more than one page to me at [email protected] by August 5th. This class is capped at 12 students. It will take place via Zoom. Zoom link…

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Open Write (via Zoom)

August 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

Please join us for our warm and welcoming Open Write Nights, now recurring monthly on the Second Saturday of each month! Your hosts Michelle Thomas and Cassie Cartaginese will facilitate an evening of generative writing, story swapping and community building. This group will take place via Zoom. You will get Zoom login instructions when you receive your registration confirmation email. Open Write is $10 or FREE to members. If you are a member you should have received a coupon code you can…

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An Evening of Prose with Paisley Rekdal & Carol Edgarian (via Zoom)

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $10 496 tickets left

This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Paisley Rekdal  is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee;  the hybrid photo-text memoir, Intimate; and five books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos; Six Girls Without Pants; The Invention of the Kaleidoscope; Animal Eye, a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize;…

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Open Mic (via Zoom)

August 20 @ 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

Our Open Mic Nights are held from 7:30-9:30 pm on the 3rd Friday of each month. Virtual doors open at 7:20 pm for event starting at 7:30. Due to popular demand to participate, we’ve had to limit the amount of readers to 20. This event will meet online via Zoom.  Participants will receive Zoom login instructions in their registration receipt email. Please check your spam / promotions filter for this email at the time of your registration. Free audience members still need…

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The Art of Voice with Claire Jimenez via Zoom

August 22 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 12 tickets left

What is voice? And how do we render it on the page. In this one-day workshop, not only will we look at the work of fiction writers such as Grace Paley and Toni Cade Bambara, but we will also examine what tools we can borrow from poets to create strong voices in our stories. We will discuss craft, do generative writing, and share some work. There are two Altman POC Scholarships given on a first come, first served basis. There…

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September 2021

Danger and Daring: Lyric Essay Workshop with Tyler Mills via Zoom

September 18 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free – $99 14 tickets left

In this two-hour workshop, you will brainstorm, write, and receive verbal feedback on a brand-new lyric essay in the spirit of danger. How can a single sentence become an essay? How can we draw from the pulse of poetry to write nonfiction narrative? And in what ways can the lyric essay as a genre allow us to fling back the curtain from what haunts a scene and approach it face-on? This generative session is open to essayists and poets of…

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The Sound of Finding: A Workshop by Janice Lowe via Zoom

September 18 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 15 tickets left

This workshop explores writing as a multi-media entity, offers exciting ground for collage, remixing, experimentation and is, in a Dadaist sense, a portrait of the writer and the times. Explore hybrid, multi-media texts by twentieth- and twenty-first-century writer-performers, social justice activists, musicians and installation artists. Grow your audio and video assemblage practice by experimenting with found language, found sound and cross-genre collaboration. Play with possibilities of music-text-video interaction. Increasingly, the collection of digital media is a daily practice. How can these…

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The Joy of Editing with Daniel Lawless & Frances Richey via Zoom

September 19 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 12 tickets left

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. Bring in a piece (up to one full page) that’s almost there, but perhaps has been rejected by one journal or more that you respect. The intention is to bring fresh…

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How to Tell the Story of Your Life with Danielle Trussoni via Zoom

September 25 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 13 tickets left

NB: This class will take place via Zoom. You have a personal story to tell. Now what? After you’ve made the decision to write about a personal experience, it can be difficult to know what form will best serve that story. Fiction, memoir, narrative essay – all of these forms are possibilities, and all have specific strengths and weaknesses that might support your narrative in different ways. The question is: What form is right for your story. This workshop will…

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October 2021

Flash Fiction: Create a Moment, Create a World with Helen Phillips on Zoom

October 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free – $124 14 tickets left

How can I evoke a world/situation/character/emotion swiftly and potently? This is a question that fiction writers are always asking, but flash fiction brings particular urgency to it. Participants will examine samples of contemporary flash fiction, and then experiment with the form themselves. We will consider questions such as: How can a piece achieve arc and resonance in such a short space? How does one attain the precision of language essential to this form? What can this form offer the reader…

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The Voice in Stereo: Collaborative Poetry Workshop with Kendra DeColo and Tyler Mills (via Zoom)

October 30 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free – $124 15 tickets left

In this two-hour workshop, you will think about how the music, imagery, myth, and stories of two poets can unify into poems in stereo. How can a poem be truly collaborative yet read like a coherent whole? How can we trust the poem to come to life when we write in a team? What are some nuts and bolts considerations about process when writing with a peer? This session is open to poets who want to collaborate and don't yet…

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