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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

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.

April 2021

Experimental Poetry Craft Class with Sarah Vap via Zoom

April 18 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 7 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. 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 student may register.…

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What’s Left Unsaid: Writing Around and In Spite of the Truth in CNF with Marco Wilkinson via Zoom

April 18 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124 5 tickets left

For creative non-fiction writers more than others, we rely on writing what we know.  Truthfulness and facts are the tools of our trade.  How do we move forward with our writing when these tools are taken away from us?  Family secrets, lies, denials, contestations and silences all offer challenges to the memoirist trying to accurately navigate their narrative into being. The simple passage of time and loss of access to the people or documents that might accurately describe history can…

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Protected: Writing, Revising, and Publishing Short Fiction with Beth Hahn via Zoom

This will be held on six Wednesdays, from 5-7:30pm, beginning on April 14. Class will be taught online via Zoom for current students by invitation only. 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…

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An Evening with Elana Bell, Deborah Paredez, and C.Dale Young (via Zoom)

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free 79 tickets left

This reading will take place via Zoom. You can register below for a free ticket. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Additional donations given at checkout (toward the poets' honoraria) are encouraged and greatly appreciated. Elana Bell is the author of Mother Country (BOA Editions in 2020), poems about fertility, motherhood, and mental illness. Elana’s debut collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones (LSU Press…

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Defining and Assembling Your Memoir with Susan Hodara via Zoom

April 24 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 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] 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…

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Is Grief a Bridge: Writing Lyrical Prose with Rosebud Ben-Oni via Zoom

April 24 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 6 tickets left

How is Grief a period of prolonged waiting, consuming you, more verb than noun? How can you make Grief a bridge to another side, exploring where you are in it, rather than just trying to write yourself out of it? In this workshop we will excavate, process and draw out unprocessed experiences, memories and the emotions tied within then in order to, according to author Naja Marie Aidt, “create meaning from the meaningless of Grief.” We will also read work from contemporary authors like Gabby Bellot,…

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The Sonnet with Rachel Hadas via Zoom

April 25 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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] 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…

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

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free 39 tickets left

Register below for a free ticket. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Donations at checkout toward the poets' honoraria are encouraged and greatly appreciated. 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 of three memoirs: the New York Times-bestselling Dog Years (HarperCollins, 2007),…

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Protected: Pageturning Fiction Workshop with Joanne Dobson (via Zoom)

This class will be taught on Zoom. It will start on Thursday, April 29 and end on June 3 for a total of six 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 tension between…

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May 2021

The Alchemy of Autofiction with Anna Potter via Zoom

May 1 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 14 tickets left

This is a one-day, four-hour workshop. Have you ever wanted to write about a life experience but found yourself hamstrung by the truth? Autofiction offers a safe space to explore a slanted truth. In this workshop, we'll explore passages from authors such as Jenny Offill, Elif Batuman, Sheila Heti, Jeanette Wintereson, and Timothy O'Brien to explore how they use their own life experiences to power their fiction. Then we'll take what we've observed and practice it on the page. Students…

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

May 2 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 8 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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Submission Sunday (May 2021)

May 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$10 11 tickets left

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…

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Write, Write, Write!: A Fiction Workshop for Teens (via Zoom)

May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$150 8 tickets left

Do you love to write fiction? Would you like to generate new work week after week? Would it be helpful to get feedback from other teens who love and understand writing just as much as you? In this five-week workshop, we’ll use prompts to create new stories, experiment with different forms, and discuss the writing process. Writers will receive positive feedback so they can take what they produce in class and confidently improve their writing. In our last workshop, writers…

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Memoir Writing Workshop (AM) with Susan Hodara Via Zoom

May 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
$374 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] This is a 7-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 10:30am-12:45pm on May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, Jun 1, June 8 and June 15. Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to…

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Memoir Writing Workshop (PM) with Susan Hodara Via Zoom

May 4 @ 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm
$374 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] This is a 7-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 1:15-3:30pm on May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, Jun 1, Jun 8, and Jun 15. Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to…

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

May 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$370 6 tickets left

This is a 6-week class meeting Thursdays 6:00 - 8:30pm, starting Thursday, May 6 and ending on June 10. 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 a book? Let 2021 be the year you do…

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All in the Family Poetry Craft Class with Kirun Kapur (via Zoom)

May 8 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 11 tickets left

From epic tales of migration to intimate childhood cameos, family history can provide rich and challenging material for poets. How does time, perspective, character, form and questions of truth/authority effect a writer’s efforts to turn private family experiences into poetry that is meaningful beyond the familial circle? In this generative workshop we’ll explore the unique pleasures and perils of bringing family memories and members to life in verse. We will begin by investigating how a variety of well-known poets have…

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Open Write

May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$10 17 tickets left

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 Michelle Thomas and Cassie Cartaginese will facilitate an evening of generative writing, story swapping and community building. This group will take place via Zoom. You will get Zoom login instructions when you receive your registration confirmation email. Open Write is $10 or FREE to members. If you are a member you should have received a coupon code…

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An Evening with January Gill O’Neil, Tina Kelley, and Pattiann Rogers (via Zoom)

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free 399 tickets left

This Writing Nature reading is co-sponsored by Teatown Lake Reservation Nature Preserve. It is also co-hosted by Book Ya Ya. Tickets are $10. Please click here to purchase your ticket on Book Ya Ya. After registering, check the promotions/spam folder of your email inbox for an invitation from Book Ya Ya to our event. When you accept the invitation, you’ll be directed to the Zoom link.  If you cannot spend $10 on the ticket, you may register for a free ticket…

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An evening with Alex Dimitrov & Donika Kelly via Zoom

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free 127 tickets left

Please join us as we welcome Alex Dimitrov and Donika Kelly to read from their astonishing new collections and answer your questions on craft in a engaging Q&A on Zoom. You may submit questions before the event to [email protected] and live on the zoom chat. This reading is co-hosted by Book Ya Ya. Tickets are $10. Please register here.  If you are unable to pay $10 for a ticket, or are a current HVWC student, you may register below on…

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Open Mic

May 21 @ 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm
Free – $5

Please note: until further notice, this event will meet online via Zoom.  Participants will receive Zoom login instructions in their registration receipt email. Please check your spam / promotions filter for this email at the time of your registration. Our Open Mic Nights are held from 7:30-9:30 pm on the 3rd Friday of each month. Virtual doors open at 7:20 pm for event starting at 7:30. Due to popular demand to participate, we’ve had to limit the amount of readers to 20. Free audience…

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June 2021

An Evening with Tiana Clark, Diane Seuss, and Page Hill Starzinger via Zoom

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $20 493 tickets left

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.) Tiana Clark is the author of the poetry collection, I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Clark is a…

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Craft Class: Writing Grief with Edward Hirsch via Zoom

June 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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] In honor of the much-awaited publication of 100 Poems to Break Your Heart by Edward Hirsch (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (March 30, 2021), the Hudson Valley Writers Center has asked Hirsch to teach a craft class on writing poems that transform grief into art.…

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Voices of Poetry at HVWC (Via Zoom)

June 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free – $25 494 tickets left

Join us for an afternoon of exceptional poetry and music, featuring a quarter of award-winning poets. After the readings, we will have a Q&A. You may submit questions before the event to [email protected], or ask them at the time of the Q&A. This reading is free and capped at 500. Donations (towards the poets’ honoraria) are encouraged and appreciated. This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration and again the day of the…

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Craft Class European Poetry in Translation with Edward Hirsch via Zoom

June 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free – $124 6 tickets left

Among other things, Edward Hirsch is known for his graduate class on European poetry in translation at NYU. He will adapt that class to a craft talk for us at the Hudson Valley Writers Center, on Zoom. This class will be capped at 20. Please note: This class will be on Zoom. Zoom login information will be emailed at the time of registration (please check spam/promotions filter). Please email [email protected] with any questions. There are two Altman Persons of Color…

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An evening with Sumita Chakraborty, Cortney Lamar Charleston, & Carey Salerno on Zoom

June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $20 500 tickets left

Join us for an evening of award-winning new poetry by Sumita Chakraborty (Arrow, Alice James Books), Cortney Lamar Charleston (Doppelgangbanger, Haymarket Books), and Carey Salerno (Tributary, Persea Books). 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.) Sumita Chakraborty is a poet, essayist, and scholar. Her debut collection of poetry, Arrow, was released in September 2020 with Alice James Books in the United…

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The Fire Songs: An Online Poetry Craft Class & Workshop with Marchant (via Zoom)

June 27 @ 12:30 pm
Free – $124 4 tickets left

In many civilizations of the ancient world, fire was often thought to be one of the four elements of being. One can still see how central it is to our daily experience. Just think of all the fire, both literal and metaphorical, that we have within and around us. Think of the wildfires we see in the forests or plains, or think of starting a campfire and the smoke rising, and later the ashes we douse and scatter. Think of…

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July 2021

BASIC & BOLD—Uses of Contemporary Poetry Generative Workshop with Patricia Spears Jones on Zoom

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

This Workshop is designed to engage participants with contemporary poets, many of whom are writers of color, and their different strategies to generate new work. The Workshop will be in two parts: #1.  Participants will look at poems in the packet and discuss the work of those poets with whom they unfamiliar.  #2.  We will use vocabulary from two or three of the poems to generate new work. We will use poems as catalyst for new works. Poems by Joy Harjo,…

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An Evening with Copper Canyon Poets Ellen Bass & Arthur Sze on Zoom

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $20 496 tickets left

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.) Ellen Bass’s newest collection, Indigo, was published by Copper Canyon Press in April 2020. Her other poetry books include Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love. Her poems appear  frequently in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and many other journals. Among her awards are Fellowships from the NEA, the California Arts Council,…

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First Moves, Last Moves: A Poetry Craft Class with Rebecca Morgan Frank (via Zoom)

July 25 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124 13 tickets left

In his essay “The Figure a Poem Makes,” Robert Frost writes that a poem “begins in delight, it inclines to the impulse, it assumes direction with the first line laid down, it runs a course of lucky events, and ends in a clarification of life—not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.” But how do we discover first lines that keep us writing? How do we revise our first…

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An Evening with Silvina López Medin, Jennifer Militello, and Jennifer Stuart Miller on Zoom

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $20 500 tickets left

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.) Silvina López Medin was born in Buenos Aires and lives in New York. Her books of poetry include: La noche de los bueyes (1999), winner of the Loewe Foundation International Young Poetry Prize, Esa sal en la lengua para decir manglar (2014), 62 brazadas (2015), and Excursion (2020) was selected by Mary…

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Midrash Workshop with Alicia Ostriker on Zoom

July 31 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $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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August 2021

An Evening of Prose with Paisley Rekdal & Carol Edgarian (via Zoom)

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $10 498 tickets left

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.) Paisley Rekdal  is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee;  the hybrid photo-text memoir, Intimate; and five books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos; Six Girls Without Pants; The Invention of the Kaleidoscope; Animal Eye, a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize;…

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