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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September 2020

Monday Night Poetry with Suzanne Cleary: Schmoozing with Your Muse via Zoom

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370 5 tickets left

Schmoozing with Your Muse: Getting More Energy into Your Poems This is a six week class that starts on Monday September 21st and ends Monday October 26th. NB: There will be class on Monday October 12th. NB: This class will be taught on Zoom and will be capped at 12 students. Needs 8 students to run. 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…

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An Evening with Ryan Black, Maya Phillips, and Jason Schneiderman

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $25 235 tickets left

HVWC welcomes three amazing poets—Ryan Black, Maya Phillips, and Jason Schneiderman—as they read from their most recent award-winning collections. This reading is free and open to the public via Zoom. Donations are encouraged. There is a promo code for Maya's collection Erou if you purchase it directly from the press here. It's  HVWC2020 and can be used September 24-26. Ryan Black is the author of The Tenant of Fire (University of Pittsburgh Press), winner of the 2018 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Death of a Nativist, selected…

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Chance Operations Workshop: Writer as Scavenger, Collector, & Composer with Shira Dentz

September 26 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 10 tickets left

In this poetry and flash prose workshop, we’ll experiment with different chance operations, approaching our imaginations through the back door, so to speak, instead of the front door. There’s an expansive tradition of literary works composed using chance operations including the cento which is thought to have originated in the 3rd or 4th century. We’ll look at exemplary poems, flash prose, and collages composed via chance operations as models for our own play, and scavenge our environments (indoors or outdoors)…

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October 2020

Protected: Pageturning Fiction Workshop with Joanne Dobson

This class will be taught on Zoom. It will start on Thursday, October 1, and end on Thursday, November 5 (for a total of six consecutive Thursdays). This class is for continuing students from this class series only. 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…

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A Fiction Reading with Christina Chiu & Andrew Krivak

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 346 tickets left

Join novelist Lauren Acampora as she introduces award-winning fiction writers Christina Chiu and Andrew Krivak. Christina Chiu is the grand-prize winner of the James Alan McPherson Award for her novel, Beauty. She is also author of Troublemaker and Other Saints, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Troublemaker was alternate selection for BOMC and QPB, a nominee for a BOMC First Fiction Award, and winner of the Asian American Literary Award. Chiu has published in magazines and anthologies, including Tin House, Charlie Chan is Dead 2, Not the Only One, Washington…

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The Lyric Memoir with Marco Wilkinson via Zoom

October 3 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 10 tickets left

How can we narrate our lives faithfully while innovating at the level of language and structure, considering truth as something that goes beyond facts and includes imagination? In this workshop students will come to the class having written a short piece about a potent moment in their lives, a moment that "sticks," and in the workshop we will explore various techniques for how to get at different truths of the experience using lyric prose. We will begin with a discussion…

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The Art of Telling with Chen Chen via Zoom

October 4 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 2 tickets left

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

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A Reading with Joshua Bennett, Diannely Antigua, and Zeeshan Pathan via Zoom

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Free – $25 152 tickets left

HVWC is proud to welcome Dr. Joshua Bennett back to read at HVWC for the third time along with first time readers Diannely Antigua and Zeeshan Pathan as they read from their new collections via Zoom. This reading is free and open to the public but we encourage a donation. Dr. Joshua Bennett is the Mellon Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He is the author of three books of poetry and literary criticism: The Sobbing…

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Poetry of Resistance with JP Howard via Zoom

October 10 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 7 tickets left

Poetry of Resistance with JP Howard via Zoom During this one-day intensive, participants will write and read poetry as both a form of resistance and political activism. Poets have a long history of using poetry to speak out against injustices. In this generative workshop, writers will respond to both current day events and historical injustices with their own poems of resistance. There will be a discussion on how poets can use archival materials, including but not limited to, historical speeches,…

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Allowing Character to Build Narrative with Christina Chiu on Zoom

October 11 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 9 tickets left

It’s hard to trust others to do the work, especially when she’s a character in your mind. But strong narrative is build on strong character; someone deeply realized, and while not necessarily “likeable” to all, has a resonant experience, which however unique, is universal. In this workshop we will explore the complexities of character and how to build trust in yourself to write that character. NB: This class will take place on Zoom and is capped at 12 students. There…

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

October 17 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 12 tickets left

This workshop focuses on the art of editing, and offers techniques that help writers re-enter that old friend, the poem that’s almost finished, with renewed creative energy. The one you’ve read and reread, and tweaked and put in the drawer. Each poet can bring in any poem they wish, even a new one. Bring in a piece (up to one full page) that’s almost there, but perhaps has been rejected by one journal or more that you respect. The intention is to bring fresh…

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

October 18 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 12 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 Afternoon with Edward Hirsch and Jeffrey Harrison via Zoom

October 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Free – $25 131 tickets left

Join us for a reading and Q&A with award-winning poets Edward Hirsch (Stranger by Night, Penguin, 2020) and Jeffrey Harrison (Between Lakes, Four Way Books, 2020) as they read from their latest collections and discuss the craft of poetry. This reading is free and open to the public, though we would be most grateful for a donation. Please support our friends at the family-owned local Village Bookstore in Pleasantville, NY where you order the readers' books here. Edward Hirsch is a…

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One Day Memoir Workshop with Susan Hodara via Zoom

October 24 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 9 tickets left

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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Gala: Online 2020

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$100 – $1500 331 tickets left

We will hold our annual benefit ​​on Friday evening, OCTOBER 30​,2020, at 7 pm, via Zoom. In line with our mission to celebrate the highest quality literature across genres we are proud to honor ​Jericho Brown (winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; Susan Choi (Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction); ​Toi Derricotte (Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry); Katharine Holabird​ (author of the Angelina Ballerina series of Children’s Literature); and ​Leslie Jamison…

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November 2020

Poetry as Overwinter : Wakefulness in a Time of Stillness & Big Sleeps with Rosebud Ben-Oni via Zoom

November 1 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 11 tickets left

In this workshop, we will explore what it means to roam and carry one's self through various landscapes as other life hibernates and briefly exits the winter season of stillness and big sleeps. What does it mean to live in a realm emptied and yet not devoid of life? How can this be a period of joy and discovery? We will reimagine the many awakenings possible in poetry, drawing inspiration from Keith S. Wilson, Camille T. Dungy, Chase Berggrun, Julia Salem, and more.…

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Monday Night Poetry Workshop with Alex Dimitrov via Zoom

November 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$370 9 tickets left

This is a 6week class, occurring on 6 consecutive Mondays beginning November 2, taught via Zoom. This class is capped at 10 students. NB: Please send one poem to [email protected] a week before the class starts. Alex Dimitrov is the author of three books of poems, Love and Other Poems, which will be published by Copper Canyon Press in February of 2021, Together and by Ourselves, and Begging for It. His poems have been published in The New Yorker, the…

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Thinking Inside the Box: on Form with Nathan McClain via Zoom

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

While I absolutely believe revision and reading can be taught, probably the only sound pedagogical tool for poetry is imitation.  Writing can be introduced to a person, but ultimately, only poems can teach poetry.  Received forms such as sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, pantoums, and ghazals can understably appear difficult, daunting even, so, in this one-day workshop, participants will closely read, discuss, imitate, and workshop poems that adhere to, as well as rethink, common received poetic forms and conventions.  How do formal…

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Slapering Hol Press Presents: 15th Annual War & Peace Reading featuring Afaa Michael Weaver

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 400 tickets left

Join the Slapering Hol Press Advisory Committee as they welcome poet, playwright, and translator, Afaa M. Weaver back to the Hudson Valley Writers Center via Zoom. Five community readers will also share work. Afaa M. Weaver's fifteenth collection of poetry is Spirit Boxing (U Pitt, 2017). Recipient of four Pushcart prizes, an NEA in poetry in 1985, a 1993 PDI Award in playwriting, the 2014 Kingsley Tufts, the 2015 Phyllis Wheatley Book Award, a 2017 Guggenheim fellowship, the 2019 St.…

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The Water Songs: A Virtual One-Day Poetry Workshop  with Fred Marchant

November 15 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $124 10 tickets left

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom. The first hour will be a craft talk and there will be up to 4 hours of workshopping. This class is capped at 15 students. There are two Altman POC Scholarships given on a first come, first served basis. Please remember not to sign up for more than one per month. Please tell us ASAP if your plans change and you can no longer use the seat. We will open up the…

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Revising Poems for Publication with Justin Wymer on Zoom

November 21 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 10 tickets left

Join poet and professor, Justin Wymer, as he conducts a one-day craft class on revising poems for publication. Every poem is a living thing, an experiment in feeling and image, an exploration of psyche, an artist’s creation—a perfect example of crystalized subjective experience. Because the eye of the critic (and journal editor) is notoriously subjective, it is impossible to predict what they will love or hate. But it is possible to polish your poems as best you can and to avoid common craft choices that many editors have historically found distasteful. In other words, to…

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