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August 2021

HVWC Prose Instructors’ Reading on Zoom: Bricklebank, Chiu, Hahn, and Vatner

August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $25 483 tickets left

Join us as we welcome four of our core prose instructors of the Hudson Valley Writers Center as they read from their latest work on Zoom. Peter Bricklebank has published in The American Voice, Carolina Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Kansas Quarterly, Confrontation, Fiction, The New York Times Book Review and The Chicago Tribune, et al.. His chapter on essay/memoir appears in The Portable MFA. He has taught at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, and elsewhere, including a year as Nonfiction…

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“I Have Got to Stop Loving You:” A Poetry Workshop with Rosebud Ben-Oni via Zoom

August 7 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 9 tickets left

"Wishing I could get out of this alive," Ai writes in “I Have Got to Stop Loving You" as she reflects on a troubled relationship, "I hug myself./It is hard to remember if he suffered much." In this workshop, students will generate new work by exploring the intersections of heartbreak and sacrifice alongside unbridled joy and euphoria that complex relationships can yield. We will also read work from contemporary authors like Jericho Brown, Richard Siken and Safiya Sinclair. This class will…

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Dismantling Coloniality in Travel Writing with Bani Amor via Zoom

August 8 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 5 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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An Evening with Jennifer Jean, Barbara Ras, and Heidi Seaborn via Zoom

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $25 483 tickets left

Please join us as we welcome three award-winning, fierce feminist poets—Jennifer Jean, Barbara Was, and Heidi Seaborn—to read from their wonderful new collections and to answer your questions on craft in a engaging Q&A on Zoom. You may submit questions before the event to [email protected] or live in the zoom chat. Registration for this event is free. Donations (toward the poets’ honoraria) are encouraged and greatly appreciated, but not required. Jennifer Jean’s poetry collections include Object Lesson (Lily Books) and…

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Workshop in Pure Critique with Peter Bricklebank via Zoom

August 12 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370.00 7 tickets left

This class will run on 6 Thursdays from 9:30am – 12noon beginning on Thursday August 12. Class will take place via Zoom. Link will be sent via email at the time of workshop registration (please check spam filters and email [email protected] with any questions or if the link isn’t received). Open to writers of all ages and genres. Whether writing in a garret, ivory tower, or a fever pitch of blind faith, at some point a writer needs to see…

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Beyond the Personal with Martha Collins via Zoom

August 14 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 2 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
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 18 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 you can…

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Because I Said So: When Ambiguity & Authority Conspire with Jennifer Sperry Steinorth via Zoom

August 15 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 7 tickets left

or…What Can Happen When Your Mother Writes The Poem Who hasn’t written—perhaps too many times to count— the overly-ambiguous poem? We may have attempted to employ ambiguity intentionally, repressing aspects of narrative we wish to avoid, gravities we haven’t yet defined—only to find our readers can’t find the there there. In this class we’ll examine the relationship between ambiguity & the authoritative posture in poems that successfully leave us guessing. Reviewing work by Terrance Hayes, Valerie Martinez, Mark Halliday, Wislawa…

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

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $10 480 tickets left

This reading will take place via Zoom.The Zoom link will be emailed at the time of registration and again on the day of the reading. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Donations toward the readers' honoraria are greatly appreciated.   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…

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Open Mic (via Zoom)

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

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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Writing the Ekphrastic Poem: Transforming the Visual into Words with Philip F. Clark via Zoom

August 21 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 10 tickets left

The art of the ekphrastic poem — inspired by painting, photography, cinema, and sculpture —has a long and important history, from such great poets such as Lord Byron, Shelley, Keats, William Carlos Williams, Wislawa Symborksa, Elizabeth Bishop, Molly Peacock, and A.E.Stallings. It continues to be a thriving poetic genre, a collaboration of two arts. In this workshop, we will study some of the best examples of ekphrastic poetry and the art that inspires it. We will discuss the creative process…

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The Art of Voice with Claire Jimenez via Zoom

August 22 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 9 tickets left

What is voice? And how do we render it on the page. In this one-day multi-genre 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.…

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Writing Riveting Fiction with Erin Kate Ryan via Zoom

August 28 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 13 tickets left

Your story doesn’t have to be action or thriller to keep your readers hooked. Employing an interior logic of tension and momentum, you can write even the most intimate, domestic story into a page-turner. Over four hours, this course will give you eight methods for keeping readers engaged in your story from beginning to end, and to keep your story from sagging in the middle. We’ll look to contemporary writers for strong examples of each method, and incorporate free writing…

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A Metic Workshop for Poets with Nick Makoha via Zoom

August 29 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 12 tickets left

An engaging and provoking poetry masterclass with Nick Makoha, winner of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015. It explores the Black Metic Experience of poets and investigates how writers in exile are differentiated from natives. As a writer in exile himself, Nick uses Metic to explain the phenomena experienced by black writers in the UK and the US. The aim is to investigate each participants’ own unique Metic experience. A metic is an individual whose allegiances are split between…

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September 2021

Year of Your Book: Fiction with Jonathan Vatner (via Zoom)

September 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320.00 8 tickets left

This is a 6-week class meeting Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30pm, starting Thursday, September 2 and ending on October 7. This class will be taught online via Zoom. Login details will be sent via email from the instructor a few days before class begins. Class needs 4 students to run, with a maximum enrollment of 8 students. Please email [email protected] with questions. How long have you been saying you want to write a book? Let 2021 be the year you do…

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Year of Your Book: Poetry Manuscript (Wednesday Class) with Jennifer Franklin, Fall #1 (via Zoom)

September 8 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 8 tickets left

This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom, Wednesday 12:30pm-3:00pm starting Wednesday September 8th and ending on Friday October 27th. NB: This class will NOT meet on Wednesday September 29th & Wednesday October 13th.  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…

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YoYB: Poetry Manuscript with Jennifer Franklin (Friday), Fall Session #1 (via Zoom)

September 10 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 8 tickets left

This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom, Friday 10:30am-1:00pm starting Friday September 10th and ending Friday October 29th. NB: Class will NOT be held on Friday October 1st and Friday October 15th.  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…

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

September 10 @ 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, September 10 for six Fridays, ending on October 15. 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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How to Write Characters Who Live and Breathe with Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond (via Zoom)

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

“Don’t write about a character. Become that character, and then write your story.” -Ethan Canin What does it take to create characters so real you can almost feel their presence as you read? In this 4-hour workshop, through group examination of the characters in Oyinkan Braithwaite's My Sister, the Serial Killer (excerpts will be provided), we will: Review the character types and archetypes who populate most narratives Discuss characters who don't breathe i.e. the entities in a story that are not living, but take on a life…

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

September 12 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 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. 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 we have within and around…

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Monday Night Poetry Workshop with Patrick Donnelly via Zoom

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 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 poetry workshop options, please email [email protected] We’ll gather to consider poems that you’ve already written, an opportunity to receive response and to give it. Our goal is to become the best “noticers” we can be, “people on whom nothing is lost,” as Henry James put it. Our primary…

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

Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you will read aloud and receive constructive feedback. Writers at all levels of accomplishment, and with projects both full-length and short-form, are welcome. This is a 6-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 10:30am-12:45pm on September 14, 21,…

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

Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you will read aloud and receive constructive feedback. Writers at all levels of accomplishment, and with projects both full-length and short-form, are welcome. This is a 6-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 1:15pm-3:45pm on September 14, 21,…

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

September 18 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free – $99 11 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
$124 12 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 10 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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Prose Intensive with Tariq Shah via Zoom

September 19 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 11 tickets left

This class will be a combination of craft discussion, generative writing, and workshopping. NB: This class is capped at 15 and will be taught on Zoom. You will receive the link as soon as you register for class and in a reminder email the morning of the class. It will be sent to the email address you use to register. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive it within five minutes. Tariq Shah, born and raised in…

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

This is a 8-week class meeting online via ZOOM Wednesdays 3-5 pm on Sep 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 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,…

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An Evening with Major Jackson, Peter Filkins, and Jessica Cuello via Zoom

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $250 500 tickets left

Please join us on Zoom for the launch of the HVWC reading series! We are thrilled to welcome Major Jackson, Peter Filkins, and Jessica Cuello as they read from their latest collections. 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.) Donations toward the readers’ honoraria are much appreciated. Major Jackson is a poet, professor, and the author of three…

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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 11 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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A Celebration of Local Authors with Ira Rosen, Lori Toppel, and Alan Winnikoff

September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $25 20 tickets left

The Board and Staff of HVWC are thrilled to welcome our local community to our first in-person reading since February 2020. We are happy to hold this event in person in accordance with the current state and CDC health guidelines. We will be asking attendees to show proof of vaccination and are pleased to report that HVWC will have a retrofitted HVAC system at the time of this reading. Join us for a celebration of our talented local prose writers: Alan…

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October 2021

Generative Workshop & Craft Class with John James via Zoom

October 3 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 12 tickets left

John James is the author of The Milk Hours, selected by Henri Cole for the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize (Milkweed, 2019). He is also the author of Chthonic, winner of the 2014 CutBank Chapbook Award. His poems appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, PEN America, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. A digital collagist, his image-text experiments appear in Quarterly West, The Adroit Journal, and LIT. Also a scholar, John writes on poetry and poetics from 1740 to the present. He has presented papers at Yale University, the University…

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An Evening with Patricia Spears Jones, Allison Joseph, and Catherine Pond (via Zoom)

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 500 tickets left

We are thrilled to welcome Patricia Spears Jones, Allison Joseph, and Catherine Pond as they read from their latest collections. 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.) Donations toward the readers’ honoraria are much appreciated. Patricia Spears Jones is a poet, writer, playwright, cultural critic, and winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. She is…

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

October 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free – $124 10 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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One Day Memoir Workshop with Susan Hodara via Zoom

October 16 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 12 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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Subversion and Subconscious: Generative Verse Through Meditative Practice with Julie E. Bloemeke via Zoom

October 17 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$99 15 tickets left

“…The poet shows how the invisible is more real than the visible—that the visible is merely a late outcome of an invisible reality that rules us the way the subconscious rules us.  Our dreamscape is larger and rules us more than this waking state.  Beyond the dreamscape there is another consciousness...” --Li Young Lee for Kenyon Review  Feeling mired in your writing practice?  Open to challenging how your poems get to the page?  Join us for a generative workshop where we will cultivate space for the…

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Poetry Workshop with January Gill O’Neil via Zoom

October 24 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 8 tickets left

NB: This four-hour workshop will be taught on Zoom. It will be capped at 12 students. January Gill O'Neil is an associate professor at Salem State University, and the author of Rewilding (2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), all published by CavanKerry Press. From 2012-2018, she served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and currently serves on the boards of AWP, Mass Poetry, and Montserrat College of Art. The recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural…

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SHP Presents: An Evening with Liz Ahl, Spree MacDonald, Lillo Way, and Jianqing Zheng (via Zoom)

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 500 tickets left

Please join us on Zoom for the launch of the SHP fall reading series! We are thrilled to welcome four Slapering Hol Press contest winners as they read from their latest collections. 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.) Donations toward the readers’ honoraria are much appreciated. Liz Ahl is the author of Beating the Bounds (Hobblebush Books, 2017),…

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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
$124 12 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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Flash Memoir with CMarie Fuhrman via Zoom

October 30 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 12 tickets left

This workshop is for creative nonfiction and memoir writers. Details to follow. This class will be taught online using Zoom. Login instructions will be emailed at the time of workshop registration. Please check spam filters or email [email protected] with questions. CMarie Fuhrman is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems (Floodgate 2020) and co-editor of Native Voices (Tupelo 2019). She has published poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals including Emergence Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish Review, Broadsided Press, Taos International Journal of Poetry and Art, as well as several…

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November 2021

Tues AM Memoir with Susan Hodara (via Zoom)

November 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
$267
Susan Hodara

Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you will read aloud and receive constructive feedback. Writers at all levels of accomplishment, and with projects both full-length and short-form, are welcome. This is a 5-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 10:30am-12:45pm on November 2, 9,…

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Tues PM Memoir with Susan Hodara (via Zoom)

November 2 @ 1:15 pm - 3:45 pm
$267
Susan Hodara

Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you will read aloud and receive constructive feedback. Writers at all levels of accomplishment, and with projects both full-length and short-form, are welcome. This is a 5-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 1:15pm-3:45pm on November 2, 9,…

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YoYB: Poetry Manuscript with Jennifer Franklin Fall Session #2 Wednesday 2021 (via Zoom)

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

This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom, Wednesday 12:30pm-3:00pm starting Wednesday November 3rd and ending Friday December 15th. NB: Class will NOT be held on Wednesday November 24th.  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…

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YoYB: Poetry Manuscript (Friday) Fall Session #2 2021 with Jennifer Franklin (via Zoom)

November 5 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
$370 10 tickets left

This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom, Friday 10:30am-1:00pm starting Friday November 5th and ending Friday December 17th. NB: Class will NOT be held on Friday November 26th for Thanksgiving weekend.  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…

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Generative Poetry Workshop with Safia Jama via Zoom

November 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$99 12 tickets left

Join Safia Jama as she guides you through prompts and exercises to unlock your autumnal creative energy. NB: This class will be capped at 15 and taught on Zoom. Safia Jama was born to a Somali father and an Irish American mother in Queens, New York. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, she has published poetry in Ploughshares, RHINO, Cagibi, Boston Review, Spoken Black Girl and No, Dear. Her poetry has also been featured on WNYC’s Morning Edition and CUNY TV’s…

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16th Annual Slapering Hol Press War & Peace Reading

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 400 tickets left

Join the Slapering Hol Press Advisory Committee as they commemorate Veterans Day with a Hudson Valley Writers Center reading via Zoom. This reading will take place via Zoom. Please register to get the Zoom link which will be sent immediately at the time of registration via email. Please check your spam filter and email [email protected] with any questions. This reading is FREE though donations are greatly appreciated!

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Diving Deep / Explorations in Memoir & Creative Nonfiction with Mindy Lewis via Zoom

November 13 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 9 tickets left

Imagine a duck gliding across a pristine lake, following the currents, nibbling at specks on the surface. Suddenly, it dives down, disappearing from view, and resurfaces minutes later to resume its journey. Join me and fellow writers on a shared journey to dive deep down to explore the essential themes of your life's stories that can be the underpinnings of structure. We will harness elements of craft—sensory details, compelling language, evocative imagery, scene, dialogue, inner voice—to create, share, and discuss…

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Generative Poetry Workshop with Kofi Antwi via Zoom

November 14 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 10 tickets left

This class will be held on Zoom. Login instructions will arrive via email as soon as you register to whatever email address you use to register. Please check your spam or promotions folder and save the zoom link. Please email [email protected] with any questions. Kofi Antwi is an African American poet, English professor, and graduate of St. Joseph’s College MFA Creative Writing program. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island by parents of Ghanaian descent. Kofi’s poetry has…

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An Afternoon with Kathleen Ossip, Amanda Moore, and Jordan Franklin (via Zoom)

November 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $25 549 tickets left

Please join us on Zoom as we welcome Kathleen Ossip, Amanda Moore, and Jordan Franklin they read from their latest collections. 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]ter.org with any questions.) Donations toward the readers’ honoraria are much appreciated. Kathleen Ossip's new collection July (Sarabande, 2021) has gotten press in Poets & Writers, Library Journal, NPR, and Ms. She is the author of The Do-Over,…

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Craft Class with David Baker via Zoom

November 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$124 16 tickets left

This craft talk will focus on poems by Dickinson, Gregerson, and Sharif. It will explore overt and hidden forms. There will be prompts based on the poems and the discussion. More details to follow! NB: This is not a workshop it is a craft talk and will be taught via Zoom and will be capped at 20. David Baker is a poet, educator, editor, and literary critic.  He was born in 1954 in Bangor, Maine, grew up in Jefferson City,…

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Finding Your Master Narrative with Kim Barnes via Zoom

November 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$124 15 tickets left

Who am I, and why? Just as is the case with fiction writers and their characters, this is the question that writers of personal nonfiction must ask of themselves. “What we are is stories,” William Kittredge writes. “We do things because of what we call character, and our character is formed by the stories we learn to live in. Late in the night we listen to our own breathing in the dark and rework our stories…reinventing reasons for our lives….…

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December 2021

An Evening with Bethany Ball & Jai Chakrabarti

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25.00 350 tickets left

Join us to hear an astonishing evening of fiction from two Westchester novelists as Bethany Ball returns to read at the Hudson Valley Writers Center with her new novel, The Pessimists (Grove 2021). Debut novelist, Jai Chakrabarti, will read from A Play for the End of the World (Knopf, 2021). About Bethany Ball's The Pessimists Welcome to small town Connecticut, a place whose inhabitants seem to have it all — the status, the homes, the money, and the ennui. There’s…

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January 2022

An Evening with Kerrin McCadden, Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, and Angela Narciso Torres

January 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 499 tickets left

Join us as we welcome three award-winning poets to read from their new collections. Tickets are free but donations towards the poets' honoraria are appreciated. This event will be on Zoom. Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes (New Issues, 2014), Keep This To Yourself (Button Poetry, 2020), and American Wake (Black Sparrow Press, 2021). Her first book won the inaugural Vermont Book Award in 2015. A recent National Endowment for the Arts fellowship awardee, McCadden’s poems have appeared in Best American…

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