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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December 2020

One Two Three Four: Stanza and Line with Martha Collins (via Zoom)

December 5 @ 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! 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 four-hour workshop will begin with an hour-long discussion of several free-verse poems, with attention to their stanzas (one-line, couplet, tercet, quatrain) and lines (end-stopped and/or enjambed). In addition to giving you some ideas for crafting new poems, this discussion may provide focus…

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Working with What You’ve Got: Using Memory and Family History as Source Material for Fiction with Lena Valencia on Zoom

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

In this generative class, we'll explore ways in which you can adapt memory and family lore into characters, scenes, and stories. Through a series of writing exercises and readings, we'll focus on building well-rounded characters, creating settings, and crafting strong, compelling dialogue. Students will have the opportunity to share the work they do in class and receive feedback from the group and the instructor. This class is appropriate for fiction writers of all levels. NB: This class will be on…

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An Evening with Lynn Emanuel, Lucia LoTempio, and Lauren Russell on Zoom

December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $25 391 tickets left

Join us as Lynn Emanuel, Lucia LoTempio, and Lauren Russell read from their most recent collections and talk about craft in a lively Q&A. This reading is free on Zoom. Donations are encouraged and appreciated. Lynn Emanuel is the author of five books of poetry, Hotel Fiesta, The Dig, Then, Suddenly—, Noose and Hook, and, most recently, The Nerve of It: Poems New and Selected. Her work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Poetry numerous times and…

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January 2021

Year of Your Book: Wednesday Poetry with Jennifer Franklin, Winter/Spring #1 2021

January 6, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 7 tickets left

NB: This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom, Wednesdays 12:30am-3:00pm starting Wednesday January 6th and ending  Wednesday February 10th. 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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Poetry as Thought, Craft with Sean Singer via Zoom

January 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 5 tickets left

Stanley Kunitz said that writing poetry is one of the hardest, most life-affirming things a person can do. Taken seriously, it is not a specific repertoire or academic exercise, but a way of life. This six-week craft class will focus on what I’ve learned about poetic craft so far in my life of reading and writing poetry. These are things I tell poets I work with in my editorial services business. Topics include: Creating poems that appear simultaneously spontaneous, yet…

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Year of Your Book: Friday Poetry with Jennifer Franklin, Session #1 Winter/Spring 2021

January 8, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 10 tickets left

NB: This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom Fridays 10:30am-1:00pm starting Friday January 8th and ending Friday February 12th. 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 of…

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Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow via Zoom

January 8, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 10 tickets left
William Bigelow

This class will meet on Friday, January 8 for six Fridays, ending on February 12. 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 one-hour televisions shows. Paramount in this effort, we will focus on an approach which is necessary…

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New Year, New Page: Crafting Your Narrative With Fresh Eyes with Ko Im via Zoom

January 9, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 13 tickets left

Is there a personal story you're burning to write? We will use visualization and meditation to help us start off 2021 with motivation and imagination. We'll head into bullet-journaling and mindful writing. Then we'll form a safe space to discuss and share. NB: 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…

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How to End Poems with Sean Singer via Zoom

January 10, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 12 tickets left

Join Yale Younger Poet, Sean Singer, for this intensive seminar as he discusses how to end poems. Are poems' endings a door or a window? The way a poem ends often confounds beginning writers; they don't want to summarize, repeat themselves, or tie the poem with a neat bow. Some line endings have the power to remain in the memory, even longer than the poems as a whole. For example: “You must change your life” (Rilke); “I have wasted my…

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Protected: Defining and Assembling Your Memoir – Continuing with Susan Hodara (via Zoom)

This class is the extension for the current students in Susan Hodara's advanced memoir class. It meets from 3-5pm on SEVEN Mondays: Jan 11, Feb 1, Feb 22, Mar 15, Apr 5, Apr 26, and May 17 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…

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Protected: Memoir Writing Workshop (AM) with Susan Hodara Via Zoom (Winter1 Session)

This is a 7-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 10:30am-12:45pm on Jan 12, 19, and 26, & Feb 2, 9, 16, and 23. 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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Protected: Memoir Writing Workshop (PM) with Susan Hodara Via Zoom (Winter1 Session)

This is a 7-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 1:15-3:30pm on Jan 12, 19, and 26, & Feb 2, 9, 16, and 23. 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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One Day Memoir Workshop with Susan Hodara via Zoom

January 16, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 7 tickets left
Susan Hodara

This is a one-day, four hour class. Are you inspired to write about the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this four-hour class will offer a supportive environment where we’ll be talking about memoir writing, writing in class and sharing for constructive feedback. You will leave with a new work-in-progress and some insights into the stories you want to write.…

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The social urgency of hybrid poetics with Chris Campanioni via Zoom

January 23, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 7 tickets left

“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 the middle & on the edges, halfway between two points, at the intersection of categories & labels, race & ethnicity & gender, an expression of…

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Hacking Your Novel with Bethany Ball via Zoom

January 24, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 15 tickets left

The secret of novel writing is that every novel writer is at heart a hack. Each novel is invented and reinvented from the ground up. No novel is the same and there is no formula. Please join Bethany Ball for a class on all the novel writing hacks she’s gathered since she= took up the form in earnest eight years ago. Join her in novel writing discussions and writing exercises as well as discussions about the publishing process. Short story…

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Protected: Defining & Assembling Your Memoir with Susan Hodara via Zoom

This class meets from 3-5pm on SIX Mondays: Jan 25, Feb 8, Feb 15, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 22 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…

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Creative Containers for Creative Nonfiction with Courtney Gilette via Zoom

January 30, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 15 tickets left

What different shapes can the personal essay take? Can it be a how-to guide? An encyclopedia? A student loan bill? What freedom can be found in telling a story in an untraditional way? Experimenting with the containers we choose for creative nonfiction allows us to approach the craft of creative nonfiction in a new dynamic way. In this craft workshop we’ll look at unique forms of creative nonfiction and identify what makes them successful. We’ll examine how the craft elements…

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An Afternoon with Jane Hirshfield & Rachel Eliza Griffiths

January 31, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $25 365 tickets left

Please join as we welcome Jane Hirshfield and Rachel Eliza Griffiths to read and launch our Winter/Spring 2021 Reading Series on Zoom. We are thrilled to host these two amazing writers! After the readings, we will have a Q&A with the poets. You may submit questions before the event to [email protected] and live on the zoom chat. This reading is free and capped at 500. Donations (towards the poets' honoraria) are encouraged and appreciated. Jane Hirshfield, in poems described by The…

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February 2021

Order and Disorder, Pattern and Variation, Centripetal and Centrifugal with Patrick Donnelly via Zoom

February 6, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 41 tickets left

The hypothesis of this class is that poems, like music, require both order and disorder, pattern and variation, elements which cause them to cohere, and elements which (almost) cause them to fly apart. The corollary hypothesis is that poems can go off the rails from too much of either quality. We’ll explore which specific craft elements tend to create order, which disorder, and look at some poems in which an order seems to arise organically from the materials, versus some…

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Giving Voice: Creative Nonfiction / Memoir Intensive with Mindy Lewis

February 7, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 11 tickets left

Is there something bugging you that’s been brewing for a while? Something under your skin itching to get out? Perhaps it’s a persistent memory that awakens you in the night, a pet peeve, recurring image, or long-forgotten memory triggered by a song, smell, or chance encounter. Or something you were warned not to say, or swore never to reveal? This workshop is an opportunity to give voice and form to the elusive and forbidden, and to exorcise the phantoms that haunt you, even if you don’t yet know…

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An Evening with JP Howard & Marilyn Nelson (via Zoom)

February 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 400 tickets left

This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed at the time of registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) This reading is free and open to the public, though we would be most appreciative of a donation. Marilyn Nelson was Poet Laureate of Connecticut from 2001-2006, has been a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and Poet-in-Residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine,…

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An Evening with Alicia Ostriker, Roger Reeves, and Jeffrey Yang (via Zoom)

February 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 400 tickets left

This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed at the time of registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) This reading is free and open to the public, though we would be most appreciative of a donation. Alicia Ostriker, a poet and critic, has published seventeen volumes of poetry, including The Volcano and After (2020), Waiting for the Light (2017), which received the National Jewish Book Award, The Book…

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Coming of Age: Workshop with D. Nurkse via Zoom

February 28, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 12 tickets left

We are and radically are not our childhood selves. This workshop will look at poets including Yusef Komunyakaa, Larry Levis, Simon J Ortiz and Lucille Clifton and consider how poets handle life transitions--being one person today, someone wildly different tomorrow--in a coherent (or deliberately broken) arc? Do poets remain faithful to the way they saw as children? This workshop is interactive within the constraints of class size--there will be space for a free write and discussion of participants' own work".…

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March 2021

An Evening with Kazim Ali, Jill Bialosky, and Mark Wunderlich (via Zoom)

March 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 400 tickets left

Please join us for this powerful reading, which will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed immediately at the time of registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) This reading is free and open to the public, though we would be most appreciative of a donation. KAZIM ALI was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East.…

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Generative Workshop with Mark Wunderlich via Zoom

March 13, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 14 tickets left

In this four hour, generative workshop, we will undertake a series of writing exercises that break the spell of the blank page, and which provide new strategies for making poems out of both imagined and lived experiences.  We will also discuss ways of returning to a state of meditative expectancy conducive to writing poetry, daily practices that will bring writers to the page with a sense of wonder and joy.  We will write together, share some of what we have…

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How to Use Enjambment and Line Endings with Sean Singer via Zoom

March 20, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free 14 tickets left

When the sense runs over the end of a line, we call the line enjambed, and the practice of enjambment. Reading poetry aloud, we pause slightly at the end of a line, or sometimes raise our voices, or hold the last syllable. These pauses are uneven; when the line is end-stopped the pauses may be longer. But the voice often is the way we know we're reading poetry and not prose. This seminar will examine how enjambed lines retain their…

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Thinking Outside the Box: Revision with CMarie Fuhrman via Zoom

March 21, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 15 tickets left

This revision workshop is open to all genres. More 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. Please note: The Altman Persons of Color Scholarships are free and given on a first come, first served basis. Please notify us right away if your plans change and you cannot attend the class. We will then reopen the slot so another…

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An Evening with Tommye Blount, Brian Komei Dempster, and Allison Hutchcraft (via Zoom)

March 31, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 400 tickets left

This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed immediately at the time of registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Sure to be a powerful and inspiring reading, this event is free and open to the public, though we would be most appreciative of a donation. A Cave Canem alumnus, Tommye Blount is the author of Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books, 2020),…

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April 2021

Slapering Hol Press Presents: an evening with Indran Amirthanayagam, Rebecca Morgan Frank, and Vijay Shesadri (via Zoom)

April 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 400 tickets left

Slapering Hol Press is proud to present this poetry reading, which will be held via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed immediately at the time of registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) This reading is free and open to the public, though we would be most appreciative of a donation. Indran Amirthanayagam writes poetry in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. He is the author of nineteen books…

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Writing the Bop with Afaa Michael Weaver via Zoom

April 11, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 12 tickets left

The Bop is a form of poetic argument consisting of three stanzas, each followed by a repeated line or refrain. The first stanza is six lines and presents a problem; the second stanza is eight lines and further expands upon the problem; and the third stanza is six lines and either resolves or documents the failure of resolving the problem. Read a Bop poem by Afaa Michael Weaver, who created the form during a Cave Canem writing retreat and learn…

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Experimental Poetry Craft Class with Sarah Vap via Zoom

April 18, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 12 tickets left

This class is 4hour experimental craft class focusing on poetry. It 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. Please note: The Altman Persons of Color Scholarships are free and given on a first come, first served basis. PLEASE REGISTER FOR NO MORE THAN ONE SCHOLARSHIP SPOT PER MONTH. Please notify us right away if your plans change and you cannot attend…

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An Evening with Alex Dimitrov, Deborah Paradez, and C.Dale Young (via Zoom)

April 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 400 tickets left

This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed immediately at the time of registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) This reading is free and open to the public, though we would be most appreciative of a donation. Alex Dimitrov is the author of three books of poems, including the upcoming Love and Other Poems, as well as the chapbook American Boys. His work has been…

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Defining and Assembling Your Memoir with Susan Hodara via Zoom

April 24, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 11 tickets left
Susan Hodara

You’ve been writing your memories and stories and chapters, and you’re wondering how it all fits together. In this four-hour intensive, through in-class writing and discussion, we will uncover pervasive themes that connect your pieces, consider possible beginnings and endings, begin to define your narrative arc, and better understand what your work is about. For memoirists at any stage of their writing. This is a one day, 4 hour class, and is capped at 12 students. It will take place…

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The Sonnet with Rachel Hadas via Zoom

April 25, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 10 tickets left

Poetry professor and guru, Rachel Hadas, will teach a craft class & workshop on the sonnet via Zoom. Class size is capped at 12 students. Zoom login instructions will be emailed at the time of workshop registration. Please check spam filters or email [email protected] with questions. There are two free Altman Persons of Color Scholarships available on a first come, first served basis. Please register for no more than one per month per student. Let HVWC know immediately if your…

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An Evening of Prose with Mark Doty & Garth Greenwell (via Zoom)

April 28, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 400 tickets left

This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed immediately at the time of registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) This reading is free and open to the public, though we would be most appreciative of a donation. Praised by the New York Times for his “dazzling, tactile grasp of the world,” Mark Doty is a renowned author of poetry and prose. He is the author…

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May 2021

The Art of Revision: A Craft Talk & Workshop with Joan Houlihan via Zoom

May 2, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 11 tickets left

Join award-winning poet, professor, and director of the Colrain Manuscript Conference, Joan Houlihan, as she teaches a one-day craft class on the importance of revision. NB: This class will be taught via Zoom and capped at 15. Register right away because Joan's classes always sell out. 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. More than any of the other writing arts, poetry…

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