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Hudson Valley Writers Center

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Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
914.332.5953 www.writerscenter.org

Located at the Philipse Manor Station (still an operating local stop on Metro-North Hudson East line, but we inhabit the historic building!) the Hudson Valley Writers Center offers unique classes and a versatile performance space.

March 2019

Advanced Year of Your Book: Fiction with Kirsten Bakis

March 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Monday, repeating until April 15, 2019

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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$320
Kristen Bakis
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Essay Writing with Herbert Hadad

March 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Monday, happening 6 times

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320
Herbert Hadad

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 personal essay is the most flexible of all writing forms,” he says.…

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Defining and Assembling Your Memoir with Susan Hodara

March 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Monday, repeating until April 8, 2019

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320
Susan Hodara

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 6-week class, 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 book. Max 6 students. Prerequisite for non-Hodara…

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Monday Night Poetry with Kathleen Ossip

March 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, happening 6 times

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370
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Long-time HVWC teacher returns to the Center to teach her popular Monday Night Poetry Class. Kathleen Ossip is the author of The Do-Over, a New York Times Editors' Choice; The Cold War, which was one of Publishers Weekly's best books of 2011; The Search Engine, which was selected by Derek Walcott for the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize; and Cinephrastics, a chapbook of movie poems. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Magazine Writing, the Washington…

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Memoir Writing with Susan Hodara, Tues AM

March 26 @ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until April 9, 2019

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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$320
Susan Hodara
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Memoir Writing with Susan Hodara, Tues PM

March 26 @ 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:15pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 9, 2019

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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$320
Susan Hodara
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Reading Poetry: The American Poet: a Seminar with Michael Collins

March 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Tuesday, happening 4 times

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$215

Join poet and scholar, Michael Collins for a seminar on the "American Poet. The class will begin with Emerson and Dickinson and continue with Roethke, Bishop, Berryman and Plath. Discuss in weekly readings and writing prompts the way the American poet is located in a unique place of quiet agency somewhere in between myth, philosophy, politics, and daily life. This class is designed for both readers and writers. It will expose you to a syllabus of past and contemporary poets and will…

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Great Speakers Are Made, Not Born with Bill Buschel

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, happening 4 times

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$225 15 tickets left
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Year of Your Book: Fiction with Kirsten Bakis

March 27 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:15am on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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$320
Kristen Bakis
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Writing, Revising & Publishing Short Fiction with Beth Hahn

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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$370
beth hahn
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Workshop in Pure Critique with Peter Bricklebank

March 28 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Thursday, happening 5 times

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320

Whether writing in a garret, ivory tower, or a fever pitch of blind faith, at some point a writer needs to see other people, preferably equally deranged. For people writing fiction or nonfiction who need regular, astute feedback on ongoing projects of any length, this class provides that hothouse work environment. We’re going to put our manuscripts on the table and ask what works, what seems less effective, and why? Are there several narrative possibilities to the draft? Is the…

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Where to Publish Your Marvelous Poetry Collections with Amy Holman

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, happening 5 times

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$270
Amy Holman

The goal of this class is to gather, create, and disseminate poems to magazines and anthologies. Participants will learn to evaluate their writing style and choose finished poems for publication, write new poems from prompts aimed at completing a submission selection or series, as well as assess editorial interests at magazines and presses. If there is interest, manuscript composition and publishing assessments can be extended to small and university presses.

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Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Friday, repeating until April 12, 2019

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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$320
William Bigelow

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 elements of the construction of a story are critical to any piece…

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I Am Not A Real Writer with Kirsten Bakis

March 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, happening 5 times

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$270

This is a five-week version of Kirsten Bakis' popular one-day class. "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 class will help you find some of…

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One-Day Memoir Intensive with Susan Hodara

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

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 workshop 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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April 2019

Year of Deep Revision: Poetry with Jennifer Franklin

April 3 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 24, 2019

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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$370
Jennifer Franklin
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Year of Your Book: Poetry with Jennifer Franklin

April 5 @ 10:45 am - 12:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:45am on Friday, repeating until April 12, 2019

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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$320
Jennifer Franklin
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An Evening with David Means & Amitava Kumar

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$5 – $10 74 tickets left

David Means will read from his highly anticipated short story collection, Instructions for a Funeral (March, 2019). He has written several award-winning short story collections, including Assorted Fire Events, The Spot, and The Secret Goldfish. He is also the author of the 2016 novel Hystopia, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Amitava Kumar will read from his novel Immigrant, Montana. He has also written several works of literary nonfiction, including the prize-winning book A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook…

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Submission Sunday

April 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 12:30pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 2, 2019

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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Free

Submission Sundays is a free service to members of HVWC. Space is limited to 20 participants each session so please reserve your spot.   One Sunday a month, 12:30-2:30 pm. Join hosts Carla Carlson and Mary Ann Scott for two hours of insider information on where and how to send your best work. Members can reserve a seat at the table of like-minded writers with a room of journals, advice on where to submit, moral and technical support, and everything…

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An Evening with Karen Finley & Daniel Lawless

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$5 – $10 75 tickets left

Karen Finley will read from her most recent book of poetry, Grabbing Pussy. She is a performance artist, musician and poet. Her performance art, recordings, and books are used as forms of activism. Karen Finley has written various books that focus on controversial topics. She wrote Shock Treatment, Enough Is Enough: Weekly Meditations for Living Dysfunctionally, and A Different Kind of Intimacy - a latter collection of her works. Her poem "The Black Sheep" is among her best-known works; it was displayed as public art in…

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The Call of the Wild with Fred Marchant

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$185 14 tickets left

From fish in the sea to birds in the air and all the living things in between, the world of the wild has always been a source of poetic inspiration. And no doubt there is a streak of wildness inside us humans too. Hovering in the background of everything wild is the ecological crisis of our time, and its enormous implications for all of life. In our day-long workshop we will examine and discuss a number of relevant poems and…

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Open Write

April 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:30pm on day Second of the month, repeating until June 8, 2019

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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$10

Please join us for our warm and welcoming Open Write Nights, now at an easier-to-remember regular recurring monthly spot of Second Saturdays!   Your hosts Melissa Ragsly and Natalie Mesnard will facilitate an evening of generative writing and community building at the Hudson Valley Writers Center. Prompts will be offered, refreshments served (that includes wine). Stories swapped. $10 for non-members; free for members (will be deducted at checkout when you log in).   Become a member here.

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Picnic, Lightning: Transformative Strategies for the Short Poem with Sharon Kennedy-Nolle

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

“Picnic, Lightning”:  Transformative Strategies for the Short Poem This workshop takes its cue from Vladimir Nabokov’s (in)famously concise description in Lolita: “My very photogenic mother died in a freak accident (picnic, lightning) when I was three. . .”.   Through close reading, craft talk and workshopping, we will explore strategies for (re) structuring short poems written in both formalist and informalist styles.  These strategies include thematic elision, narrative compression, grammatical implosion, and syntactical collisions. Together, we will develop opportunities to transform…

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Open Mic

April 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until June 21, 2019

One event on March 24, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on May 19, 2019 at 10:00am

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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$5

Our Open Mic Nights are held from 7:30-9:30 pm on the 3rd Friday of each month. Doors open at 7 pm for event starting at 7:30. Due to popular demand to participate, we've had to limit the amount of readers to 20; so show up early to get a five-minute spot at the mic. OR, here's a new added incentive to signing up online: you can now reserve your spot to read first-come first-slotted, here with your purchase. Just add…

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An Evening with Lee Bricetti, Betsy Scholl, and Estha Weiner

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$5 – $10 75 tickets left
Hudson Valley Writers Center in the train station by the river

Lee Briccetti is a poet and has been the long-time Executive Director of Poets House. Her second collection of poetry, Blue Guide, was published in 2017. She won a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and a Poetry Fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her leadership of Poets House has built it into one of the premiere literary centers in the United States and one of the great poetry libraries in the world. She created…

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How to Write Persona Poems as if You’re Red Riding Hood and Know How to Skin A Wolf with Cynthia Manick

April 27 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 14 tickets left

In this one-day intensive you will learn to write persona poems with craft and conviction. Bring ten copies of a persona poem-in-progress. Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, the MacDowell Colony, Poets House, and the Saltonstall Foundation of the Arts among others. A winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and the 2018…

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Page-Turning Fiction with Joanne Dobson

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until June 4, 2019

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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$320
Joanne Dobson
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May 2019

Year of Your Book: Fiction with Kirsten Bakis

May 1 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:15am on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320
Kristen Bakis

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; deadlines and serious critique will keep you on track throughout the…

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June 2019

Four Week Introduction to Journalism Class with Michael Balter

June 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Saturday, repeating until June 22, 2019

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$220 15 tickets left
Michael Balton

What is journalism? What do reporters do? This is a beginner's course in how to be a reporter, concentrating on nuts and bolts journalistic skills but also delving into some of the burning issues that journalists face today. We will discuss how to find news stories, how to report them--including interviewing, records searches, and other basic shoe leather reporting techniques--as well as how to write them, including basic news story structure. Over the course of four weeks, you will report…

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