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June 2019

I Am Not A Real Writer with Kirsten Bakis

June 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$215 6 tickets left

Please note that this is a four-week session. The class will meet on these 4 Saturdays: 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6 “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 readings and…

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July 2019

Year of Your Book Fiction: Deep Revision with Kirsten Bakis

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

NB: This is a six-week class that starts July 8th and ends August 12th. New Students MUST APPLY w/ten page sample send to [email protected] for review by instructor. 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…

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Essay Writing with Herbert Hadad

July 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 9 tickets left

This is a 6-week class meeting Mondays 12:30-2:30pm from July 8-August 12. 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 more than 20 years. “The…

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Monday Night Poetry with Suzanne Cleary

July 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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$370 9 tickets left

Schmoozing with Your Muse: Getting More Energy into Your Poem   NB: This is a six week class that starts on Monday July 8th and ends on Monday August 12th. Shouldn’t writing be fun? If you want to write poems that are risky, playful, or just plain alive, this workshop is for you. While reading model poems, exploring craft techniques, and identifying your own poetic concerns, you will receive practical and enjoyable tips for invigorating your poems, present and future.

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Memoir Writing with Susan Hodara Summer AM

July 9 @ 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 from July 9th-August 13th. 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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Memoir Writing with Susan Hodara

July 9 @ 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 from July 9th-August 13th. 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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How to Tell the Story of Your Life with Danielle Trussoni

July 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320 6 tickets left

NB: This is a six-week workshop that begins on Tuesday July 9th and ends Tuesday August 13th. 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…

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Year of Your Book Fiction with Kirsten Bakis

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

This a 6-week class meeting Wednesdays 10:15am-12:15pm from July 10-August 14. 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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Writing, Revising, and Publishing Short Fiction with Beth Hahn

July 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 11 tickets left

NB: This is a six-week class that starts on THURSDAY June 11th and ends on Thursday  August 15th. 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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Year of Your Book: Poetry with Jennifer Franklin

July 12 @ 10:45 am - 12:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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$320 6 tickets left
Jennifer Franklin
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I Am Not A Real Writer with Kirsten Bakis

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 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 that starts on Saturday July 10th and ends on Saturday August 17th. “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 readings and discussion, this…

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Mapping the Plot with Kirsten Bakis

July 13 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 15 tickets left
Kristen Bakis

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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Protected: Advanced Memoir with Susan Hodara

Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States

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. This class will meet seven times throughout the rest of 2019. You will use your own writing as we work on creating an inventory of your pieces; understanding and describing why you are writing your memoir and what it is about; defining your narrative arc; and structuring your material into a…

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Post-Jungian Thought for Writers: A Trans-Genre Master Class with Michael Collins

July 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$225 12 tickets left

Join Michael Collins in a weekly discussion about post-Jungian thought in the texts he provides. This is a four-week class that starts July 16th and ends on August 6th.

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An Evening with David Baker, TR Hummer, and Page Starzinger

July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 69 tickets left

David Baker is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Swift: New and Selected Poems (2019, W. W. Norton), Scavenger Loop (2015, Norton), and the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize Winner,Never-Ending Birds (2009, Norton), as well as six books of prose. Among his awards are prizes and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, Mellon Foundation, and the Society of Midland Authors. Baker holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair at Denison University in Granville, Ohio…

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

July 20 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$215 15 tickets left
Lynne Lori Sylvan

Join Lynne Lori Sylvan as she teaches you all the improv techniques in her toolkit. This fun supportive class will gently lead you to creating more authentic dialogue, either as a writer or an actor or a person navigating the world. Some of the games will focus on active listening, and others on crystallizing the essence of your idea. You will be amazed at what you can come up with after a relaxed warm-up! This class is for 18 and…

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Saying the Unsayable—How to Write Complex Emotions with Amanda Stern

July 21 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 Sold out

Feelings are hard to describe, much less write. Most writers rely purely on the physical to get their emotional point across. To indicate loss to the reader, the writer might rely on subtext, and by doing so they write about things on the surface: a bereft father catches sight of a man swinging his young daughter around on the beach. We understand and feel the gulf between what one man has lost and the other takes for granted. The more…

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Defining and Assembling Your Memoir with Susan Hodara

July 27 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 2 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.

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SHLF Saturday

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$5 50 tickets left

In the spirit of the Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest, we proudly launch our new semi-annual showcase of local and self-published authors. Krista Madsen hosts.   First event is scheduled for Saturday July 27 at 7 pm, featuring: Camilla Calhoun, author of the evocative memoir The White Moth Herbert Hadad, HVWC teacher and author of the memoirs Tender and Tough: 60 Years of Storytelling and Finding Immortality: The Making of One American Family Margaret Winslow, author of two award-winning travel memoirs…

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An Evening with Chaya Bhuvaneswar & Jennifer Baker

July 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10 70 tickets left

Join Chaya Bhuvaneswar and Jennifer Baker for a remarkable night of readings and a discussion about diverse voices by women of color in contemporary American fiction. NB: The first twenty people who purchase full-price tickets for this event online will receive a signed copy of Bhuvaneswar's book, White Dancing Elephants, at the event on July 31st. Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a practicing physician, writer, and PEN American award finalist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in many national and international…

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August 2019

Writing Past Grief with Gardner McFall

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

This one-day Master Class will explore how powerful emotion impels a poem and, in the case of loss, can lead, through craft, to a poem or even a series of poems. Oscar Wilde said: "Form is everything. It is the secret to life. Find expression for a sorrow and it will become dear to you". How do we find the right expression in a poem? During this four-hour class, after looking at some examples of elegies, we'll read and discuss…

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November 2019

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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