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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August 2019

YoYB: Deep Revision with Kirsten Bakis

August 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$110 11 tickets left

This is a two-week class that starts August 19th and ends August 26th. This class is the advanced version of Kirsten Bakis’ popular Year of Your Book class. This course is designed for students who either have a first draft of a novel or a collection of short stories or the who are almost finished with a manuscript and need help with the deep revision process. You do not have to have taken a class at the center before. New…

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YoYB: Fiction with Kirsten Bakis

August 21 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$160 11 tickets left

This a 3-week class meeting Wednesdays 10:15am-12:15pm on Aug 21, 28, Sept 4 How long have you been saying you want to write a book? How much longer do you have to wait? Whether you have a partial draft, or just an idea and the desire to write, this class can help you reach that goal. In-class work will hone specific skills such as dialogue, scene construction, plot and structure; generative exercises will help you reconnect with your sense of…

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September 2019

Page-Turning Fiction with Joanne Dobson

September 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 12 tickets left
Joanne Dobson

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 can benefit from that special “can’t-put-it-down” magic.

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Monday Night Poetry with Amy Holman

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

This a 6-week class meeting Mondays 6:30-9pm from September 9th-October 14th 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…

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Year of Your Book: Fiction, Deep Revision

September 9 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 11 tickets left

This a 6-week class meeting Mondays 10:15am-12:15pm from September 9th-October 14th. Students must send ten pages to [email protected] to apply. How long have you been saying you want to write a book? How much longer do you have to wait? Whether you have a partial draft, or just an idea and the desire to write, this class can help you reach that goal. In-class work will hone specific skills such as dialogue, scene construction, plot and structure; generative exercises will…

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Essay Writing with Herbert Hadad

September 9 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 12 tickets left

NB: This is a 6-week class meeting Mondays 12:30-2:30pm from September 9th-October 14th. Make-up date: October 21st. Herbert Hadad is an award-winning essayist and former reporter for The New York Times, New York Post and Boston Globe who retired recently as a press liaison for the U.S. Department of Justice. Hadad is the author of “Finding Immortality: The Raising of One American Family” and is at work on a second non-fiction book. He has conducted his workshop at HVWC for…

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Memoir Writing with Susan Hodara, AM Class

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

NB: This a 6-week class meeting Tuesdays 10:30am-12:45pm on Sept 10, Sept 17, Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5 Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you will read aloud and receive constructive feedback. Writers at all levels of accomplishment, and with projects both full-length and short-form, are…

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Memoir Writing with Susan Hodara, PM Class

September 10 @ 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 Sold out
Susan Hodara

This a 6-week class meeting Tuesdays 1:15-3:30pm on Sept 10, Sept 17, Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5 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.

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Writing a Thriller with Beth Hahn

September 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 12 tickets left

Beth Hahn is one of HVWC's most popular instructors. She is an engaged, generous teacher and she has an incredible track record of helping students get their work published.   Come learn the foundations about writing a thriller.   Beth Hahn is the author of the novel THE SINGING BONE (Regan Arts, 2016). Her work has been published in CRAFT Literary, Necessary Fiction, and the UK’s Platypus Press Shorts series.   ❖ Read the Kirkus review of THE SINGING BONE…

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YoYB: Fiction with Kirsten Bakis

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

This a 6-week class meeting Wednesdays 10:15am-12:15pm from September 11th-Ocotber 16th. How long have you been saying you want to write a book? How much longer do you have to wait? Whether you have a partial draft, or just an idea and the desire to write, this class can help you reach that goal. In-class work will hone specific skills such as dialogue, scene construction, plot and structure; generative exercises will help you reconnect with your sense of creative play;…

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YoYB: Deep Revision Poetry with Jennifer Franklin

September 11 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 6 tickets left
Jennifer Franklin

NB: This a 6-week class, Wednesdays 12:30pm-3pm. It starts on Wednesday September 11 and ends on Wednesday October 16. New students must send work to [email protected] Part 5 of a year-long class. You have written the first draft of your full-length collection. Now, we need to order all 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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Creating Hyperrealities with Shane Cashman

September 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 15 tickets left

NB: This is a six week class. It will start on Wednesday September 11th and end on Wednesday October 16th. Make-up week is Wednesday October 23rd. The second session will begin on Wednesday October 30th. The focus of this course will be to sharpen and harness our senses through journaling, freewriting, daydreaming, people-watching, sketching, and more. All ways in which we can add many depths to our writing as we translate our ideas onto the page—no matter the genre—so that we…

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Writing, Revising, and Publishing Short Fiction with Beth Hahn

September 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 12 tickets left

NB: This is a six-week class that starts on Wednesday September 11th and ends on Wednesday October 16th. Writing, Revising, and Publishing Short Fiction: In this six-week workshop, take your short stories from first to final draft. Gain a deeper understanding of revision through in-class critiques and writing exercises. Experiment with short story forms. Read and discuss work from literary journals. Finally, learn how to craft a cover letter and navigate the submission process. All levels of fiction writers are…

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YoYB: Poetry Manuscript

September 13 @ 10:45 am - 1:15 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 7 tickets left
Jennifer Franklin

NB: This is a six-week workshop. New students must submit ten pages of a manuscript to [email protected] The class starts on Friday September 13th and ends on Friday October 18th. How long have you been saying that you want to compile all of your polished poems into a full-length collection? How much longer do you have to wait? A combination of workshopping new and old poems and deep revision, serious critique, deadlines, and mutual support, the goal is a solid…

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Writing for the Stage, Screen, and Television

September 13 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 12 tickets left
William Bigelow

This is a 6-week class meeting Fridays 1:30-3:30pm from September 13th-October 18th. 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…

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An Evening with Nick Flynn & Killdeer

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 61 tickets left

Join Nick Flynn & the band Killdeer as they kick off the Fall 2019 Reading series and celebrate the launch of Flynn's new poetry collection, I Will Destroy You (Graywolf Press, 2019). “What is there to say when a book is such absolute perfection—beauty, grief, and redemption—that it literally takes all words and air from the mouth?”—Jacqueline Woodson Beginning with a poem called “Confessional” and ending with a poem titled “Saint Augustine,” I Will Destroy You interrogates the potential of…

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I Am Not a Real Writer with Kirsten Bakis

September 14 @ 10:00 am
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 12 tickets left

Please note that this is a six-week class. The class will start on Saturday September 14th and end on Saturday October 19th. “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 else. No experience required. Through exploratory exercises, light…

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Mapping the Plot with Kirsten Bakis

September 14 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 15 tickets left

This one-day class is back by popular demand. Kirsten Bakis will help you map the plot of your novel in progress. Open to writers of all levels.

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

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 17 tickets left
Lynne Lori Sylvan

NB: This is a six-week class that starts on Sunday September 15th and ends on Sunday October 20th. 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 insight about…

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In Praise of the Praise Poem with JP Howard

September 21 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 14 tickets left

In Praise of The Praise Poem with JP Howard  In this generative workshop, we will explore the praise poem, using multiple prompts to reimagine how to praise objects, people, emotions, art, poetry and of course ourselves. Questions explored as we work our way into these praise poems include: How is the personal political? How can we successfully weave our complicated pasts into these poems? What kind of poetic forms can we use to create praise poems? We will write a…

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An Evening with Sean Thomas Doughtery, Jeffrey McDaniel, and Michelle Whittaker

September 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 69 tickets left

Sean Thomas Dougherty has written or edited over seventeen books, most recently The Second O of Sorrow (BOA Editions, 2018), winner of the 2019 Paterson Poetry Prize. His awards include a Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans and an appearance in Best American Poetry. Known for his dynamic readings, he has performed at hundreds of venues, universities, and festivals including the Dodge Poetry Festival, the Old Dominion Literary Festival, and a tour across Albania and Macedonia sponsored by the US State Department. He…

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An Evening with Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs & Richard Foerster

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 67 tickets left

Nickole Brown received her MFA from Vermont College, studied literature at Oxford University, and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She worked at Sarabande Books for ten years. Her first collection, Sister, a novel-in-poems, was published in 2007 by Red Hen Press and was reissued by Sibling Rivalry Press in October 2018. Her second book, a biography-in-poems called Fanny Says, came out from BOA Editions in 2015. She won Rattle's 2018 Chapbook Contest—To Those Who Were Our First Gods was…

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Promoting Your First Collection with Jessica Jacobs & Nickole Brown

September 28 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 20 tickets left

Promoting Your First Book of Poems  A practical talk about what it takes to get a book out into the world and the steps debut authors might need to take should their first publisher be an independent with limited marketing resources. For ten years Nickole Brown served at publicist for Sarabande, worked as publicist for Arktoi Books, is now Editor of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series. Jessica Jacobs worked as a Senior Acquisitions Editor at Wiley and now serves as…

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Writing in the Age of Loneliness: Eco-Literature & the Writer’s Task with Nickole Brown

September 29 @ 2:30 am - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$100 12 tickets left

We are now in the throes of a sixth mass extinction of plants and animals. Some call it the Antropocene, but biologist E.O. Wilson said it may be called by scientists and poets alike the Eremozoic, meaning “The Age of Loneliness.” If we take the worries of climate change and habitat destruction seriously—and in this lonely age potentially bereft of our fellow creatures—how can we help but feel an incapacitating sense of hopelessness that threatens to render things like literature…

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Blah, Blah, Love: Pushing Past Clichés in Love Poems with Jessica Jacobs

September 29 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States

So much of our self-definition rests on who we love and desire, as well as all those loves lost. But when trying to translate those honest sentences—"I love you," "I want you"—into a poem, so much of the meaning is lost in the sad static of cliché and unearned sentimentality. Drawing on the poems of writers like Dorianne Laux, Matthew Olzmann, and Sharon Olds, this workshop will help you ground your love poems in the rough, vibrant texture of the…

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October 2019

An Evening with Margo Taft Stever, Suzanne Cleary, and Arthur Sze

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 69 tickets left

Margo Taft Stever’s poetry collections include Cracked Piano (CavanKerry Press, 2019); Ghost Moose (Kattywompus Press, 2019); The Lunatic Ball (Kattywompus Press, 2015); The Hudson Line (Main Street Rag, 2012); Frozen Spring (Mid-List Press First Series Award, 2002) and Reading the Night Sky (Riverstone Press Poetry Chapbook Competition, 1996). She co-authored Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to China (Zhejiang University Press, 2012). Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Verse Daily; Prairie Schooner; “poem-a-day” on poets.org, Academy of American Poets; upstreet; Plume; and Salamander. She is founder of the Hudson Valley…

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Writing Nature with Larry Weaner, a collaboration with Teatown

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 69 tickets left

Larry Weaner is an icon in the world of ecological landscape design, and now his revolutionary approach is available to all gardeners. Garden Revolution shows how an ecological approach to planting can lead to beautiful gardens that buck much of conventional gardening’s counter-productive, time-consuming practices. Instead of picking the wrong plant and then constantly tilling, weeding, irrigating, and fertilizing, Weaner advocates for choosing plants that are adapted to the soil and climate of a specific site and letting them naturally evolve over…

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Humor Writing Class with Patricia Marx

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

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

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Advanced Memoir with Susan Hodara

October 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 2 tickets left
Susan Hodara

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

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

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left

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

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November 2019

An Evening with Susan Choi & Helen Phillips

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left

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

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

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left
Slapering Hol Press logo

Eight local poets and writers will read original work responding to war and resistance in current events, art, and history. Submit your original published or unpublished work to [email protected] Pamela Hart is author of the award-winning collection, Mothers over Nangarhar ,published in 2019 by Sarabande Books. She  is writer-in-residence at the Katonah Museum of Art where she manages and teaches an arts-in-education program. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship as well as a fellowship from the…

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Annual Benefit Gala 2019

November 22 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tappan Hill Mansion, 4206, 81 Highland Avenue
Tarrytown, NY 10591 United States
$150 – $2500 200 tickets left

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

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December 2019

SHP Presents: MFA Spotlight

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left
Slapering Hol Press logo

Six emerging poets from the Hunter, Manhattanville, and NYU MFA programs will read their work.

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An Evening with Lauren Acampora & Sandra Newman

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left

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

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