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Hudson Valley Writers Center

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Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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website maker 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.

October 2021

SHP Presents: An Evening with Liz Ahl, Spree MacDonald, Lillo Way, and Jianqing Zheng (via Zoom)

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $25 464 tickets left

Please join us on Zoom for the launch of the SHP fall reading series! We are thrilled to welcome four Slapering Hol Press contest winners as they read from their latest collections. This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Donations toward the readers’ honoraria are much appreciated. Liz Ahl is the author of Beating the Bounds (Hobblebush Books, 2017),…

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Year of Your Book: Fiction with Jonathan Vatner (via Zoom)

October 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320.00 5 tickets left

This is a 6-week class meeting Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30pm, starting Thursday, October 28 and ending on December 16. (Class will not meet on November 4 or 25.) This class will be taught online via Zoom. Login details will be sent via email from the instructor a few days before class begins. Class needs 4 students to run, with a maximum enrollment of 8 students. Please email [email protected] with questions. How long have you been saying you want to write…

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Subversion and Subconscious: Generative Verse Through Meditative Practice with Julie E. Bloemeke via Zoom

October 30 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$99 15 tickets left

“…The poet shows how the invisible is more real than the visible—that the visible is merely a late outcome of an invisible reality that rules us the way the subconscious rules us.  Our dreamscape is larger and rules us more than this waking state.  Beyond the dreamscape there is another consciousness...” --Li Young Lee for Kenyon Review  Feeling mired in your writing practice?  Open to challenging how your poems get to the page?  Join us for a generative workshop where we will cultivate space for the…

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It’s all in the Details: A Prose Master Class with Christina Chiu (via Zoom)

October 30 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$124 11 tickets left

Strong narrative is built 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, how to focus on the details in your prose, and to build trust in yourself to write that character. This class will be taught via Zoom and is capped at 12 students. The Zoom link will be sent via email at the time of…

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November 2021

“What Else is Playing?” Monday Night Poetry with Nathan McClain via Zoom

November 1 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370.00 4 tickets left

Before Fandango or Movie Pass, one had to travel to and stand in line at the movie theatre to secure a ticket and seat. Occasionally, this meant discovering the film you'd waited in line for, that you intended to see, had already sold out. Sometimes, it meant you chose to see another film instead. And sometimes that alternative proved surprisingly enjoyable and satisfying, despite your original plan. This workshop will focus on revision strategies and craft techniques of poems participants…

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Tues AM Memoir with Susan Hodara (via Zoom)

November 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$267.00 Sold out
Susan Hodara

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 memoir workshop options, please email [email protected] 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 offers a supportive environment wherein each week you will…

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Tues PM Memoir with Susan Hodara (via Zoom)

November 2 @ 1:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$267 Sold out
Susan Hodara

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 memoir workshop options, please email [email protected] 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 offers a supportive environment wherein each week you will…

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Protected: YoYB: Poetry Manuscript with Jennifer Franklin Fall Session #2 Wednesday 2021 (via Zoom)

This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom, Wednesday 12:30pm-3:00pm starting Wednesday November 3rd and ending Friday December 15th. NB: Class will NOT be held on Wednesday November 24th.  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…

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Protected: YoYB: Poetry Manuscript (Friday) Fall Session #2 2021 with Jennifer Franklin (via Zoom)

This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom, Friday 10:30am-1:00pm starting Friday November 5th and ending Friday December 17th. NB: Class will NOT be held on Friday November 26th for Thanksgiving weekend.  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…

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Annual Gala – In-Person Celebrations

November 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Hudson Valley Writers Center on November 5 in honoring Afaa Michael Weaver (poetry), Melissa Febos (nonfiction), and Garth Greenwell (fiction) at the Annual Gala in-person celebrations held across the country! Visit our Gala Page for more information and to register. writerscenter.org/gala2021 Please note: Our Annual Gala virtual celebration will take place the previous day on Zoom on November 4.

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MISSIVES: A Generative Poetry Craft Class with Safia Jama via Zoom

November 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$99.00 11 tickets left

Poems can be written, and read, as letters. The epistolary form is one way to put it, yes, but I prefer the term Missive, whose sound holds and delivers a certain longing to the ear. Something is unresolved that needs our attention. There is the hope of a response, but no guarantees. Let's read letter-poems while employing the letter form as a lens for reading work that is both urgent and thrilling in its plea for a reply. We’ll read work by…

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The Art of Memoir: Becoming Your Story’s Protagonist with Lori Soderlind via Zoom

November 7 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 8 tickets left

If you’re writing memoir, you don’t have to think twice about who your story’s protagonist is. It’s you. What you do need to think about is how to shape yourself into that believable, suitably complicated, and reasonably balanced (meaning, flawed by still tolerable) character at the center of a story. In this workshop, we’ll explore the qualities that make strong protagonists in our stories, then write and share scenes from our own lives that put these qualities to use. We’ll…

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Submission Sunday (via Zoom)

November 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$10.00 10 tickets left
a group of people at an open write session

Submission Sundays is a free service to members of HVWC. Space is limited so please reserve your spot. Until further notice, this group will meet online via Zoom. The host will email the Zoom link in the day leading up to the event. Please email [email protected] with any questions. One Sunday a month, 12:30-2:30 pm. Join host M.A. Scott for two hours of insider information on where and how to send your best work to literary journals. Members can reserve a seat at the…

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Writing for the Fun of It! (Grades 3 – 6, via Zoom) with Tina Tocco

November 7 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
$175 8 tickets left

Do you love to write? Would you like to dive into a bunch of fun writing exercises this fall, plus hang out with other kids who love writing just as much as you? In this five-week workshop, we’ll do the fun stuff. Be ready to have your brain fired up with a different prompt each week for some in-class writing. Then, you can share your work (only if you want — this isn’t school!). But if you do share, you’ll…

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16th Annual Slapering Hol Press War & Peace Reading featuring John Guzlowski, Usha Akella, & Angela Dribben (via Zoom)

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 395 tickets left

Join the Slapering Hol Press Advisory Committee as they commemorate Veterans Day with a Hudson Valley Writers Center reading via Zoom. The keynote readers will be John Guzlowski, Usha Akella, and Angela Dribben. This reading will take place via Zoom. Please register to get the Zoom link which will be sent immediately at the time of registration via email. Please check your spam filter and email [email protected] with any questions. This reading is FREE though donations are greatly appreciated! John…

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Pageturning Fiction Workshop with Joanne Dobson (via Zoom)

November 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$267 6 tickets left
Joanne Dobson

This multi-week class series will be taught on Zoom. It will start on Thursday, November 11 and end on December 16 for a total of five Thursdays. (Class will not meet on Thanksgiving Day November 25.) 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…

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Deep Dives into Award-Winning First & Second Poetry Collections with Justin Wymer via Zoom

November 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$320 11 tickets left

Join award-winning poet and scholar, Justin Wymer, as he explores astonishing award-winning first and second poetry collections. Explore the craft behind these books and what makes them stand out. More details and syllabus to follow. NB: This is a six-week class & it will be capped at 17. Class will not be held on Thanksgiving Day. You will receive a link as soon as you register to the email address you use to enroll in the class. Please check spam…

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Diving Deep / Explorations in Memoir & Creative Nonfiction with Mindy Lewis via Zoom

November 13 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124.00 11 tickets left

Imagine a duck gliding across a pristine lake, following the currents, nibbling at specks on the surface. Suddenly, it dives down, disappearing from view, and resurfaces minutes later to resume its journey. Join me and fellow writers on a shared journey to dive deep down to explore the essential themes of your life's stories that can be the underpinnings of structure. We will harness elements of craft—sensory details, compelling language, evocative imagery, scene, dialogue, inner voice—to create, share, and discuss…

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Open Write (in person & via Zoom)

November 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$10 17 tickets left

Please join us for our warm and welcoming Open Write Nights, recurring monthly on the Second Saturday of each month! Your hosts Michelle Thomas and Cassie Cartaginese will facilitate an evening of generative writing, story swapping and community building. NEW! This group will take place in HYBRID FORM, meaning that there will participants in person at HVWC as well as joining on the big screen via Zoom. IN PERSON PARTICIPANTS will be required to show proof of vaccination at the time of…

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Generative Poetry Workshop with Kofi Antwi via Zoom

November 14 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124.00 14 tickets left

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 link. Please email [email protected] with any questions. Class is capped at 15 students. Kofi Antwi is an African American poet, English professor, and graduate of St. Joseph’s College MFA Creative Writing program. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island by parents…

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An Afternoon with Kathleen Ossip, Amanda Moore, and Jordan Franklin (via Zoom)

November 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $25 544 tickets left

Please join us on Zoom as we welcome Kathleen Ossip, Amanda Moore, and Jordan Franklin they read from their latest collections. This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Donations toward the readers’ honoraria are much appreciated. Kathleen Ossip's new collection July (Sarabande, 2021) has gotten press in Poets & Writers, Library Journal, NPR, and Ms. She is the author of The Do-Over,…

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Open Mic (in person & via Zoom)

November 19 @ 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm
Free – $5.00

We are excited to hold November’s Open Mic Night in hybrid form, both in-person at HVWC and virtually! Physical and virtual doors open at 7:20 pm for event starting at 7:30 pm. Due to popular demand to participate, we’ve had to limit the amount of readers to 20. Performers will be given a 5 minute spot. In person performers, via Zoom, will give be the first group to perform. The audience on Zoom will see these performances via the Zoom event.…

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Craft Class with David Baker via Zoom

November 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$124.00 15 tickets left

This craft talk will focus on poems by Dickinson, Gregerson, and Sharif. It will explore overt and hidden forms. There will be prompts based on the poems and the discussion. More details to follow! NB: This is not a workshop it is a craft talk and will be taught via Zoom and will be capped at 20. David Baker is a poet, educator, editor, and literary critic.  He was born in 1954 in Bangor, Maine, grew up in Jefferson City,…

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Finding Your Master Narrative with Kim Barnes via Zoom

November 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$124 12 tickets left

Who am I, and why? Just as is the case with fiction writers and their characters, this is the question that writers of personal nonfiction must ask of themselves. “What we are is stories,” William Kittredge writes. “We do things because of what we call character, and our character is formed by the stories we learn to live in. Late in the night we listen to our own breathing in the dark and rework our stories…reinventing reasons for our lives….…

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December 2021

An Evening with Bethany Ball & Jai Chakrabarti

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25.00 350 tickets left

Join us to hear an astonishing evening of fiction from two Westchester novelists as Bethany Ball returns to read at the Hudson Valley Writers Center with her new novel, The Pessimists (Grove 2021). Debut novelist, Jai Chakrabarti, will read from A Play for the End of the World (Knopf, 2021). About Bethany Ball's The Pessimists Welcome to small town Connecticut, a place whose inhabitants seem to have it all — the status, the homes, the money, and the ennui. There’s…

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Current Controversies in Journalism with Michael Balter via Zoom

December 4 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 15 tickets left

Journalism is going through a major upheaval right now, just when citizens need more than ever to be well informed. On the business side, the news is not good: Over the past several years reporters have been laid off from major publications by the thousands, while local journalism has suffered badly from the drop in advertising and the move to the internet. On the other hand, out of this financial crisis from journalism are emerging new forms of communication, mostly…

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Submission Sunday (via Zoom)

December 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$10.00
a group of people at an open write session

Submission Sundays is a free service to members of HVWC. Space is limited so please reserve your spot. Until further notice, this group will meet online via Zoom. The host will email the Zoom link in the day leading up to the event. Please email [email protected] with any questions. One Sunday a month, 12:30-2:30 pm. Join host M.A. Scott for two hours of insider information on where and how to send your best work to literary journals. Members can reserve a seat at the…

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An Evening with Sandra Lim, Natasha Rao, and Devon Walker-Figueroa (via Zoom)

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 500 tickets left

Join us on Zoom for the final reading of the 2021 Series as we welcome Sandra Lim (The Curious Thing, Norton), Natasha Rao (winner of the 2021 APR Honickman First Book Prize chosen by Ada Limón) and Devon Walker-Figueroa (winner of the 2020 National Poetry Series chosen by Sally Keith). This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.)…

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Ekphrasis: Writing Inspired by Art with Suzanne Parker via Zoom

December 11 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 11 tickets left

Many writers wish they could pick up a paint brush and paint. Many painters express a desire to write. Ekphrastic poetry is part of a long tradition of writing in response to a work of art. From Homer's elaborate description of Achille's shield to today's poets engaging with contemporary art forms like installation and video art, the ekphrastic poem questions, responds to, incorporates, embellishes, and is in dialogue with a specific work of art. The beauty of ekphrastic poetry is…

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Publication Celebration for four HVWC Poetry Students: Vincent Bell, Helene Fisher, Tony Howarth, and Rachel Kowalsky (In Person & via Zoom)

December 12 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Free – $25.00 463 tickets left

Join Sophia Bannister (at HVWC) and Jennifer Franklin (on Zoom) as they celebrate the publications of four long-time students of the Hudson Valley Writers Center. We are happy to hold this event in person in accordance with the current state and CDC health guidelines. We will be asking attendees to attend in a mask and show proof of vaccination. (Proof of vaccination includes Excelsior Pass or a photo / hard copy of the completed vaccination card.) Please visit our Covid-19 policies…

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Jewish Writers Poetry Workshop with Sean Singer via Zoom

December 24 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
$320.00 11 tickets left

This two-day workshop (December 24-25th) is for writers who wish to engage with themes of Jewishness—Jewish identity, Jewish cultural history, Jewish as a religious or racial category, Jewish family, Jewish exile, Jewish diaspora, or Jewish ethics—in a time of rising antisemitism. The “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville in 2017 and the mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in 2018 challenge us to consider how poets are meant to write about questions of ethnicity and identity while we…

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January 2022

Making Love, Making Peace, Making Poems with Indran Amirthanayagam via Zoom

January 16, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 15 tickets left

We are in the midst constantly of the most important, delicate, trying, and carefully scripted negotiations in the history of our time; we are still mourning the ever increasing cataclysm of the dead from the virus. We are facing the climate tipping point. Are you ready for a poem? Are you ready to break the ice, make metaphors on the tongue? Are you ready to eat and drink poems instead of engaging in a heated discussion with your neighbor? Are you…

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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 SIX Mondays: Jan 17, Feb 7, Feb 28, Mar 28, Apr 18, May 9. (Please set aside a makeup date of May 30, just in case!) 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…

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Tues AM Memoir with Susan Hodara (via Zoom)

January 18, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
$374
Susan Hodara

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 offers a supportive environment wherein each week you will read your writing aloud and receive constructive feedback from the instructor and the other students. Writing takes place during the week, not in class, where the focus is on sharing and critique. Writers at all levels of…

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Tues PM Memoir with Susan Hodara (via Zoom)

January 18, 2022 @ 1:15 pm - 3:45 pm
$374
Susan Hodara

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 offers a supportive environment wherein each week you will read your writing aloud and receive constructive feedback from the instructor and the other students. Writing takes place during the week, not in class, where the focus is on sharing and critique. Writers at all levels of…

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Memoir Writing Workshop (Wednesday PM) with Susan Hodara Via Zoom

January 19, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$374
Susan Hodara

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 offers a supportive environment wherein each week you will read your writing aloud and receive constructive feedback from the instructor and the other students. Writing takes place during the week, not in class, where the focus is on sharing and critique. Writers at all levels of…

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A Reading & Discussion with Sandra M. Gilbert & Susan Gubar—Still Mad: American Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination (via Zoom)

January 19, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 500 tickets left

We are thrilled to announce that Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar will launch the 2022 Winter/Spring Reading Series on Zoom. Forty years after their first groundbreaking work of feminist literary theory, The Madwoman in the Attic, award-winning collaborators Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar map the literary history of feminism’s second wave. From its stirrings in the midcentury—when Sylvia Plath, Betty Friedan, and Joan Didion found their voices and Diane di Prima, Lorraine Hansberry, and Audre Lorde discovered community…

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Bright Spots: A Flash Memoir with CMarie Fuhrman via Zoom

January 22, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 12 tickets left

We remember in this way. Moments. Spurts. Flashes. As we look back on our lives these moments stand out, like bright spots on a hillside, the one house in the neighborhood with its lights on. Our task, at least in this class, will be to peer into those windows and report what we see and do so in 6 to 700 words! (just the right size to submit to journals and contests seeking flash stories.) Flash memoirs are intensified, very short,…

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“How to Write Funny” with Patricia Marx via Zoom

January 22, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$124 13 tickets left

Back by Popular demand, Patricia Marx will reprise her on-day intensive Master Craft Class on humor writing. NB: This is a one-day Master Class taught on Zoom and capped at 17 students. Slots will fill quickly so please register now if you want a spot. Please make sure to read our course policies page regarding workshop conduct and logistics before registering for any class at HVWC. Scholarship information will be available for this class in November. Patricia Marx is a…

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Poetry Master Class with Richie Hofmann via Zoom

January 23, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124.00 10 tickets left

NB: This is a one-day generative writing workshop taught on Zoom and capped at 15 students. Please make sure to read our course policies page regarding workshop conduct and logistics before registering for any class at HVWC. Scholarship information will be available for this class in November. Richie Hofmann’s new book of poems, A Hundred Lovers, is forthcoming from Knopf in February 2022. He is the author of Second Empire (2015), and his poetry appears recently in The New Yorker,…

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At the Heart of Story: Rising Action—a Playwriting Intensive with Barbara Blatner (via Zoom)

January 23, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 11 tickets left

NB: This class will be capped at 15 and taught via Zoom. You will receive a link as soon as you register to the email address you use to enroll in the class. Please check spam if you do not receive it. You will be sent a reminder email with the link 24 hours before class. Please read our policy page before registering. Scholarship information for this class will be available in November. Barbara Blatner is a playwright, poet and composer.…

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An Evening with Kerrin McCadden, Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, and Angela Narciso Torres

January 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25 498 tickets left

Join us as we welcome three award-winning poets to read from their new collections. Tickets are free but donations towards the poets' honoraria are appreciated. This event will be on Zoom. Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes (New Issues, 2014), Keep This To Yourself (Button Poetry, 2020), and American Wake (Black Sparrow Press, 2021). Her first book won the inaugural Vermont Book Award in 2015. A recent National Endowment for the Arts fellowship awardee, McCadden’s poems have appeared in Best American…

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Writing for Children and Young Adults but Were Afraid to Ask with Nora Raleigh Baskin via Zoom

January 29, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 15 tickets left

Of course, there are no hard and fast rules to creative writing, and if there were, they were meant to be broken. At the same time, there ARE guidelines to writing successful fiction, especially when writing for children and young adults. In this four-hour seminar, ALA award-winning author, Nora Raleigh Baskin, will share everything she wished she had known when she first started sending out her work for acceptance, from turning fact into fiction, plot vs character, the single sentence,…

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Plate Tectonics: Building Richer Poems through Shifts and Layers with Lauren Camp via Zoom

January 30, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$124 10 tickets left

Sometimes a poem you’ve been working on just isn’t getting where you want it to go. You might need a seismic shift, or you might simply need to plant a new seed in what you thought was hardened ground. A poem can often be made deeper and more resonant with time and a few techniques. This two-hour craft class will help you integrate and overlap approaches that will help the poem evolve. Come prepared to work (or really play!) with…

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February 2022

Using found materials to write poems with Leah Umansky via Zoom

February 6, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$124 15 tickets left

Let's write poems together where we use the newspaper, literature, or magazines as resources in which to help generate material. NB: This is a one-day generative writing workshop taught on Zoom and capped at 15 students. Please make sure to read our course policies page regarding workshop conduct and logistics before registering for any class at HVWC. Scholarship information will be available for this class in November. Leah Umansky has been an English teacher for 15 years and has taught…

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Braiding and Brainstorming: Writing Your Pop Culture Memoir with Lynn Melnick via Zoom

February 12, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 12 tickets left

This 4-hour workshop will introduce students to the braided essay, weaving multiple threads of material into a more complex, and often revelatory, whole. Pairing and splicing one’s personal story with that of a larger pop culture moment (hit song, movie icon, fashion trend, moon landing...) will guide students’ work into unexpected and richer directions—a kind of larger context brainstorming. We’ll discuss how to outline a series of these personal and pop culture moments into the bones of a larger memoir.…

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It’s All in the Details: a Prose Intensive with Melanie S. Hatter via Zoom

February 20, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 12 tickets left

Description is an important element in fiction to orient the reader to setting and characters. But how do you know what and how much to describe? Too much can slow the narrative and bore the reader, and not enough can leave a reader feeling lost or confused. By reviewing excerpts from a wide array of short stories and novels, we will explore how selecting the right details can add texture and depth to a story. Participants will have an opportunity…

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Craft Class on Allusion with Rachel Hadas via Zoom

February 27, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$124 14 tickets left

ALLUSION: poetry as conversation. The late poet Rachel Wetzsteon, author of the entry on Allusion in the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, observes that allusion in poetry mitigates our loneliness. How does allusion work to make poetry more expansive yet intimate, inclusive and informative all at once? We'll look at a few examples and also consider participants' work with allusions. NB: This is a one-day Master Class taught on Zoom and capped at 17 students. Slots will fill quickly…

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March 2022

Midrash Workshop with Alicia Ostriker on Zoom

March 5, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 13 tickets left

Midrash writing is a modern adaptation of an ancient rabbinic form–retelling some of the compelling stories in the Bible, from the point of view of the characters. In workshop, we start by re-imagining Adam and Eve, then go on to more complicated tales, discovering what they can mean for us today. Participants work at speed—some exercises 1 minute, some exercises 7 minutes—in order to short-circuit mental censorship. Participants read their poems (or pass, if they are uncomfortable reading to a…

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The Wide World: An Introduction to Translating Poetry on Zoom

March 6, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 10 tickets left

There is nothing so beautiful as transforming a poem from a foreign language into your own language. In this class we will work on translating poems from any language into English. We will work on texts already translated, so as to have a comparison text to consult. We will talk about voice, rhythm, style, tone, and diction level; we will learn the pleasure of perusing dictionaries and thesauruses. All skill levels are welcome. If there is interest in this class,…

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

March 13, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 11 tickets left

More than any of the other writing arts, poetry satisfies the imagination through strategic omission, surprising order, precise or unexpected word choices and deep subtext. We read what's implied or implicit in a poem as intensely as we read the actual lines themselves, gleaning more of what is being said by noticing the unsaid: tone of voice, rhetorical style, which topic is avoided or which word repeated; in other words, we read between the lines.  We also read between the…

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The art of the Prose Poem with Philip F. Clark via Zoom

March 20, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 15 tickets left

The course description will be posted shortly for this class. This class will be taught online using Zoom. Login instructions will be emailed on the day before the workshop. Please check spam/promotions filters or email [email protected] with questions. Scholarship information for all winter/spring classes will be available in mid-November. Philip F. Clark is the author of the poetry collection The Carnival of Affection (Sibling Rivalry Press 2017). Since 2015 he has taught at City College, New York, where he received…

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April 2022

The Poem Under the Poem: A Poetry Revision Workshop with January Gill O’Neil via Zoom

April 2, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124.00 14 tickets left

Sometimes our best words, lines, and phrases are keeping the poem from blooming. How can we take a fresh look at our writing to find the poem under the poem? Revision can feel overwhelming, particularly for emerging writers, but having strategies and tools for what to do can rejuvenate any poetry project. Join me for a lively conversation on how to revise both new and old work. We’ll do a close reading of poems and examine the aural dynamics and rich…

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Danger & Daring II: A Lyric Essay Class with Tyler Mills (via Zoom)

April 9, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 15 tickets left

In this two-hour workshop, you will brainstorm, write, and receive verbal feedback on a brand-new lyric essay in the spirit of danger. How can a single sentence become an essay? How can we draw from the pulse of poetry to write nonfiction narrative? And in what ways can the lyric essay as a genre allow us to fling back the curtain from what haunts a scene and approach it face-on? This generative session is open to essayists and poets of…

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Write an Electric 10 Minute Play with Barbara Blatner via Zoom

April 10, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124

Ten-minute play festivals abound. How do we write a really interesting ten-minute play that is not a skit, is shaped for maximum impact and becomes a full and fascinating experience for an audience? In this workshop, you will write a new ten-minute play and work to make it crackle with tension. You will first identify the core conflict you want to explore, then unfold in time your intensifying conflict by crafting what is called rising action. Writers of all levels…

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Simile Craft Class with Rachel Hadas via Zoom

April 23, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$124 15 tickets left

From Homer to A.E. Stallings, similes play a vital role in making poetry precise, memorable, and vivid. Sometimes, though similes are as much about unlikeness as likeness - as a Homeric scholar has observed, similes can go off the rails.  Let's dip into a few examples of this familiar but underrated poetic tool and see what we find. NB: This is a one-day Master Class taught on Zoom and capped at 17 students. Slots will fill quickly so please register…

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May 2022

How Line Breaks Work with Erin Hoover via Zoom

May 7, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124 13 tickets left

Lineation is one of poetry’s foundational craft elements, impacting nearly every aspect of a poem, from how it looks and sounds to what it means. Some of us understand line breaks intuitively when we begin writing poetry; some of us have been told to break on “important” words or where you might naturally pause when reading aloud.  This intensive craft class builds on those ideas to consider the poetic line “a unit of experience,” as Dana Levin has called it.…

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Writing Someone Else: A Persona Poem Workshop with Gretchen Primack via Zoom

May 21, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$99 15 tickets left

Our poems can’t help but involve our own stances and frames of reference. But that doesn't mean we can't write with outward focus and empathy. And we can jump into someone else’s skin a lot easier when we make persona poems, poems in the voice of another. Writing from another perspective--including other species' perspectives--can bridge divides, as well as dissolve self-absorption and loosen ruts. This workshop will share the ins and outs of writing someone else, whether that's a pop star, a…

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