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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.

June 2021

English/Spanish Poetry Workshop with Silvina López Medin (via Zoom)

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$150 – $250

This is a 4-week workshop. It begins on June 1 and ends on June 22nd. It will be conducted via Zoom. Link will be sent at the time of registration. Please check spam / promotions filter or email [email protected] with questions. // Este es un taller de 4 semanas. Comienza el 1 de junio y finaliza el 22 de junio. Se llevará a cabo a través de Zoom. El enlace se enviará en el momento de la inscripción. Consulte el…

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

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $20

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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Workshop in Pure Critique with Peter Bricklebank via Zoom

June 3 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370

This class will run on 6 Thursdays from 9:30am – 12noon beginning on Thursday June 3. Class will take place via Zoom. Link will be sent via email at the time of workshop registration (please check spam filters and email [email protected] with any questions or if the link isn’t received). Open to writers of all ages and genres. Whether writing in a garret, ivory tower, or a fever pitch of blind faith, at some point a writer needs to see…

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The Art of Dramatic Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow via Zoom

June 4 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$320
William Bigelow

This class will meet on Friday, June 4 for six Fridays, ending on July 9. This class will be taught online via Zoom. Zoom login information will be included in the email confirming class registration. Please check your spam filter for this email or write to [email protected] with any questions. This is a course designed for writers looking to create screenplays, stage plays, and teleplays for television shows. Paramount in this effort, we will focus on an approach which is necessary in…

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Craft Class: Writing Grief with Edward Hirsch via Zoom

June 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124

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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Submission Sunday (via Zoom)

June 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10
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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Voices of Poetry at HVWC (Via Zoom)

June 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $25

Join us for an afternoon of exceptional poetry and music, featuring a quartet 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 open to the public. This reading will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed after registration and again the day of the event. (Please check spam / promotions folder for…

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Monday Night Poetry with Alex Dimitrov (via Zoom)

June 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$250

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] This is a 4-week class, occurring on 4 consecutive Mondays beginning June 7 ending on June 28 via Zoom. 6:30-9:00pm EST. HVWC is lucky to have award-winning Copper Canyon poet and editor, Alex Dimitrov, teaching our students again this summer. Don’t miss the…

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Craft Class European Poetry in Translation with Edward Hirsch via Zoom

June 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124

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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Poetry and Spiritual Reflection with Suzanne Ironbiter via Zoom

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

This one-day poetry intensive will meet on Saturday, June 12th from 12:30- 4:30 PM EST via Zoom. Login instructions will be emailed at the time of workshop registration. Please check spam filters or email [email protected] with questions. During the pandemic, many of us have had more occasion than usual to reflect on life and death. This workshop will focus on cultivating writing grounded in reflection from inside or outside a philosophical or religious tradition of teachings and practices. We will explore poems…

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Who Am I Now: Owning the Role of Narrator in Creative Nonfiction with Susanne Paola Antonetta via Zoom

June 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124

Whether you are writing a book-length memoir or a work of flash nonfiction, when you write creative nonfiction you become that magical being--both author of the story and actor within it. We will discuss how narrative presence is built through multiple, sometimes conflicting, voices. We’ll examine different ways of inhabiting your writing, artful use of second and third person in addition to the “I,” and more. Reading will include works by James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf, Ira Sukrungruang, Judith Kitchen, and…

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Open Write (via Zoom)

June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$10

Please join us for our warm and welcoming Open Write Nights, now 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. 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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The Joy of Editing with Daniel Lawless & Frances Richey via Zoom

June 13 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124

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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Erasure:  What Am I Missing? with Jennifer Sperry Steinorth via Zoom

June 13 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
Free – $124

The literary form of erasure allows an artist to interrogate authors, history, power and collective consciousness via the transformation of textual artifacts. Some view this act as akin to the creation of graven images—destroying the “original work” of one author for the unoriginal and perhaps subpar work of another. But how might erasure create dynamics that cannot be achieved via other forms?  What can we discover from what we cover up? And what are we, as readers, to make of these…

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

June 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
$370

This will be held on six Tuesdays, from 5-7:30pm, beginning on June 15. Class will be taught online via Zoom. Zoom link will be sent via email at the time of registration. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. 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…

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Protected: A Meditation on the Poetry Manuscript Intensive (Wednesdays) with Jennifer Franklin via Zoom

NB: This a 3-week class meeting on Zoom, Wednesdays from 12:30pm to 3:00pm starting Wednesday June 16th and ending on Wednesday June 30th. In this class, we will talk about ways of putting together a poetry manuscript. Special attention will be paid to TOC, Titles, Length, Prologue Poems, Epigraphs, Notes. Each week, three students will address questions they are struggling with in the deep revision process. This class is designed for past and present students enrolled in Jennifer Franklin's YoYB:…

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The Chelsea at Greenburgh & HVWC present: An Afternoon with poet Suzanne Cleary (via Zoom)

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Free

Hudson Valley Writers Center is thrilled to partner with The Chelsea at Greenburgh for an afternoon of whimsy and humor with poet Suzanne Cleary. Registration for this virtual event is free. This event will take place via Zoom, and the link will be sent via email at the time of registration. Suzanne Cleary’s Crude Angel (BkMk Press 2018) is her fourth full-length poetry collection. Beauty Mark (BkMk 2013) won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, the Nassar Poetry Prize, and…

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Protected: A Meditation on the Poetry Manuscript: Three Week Intensive with Jennifer Franklin

NB: This a 3-week class meeting on Zoom, Friday 10:30am-1:00pm starting Friday June 18th and ending on Friday July 2nd. In this class, we will talk about ways of putting together a poetry manuscript. Special attention will be paid to TOC, Titles, Length, Prologue Poems, Epigraphs, Notes. Each week, three students will address questions they are struggling with in the deep revision process. This class is designed for the students currently enrolled in Jennifer Franklin's YoYB Class. Returning students must…

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Open Mic (via Zoom)

June 18 @ 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm
Free – $5

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. 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. Free audience members still…

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Protected: Advanced Short Fiction (via Zoom)

This class will be held on six Wednesdays, from 5-7:30pm, beginning on June 23. There will be no class on July 7. The second option, a 9 week series, allows for three additional weeks for those working on books. 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…

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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

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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An Evening with Gretchen Primack & Tim Seibles on Zoom

June 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $15

Gretchen Primack (Kind, Lantern Publishing & Media, 2021) and Tim Seibles (National Book Award finalist and former Poet Laureate of Virginia) will read from their most recent collections. They will also discuss Kind by Primack for which Seibles has written the forward. Registration for this event is free. Donations (toward the poets’ honoraria) are encouraged and greatly appreciated, but not required. This event will take place via Zoom. The link will be sent via email at the time of registration and again…

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July 2021

Memoir Writing Workshop (AM) with Susan Hodara Via Zoom

July 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
$320
Susan Hodara

This class  has sold out. To get on a waiting list for summer memoir workshops, please email [email protected]  This is a 6-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 10:30am-12:45pm on July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10. Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week…

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Memoir Writing Workshop (PM) with Susan Hodara Via Zoom

July 6 @ 1:15 pm - 3:45 pm
$320
Susan Hodara

This class  has sold out. To get on a waiting list for summer memoir workshops, please email [email protected]  This is a 6-week class meeting online via ZOOM Tuesdays 1:15-3:30pm on July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10. Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most vivid memories? For those with a work-in-progress or those starting fresh, this class will offer a supportive environment wherein each week…

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

July 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$320
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 6-week class meeting online via ZOOM Wednesdays 3-5 pm on July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11. Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding your most…

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Pageturning Fiction Workshop with Joanne Dobson (via Zoom)

July 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$320
Joanne Dobson

This multi-week class series will be taught on Zoom. It will start on Thursday, July 8 and end on August 12 for a total of six Thursdays. 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 protagonists and disquieting antagonists. Whether your characters inhabit…

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Writing Storybooks for Children Master Class with Katharine Holabird via Zoom

July 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free – $124

Join award winning author Katharine Holabird for inspiration and tips on how to write picture books that will resonate with both children and parents. Katharine will share over 30 years experience creating and publishing children’s picture books, and working with editors, book designers, and illustrators. Learn what makes a picture book popular, and how to keep a young audience engaged and entertained, as well as some of the pitfalls to avoid. Katharine will share her insights on creating memorable characters,…

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Open Write (via Zoom)

July 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$10

Please join us for our warm and welcoming Open Write Nights, now 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. 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 you can…

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

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

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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Workshop for High School Students with Leah Umansky via Zoom

July 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$200

The truth is that all artists steal. Students will steal their inspiration from many sources to create poems of their owns. These sources could be a newspaper, a favorite book, a television show or movie, or even dialogue overheard on a walk or at a store. You never know when inspiration will strike you and that is part of the excitement of poetry. Poetry is fun, though many might not tell you that. Our poetry assignments will range from free-verse…

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Six-Week Hybrid Workshop with Chris Campanioni via Zoom

July 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$370

Please note this workshop is now sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please email [email protected] We are thrilled to announce that Chris Campanioni has answered our students' request to expand his popular one-day hybrid intensives to a six week workshop! “Every life is the defense of a form,” wrote Susan Sontag in her notebook in March, 1979. “Form is the defense of every marginalized life,” I wrote in my notebook in February, 2017. Hybridity…

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YoYB: Poetry Wednesday Summer Session with Jennifer Franklin

July 14 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
$310 – $370

NB: This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom, Wednesdays 12:30am-3:00pm starting Wednesday July 14th and ending Wednesday August 18th. 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 and goes through the year. A combination…

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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

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.) Please note that the reading takes place from 7-8:30pm Eastern time. Donations toward the readers' honoraria are much appreciated. 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…

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Creative Reading: A Poetry Craft Class with Sean Singer via Zoom

July 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$320

The purpose of a writing class is to learn how to read better as much as it is to write better. Creative reading is as essential as creative writing, yet this phrase is never used. If everyone could read better and more creatively it would help both readers and writers. The reader is the stunt double for the writer. The reader tries to understand the writer’s intention and find openings to enter the poem. The writer is the stunt double…

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YoYB: Poetry Friday Summer Session with Jennifer Franklin via Zoom

July 16 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
$370

NB: This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom, Fridays 10:30am to 1:00pm starting Friday July 16th and ending Wednesday August 20th. 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 and goes through the year.…

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Open Mic (via Zoom)

July 16 @ 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm
Free – $5

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. 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. Free audience members still need…

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Plot Prose Intensive with Monica Ferrell via Zoom

July 17 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free – $99

If events are pearls, plot is the string that holds them together. If each individual scene in your story is like a star illuminating the sky, plot is the constellation that connects them. One of the most challenging aspects of writing fiction—especially for those authors new to it—is structuring a plot where each action causes the next like a set of carefully-arranged dominoes falling. What makes a plot surprising or engaging? How does plot connect to character? In this craft…

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Summer Inspiration: Get unstuck! Break habits! with Suzanne Parker on Zoom

July 18 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124

Let’s come together and generate ideas for new ways to work. Most people have something or things that inspire them and trigger their writing. It might be memories, ideas, observations, or an evocative image. However, over time, these sources of inspiration can lose their potency, even limit the kind of work produced and the growth that every writer desires. This generative workshop will shake things up by focusing on the expansion of our fields of inspiration. We will explore five…

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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: July 19, August 16, September 13, October 4, October 25, and November 15. 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 this class, you will use your own writing as we work…

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You Can Do It: A Poetry Workshop for Beginners and Others with Suzanne Cleary via Zoom

July 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$370

Our Writers Center community and neighbors have requested an Introduction to Poetry Writing workshop, and here it is! This workshop is an introduction to writing poetry, designed for those who are brand new to writing poetry, and also for those who want to reenergize their poems by revisiting the basics. With a focus on core poetic techniques, we will read model poems and use them as the basis for writing exercises and weekly assignments.  Expect a supportive circle of writers,…

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Writing for the Fun of It! (Grades 3 – 5, via Zoom) with Tina Tocco

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$175

Do you love to write? Would you like to dive into a bunch of fun writing exercises this summer, 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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Jericho Brown Scholars’ Creative Writing Workshop for High School Poets of Color taught by Nathan McClain via Zoom

July 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Jericho Brown, through his generosity to the Hudson Valley Writers Center, has made it possible for ten lucky high school students of color to take a 4-week creative writing workshop with award-winning Four Way Books poet, Nathan McClain. Participants can expect to read poems by  Olena Katyiak Davis, Elizabeth Bishop, Shira Erlichman, and Leila Chatti, and Jericho Brown among others. Packets will be provided prior to the workshop. Please note: Ten scholarships will be awarded to…

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The Art of Dramatic Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow via Zoom

July 23 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
$320
William Bigelow

This class will meet on Friday, July23 for six Fridays, ending on August 27. This class will be taught online via Zoom. Zoom login information will be included in the email confirming class registration. Please check your spam filter for this email or write to [email protected] with any questions. This is a course designed for writers looking to create screenplays, stage plays, and teleplays for television shows. Paramount in this effort, we will focus on an approach which is necessary in all…

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Write an Electric Ten-Minute Play with Barbara Blatner via Zoom

July 24 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $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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One Day Memoir Workshop with Susan Hodara via Zoom

July 24 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124
Susan Hodara

Please note this intensive is now sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please email [email protected] This is a one-day, four hour class that will be taught via Zoom. 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…

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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

Please note: this intensive is now sold out. If you'd like to be placed on the waitlist, email [email protected] 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…

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

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

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. 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),…

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Midrash Workshop with Alicia Ostriker on Zoom

July 31 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124.00

This workshop is SOLD OUT. Please write to [email protected] to be placed on the waiting list. 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…

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August 2021

Intuitive Recollections: A Prose Workshop with Kofi Antwi via Zoom

August 1 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124

The Intuitive Recollections Workshop will challenge writers to reframe narratives through memories of one's personal experiences. During the four hours, writers will engage in establishing a distinct structure for prose writing. Writers will examine and discuss the text assigned. The prompts supplied by the workshop facilitator will serve as entry into the writer’s written work created in the workshop. Additionally, the instructor will offer an analysis of the in-workshop readings literary and poetic components, and feedback to writer’s work created during…

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Submission Sunday (via Zoom)

August 1 @ 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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HVWC Prose Instructors’ Reading on Zoom: Bricklebank, Chiu, Hahn, and Vatner

August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free – $25

Join us as we welcome four of our core prose instructors of the Hudson Valley Writers Center as they read from their latest work on Zoom. Peter Bricklebank has published in The American Voice, Carolina Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Kansas Quarterly, Confrontation, Fiction, The New York Times Book Review and The Chicago Tribune, et al.. His chapter on essay/memoir appears in The Portable MFA. He has taught at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, and elsewhere, including a year as Nonfiction…

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“I Have Got to Stop Loving You:” A Poetry Workshop with Rosebud Ben-Oni via Zoom

August 7 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124

"Wishing I could get out of this alive," Ai writes in “I Have Got to Stop Loving You" as she reflects on a troubled relationship, "I hug myself./It is hard to remember if he suffered much." In this workshop, students will generate new work by exploring the intersections of heartbreak and sacrifice alongside unbridled joy and euphoria that complex relationships can yield. We will also read work from contemporary authors like Jericho Brown, Richard Siken and Safiya Sinclair. This class will…

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Dismantling Coloniality in Travel Writing with Bani Amor via Zoom

August 8 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124

Re-examine your approach to travel writing by turning critical analysis into literary praxis with genderqueer travel writer Bani Amor! This one-day intensive will take place on Sunday, August 8th, from 12:30 - 4:30 PM EST via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent via email after registration. Please check your spam/promotions folder. After centuries of exposure to travel literature told by a dominant voice, it’s natural for our writing to reflect these perspectives in coded (and not-so-coded) ways. As the…

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An Evening with Jennifer Jean, Barbara Ras, and Heidi Seaborn via Zoom

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25

Please join us as we welcome three award-winning, fierce feminist poets—Jennifer Jean, Barbara Ras, and Heidi Seaborn—to read from their wonderful new collections and to answer your questions on craft in a engaging Q&A on Zoom. You may submit questions before the event to [email protected] or live in the zoom chat. Registration for this event is free. Donations (toward the poets’ honoraria) are encouraged and greatly appreciated, but not required. Jennifer Jean’s poetry collections include Object Lesson (Lily Books) and…

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Workshop in Pure Critique with Peter Bricklebank via Zoom

August 12 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
$370.00

This class will run on 6 Thursdays from 9:30am – 12noon beginning on Thursday August 12. Class will take place via Zoom. Link will be sent via email at the time of workshop registration (please check spam filters and email [email protected] with any questions or if the link isn’t received). Open to writers of all ages and genres. Whether writing in a garret, ivory tower, or a fever pitch of blind faith, at some point a writer needs to see…

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Beyond the Personal with Martha Collins via Zoom

August 14 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124

Please note this intensive is now sold out. Email [email protected] if your plans have changed or you'd like to be placed on the waitlist. In the first hour of this workshop, I will discuss poems that extend beyond personal experience and into material that involves research (historical, social, nature-related, etc.) or current or recent events— without sacrificing personal involvement and feeling. The remainder of the workshop will be devoted to a discussion of your work. Please send a poem of…

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Open Write (via Zoom)

August 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$10

Please join us for our warm and welcoming Open Write Nights, now 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. 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 you can…

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Because I Said So: When Ambiguity & Authority Conspire with Jennifer Sperry Steinorth via Zoom

August 15 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124.00

NB: This class has been postponed until 2022. The teacher has had a medical situation and cannot teach on Sunday August 15th. or…What Can Happen When Your Mother Writes The Poem Who hasn’t written—perhaps too many times to count— the overly-ambiguous poem? We may have attempted to employ ambiguity intentionally, repressing aspects of narrative we wish to avoid, gravities we haven’t yet defined—only to find our readers can’t find the there there. In this class we’ll examine the relationship between…

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

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $20.00

This reading will take place via Zoom.The Zoom link will be emailed at the time of registration and again on the day of the reading. (Please check spam / promotions folder for this email and email [email protected] with any questions.) Donations toward the readers' honoraria are greatly appreciated. Paisley Rekdal's newest work of nonfiction is Appropriate: A Provocation, which examines cultural appropriation (W.W. Norton, 2021). She is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; …

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Open Mic (via Zoom)

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

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. 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. Free audience members still need…

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Writing the Ekphrastic Poem: Transforming the Visual into Words with Philip F. Clark via Zoom

August 21 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124

The art of the ekphrastic poem — inspired by painting, photography, cinema, and sculpture —has a long and important history, from such great poets such as Lord Byron, Shelley, Keats, William Carlos Williams, Wislawa Symborksa, Elizabeth Bishop, Molly Peacock, and A.E.Stallings. It continues to be a thriving poetic genre, a collaboration of two arts. In this workshop, we will study some of the best examples of ekphrastic poetry and the art that inspires it. We will discuss the creative process…

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The Art of Voice with Claire Jimenez via Zoom

August 22 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124

What is voice? And how do we render it on the page. In this one-day multi-genre workshop, not only will we look at the work of fiction writers such as Grace Paley and Toni Cade Bambara, but we will also examine what tools we can borrow from poets to create strong voices in our stories. We will discuss craft, do generative writing, and share some work. There are two Altman POC Scholarships given on a first come, first served basis.…

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Writing Riveting Fiction with Erin Kate Ryan via Zoom

August 28 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124

Your story doesn’t have to be action or thriller to keep your readers hooked. Employing an interior logic of tension and momentum, you can write even the most intimate, domestic story into a page-turner. Over four hours, this course will give you eight methods for keeping readers engaged in your story from beginning to end, and to keep your story from sagging in the middle. We’ll look to contemporary writers for strong examples of each method, and incorporate free writing…

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A Metic Workshop for Poets with Nick Makoha via Zoom

August 29 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124

An engaging and provoking poetry masterclass with Nick Makoha, winner of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015. It explores the Black Metic Experience of poets and investigates how writers in exile are differentiated from natives. As a writer in exile himself, Nick uses Metic to explain the phenomena experienced by black writers in the UK and the US. The aim is to investigate each participants’ own unique Metic experience. A metic is an individual whose allegiances are split between…

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September 2021

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

September 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$320.00

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] This is a 6-week class meeting Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30pm, starting Thursday, September 2 and ending on October 7. This class will be taught online via Zoom. Login details will be sent via email from the instructor a few days before class begins.…

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Submission Sunday (via Zoom)

September 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$10
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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Protected: Year of Your Book: Poetry Manuscript (Wednesday Class) with Jennifer Franklin, Fall #1 (via Zoom)

This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom, Wednesday 12:30pm-3:00pm starting Wednesday September 8th and ending on Friday October 27th. NB: This class will NOT meet on Wednesday September 29th & Wednesday October 13th.  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…

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Pageturning Fiction Workshop with Joanne Dobson (via Zoom)

September 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$220.00 – $320.00
Joanne Dobson

This multi-week class series will be taught on Zoom. It will start on Thursday, September 9 and end on October 14 for a total of six Thursdays. 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 protagonists and disquieting antagonists. Whether your characters inhabit the…

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Protected: YoYB: Poetry Manuscript with Jennifer Franklin (Friday), Fall Session #1 (via Zoom)

This a 6-week class meeting on Zoom, Friday 10:30am-1:00pm starting Friday September 10th and ending Friday October 29th. NB: Class will NOT be held on Friday October 1st and Friday October 15th.  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…

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How to Write Characters Who Live and Breathe with Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond (via Zoom)

September 11 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124.00

“Don’t write about a character. Become that character, and then write your story.” -Ethan Canin What does it take to create characters so real you can almost feel their presence as you read? In this 4-hour workshop, through group examination of the characters in Oyinkan Braithwaite's My Sister, the Serial Killer (excerpts will be provided), we will: Review the character types and archetypes who populate most narratives Discuss characters who don't breathe i.e. the entities in a story that are not living, but take on a life…

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Open Write (via Zoom)

September 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$10

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. 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 you can…

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

September 12 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124.00

Please note that this workshop is now sold out. 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 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…

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Monday Night Poetry Workshop with Patrick Donnelly via Zoom

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$370.00

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]   We’ll gather to consider poems that you’ve already written, an opportunity to receive response and to give it. Our goal is to become the best “noticers” we can be, “people on whom nothing is lost,” as Henry James put it. Our primary…

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The Poet You Can Be: A Poetry Workshop for Beginners and Others with Amy Holman via Zoom

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$310 – $370

Our Writers Center community and neighbors have requested an Introduction to Poetry Writing workshop, and here is the next one in our series! This workshop invites those new to writing poetry and those returning to their love of it, to learn what makes a poem happen, from economy of language to clarity of imagery, its rhythms and structures, as well as the poet’s emotions, experiences, and ideas. We will read through poems that employ different approaches and techniques, and students…

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Memoir Writing Workshop (AM) with Susan Hodara Via Zoom

September 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
$320.00
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 will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you…

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Memoir Writing Workshop (PM) with Susan Hodara Via Zoom

September 14 @ 1:15 pm - 3:45 pm
$214.00 – $320.00
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 will offer a supportive environment wherein each week you…

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Open Mic (via Zoom)

September 17 @ 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm
Free – $5

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. 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. Free audience members still need…

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Danger and Daring: Lyric Essay Workshop with Tyler Mills via Zoom

September 18 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free – $99.00

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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The Sound of Finding: A Workshop by Janice Lowe via Zoom

September 18 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124

This workshop explores writing as a multi-media entity, offers exciting ground for collage, remixing, experimentation and is, in a Dadaist sense, a portrait of the writer and the times. Explore hybrid, multi-media texts by twentieth- and twenty-first-century writer-performers, social justice activists, musicians and installation artists. Grow your audio and video assemblage practice by experimenting with found language, found sound and cross-genre collaboration. Play with possibilities of music-text-video interaction. Increasingly, the collection of digital media is a daily practice. How can these…

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

September 19 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124

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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Screaming the Unsayable: Investigating Subtext and Dialogue: A Prose Intensive with Tariq Shah via Zoom

September 19 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124.00

In this intensive, we will look at a wide range of short stories, novel excerpts and craft essays that all exemplify and detail how subtext works to create compelling, vibrant dialogue. In addition, we will put the explored principles to practice, generating prose that captures the audience's attention and lends depth to current work–at whatever stage it happens to be–and workshopping student submissions with an eye toward sharpening this and other aspects of story. Tariq Shah is the author of Whiteout…

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

September 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$374 – $427
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 8-week class meeting online via ZOOM Wednesdays 3-5 pm on Sep 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10. Are you inspired to record the transforming events of your life? Are you drawn to explore the circumstances surrounding…

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An Evening with Major Jackson, Peter Filkins, and Jessica Cuello via Zoom

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25.00

Please join us on Zoom for the launch of the HVWC reading series! We are thrilled to welcome Major Jackson, Peter Filkins, and Jessica Cuello 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. Major Jackson is a poet, professor, and the author of three…

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How to Tell the Story of Your Life with Danielle Trussoni via Zoom

September 25 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124.00

You have a personal story to tell. Now what? After you’ve made the decision to write about a personal experience, it can be difficult to know what form will best serve that story. Fiction, memoir, narrative essay – all of these forms are possibilities, and all have specific strengths and weaknesses that might support your narrative in different ways. The question is: What form is right for your story. This workshop will be a space in which writers discuss their…

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

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on October 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm

$140 – $175.00

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. You'll receive positive feedback so you can take what your produce in class and confidently improve your creative writing outside of class -- both…

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A Celebration of Local Authors with Ira Rosen, Lori Toppel, and Alan Winnikoff

September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $25.00

Please note: in-person tickets for this event are now sold out! Join us on the Zoom livestream to enjoy these readings. The Board and Staff of HVWC are thrilled to welcome our local community to our first in-person reading since February 2020. 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. We are pleased to…

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October 2021

Creative Reading: A Poetry Craft Class with Sean Singer via Zoom

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$320

The purpose of a writing class is to learn how to read better as much as it is to write better. Creative reading is as essential as creative writing, yet this phrase is never used. If everyone could read better and more creatively it would help both readers and writers. The reader is the stunt double for the writer. The reader tries to understand the writer’s intention and find openings to enter the poem. The writer is the stunt double…

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Little Revolutions: Writing the Contemporary Sonnet, a Craft Class with John James via Zoom

October 3 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124

As a poetic form, the sonnet — or, “little song” — is distinguished above all else by its capacity to turn. While this movement presses against the natural compression of the form, it catalyzes semantic affordances otherwise unavailable to poems of such length. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the term for this turn (“volta”) stems from the Latin volvere, whose resonance in the English “revolution” signals changes in the spheres of politics, culture, science, and so on. It’s no wonder, then, that this…

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Submission Sunday (via Zoom)

October 3 @ 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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Write, Write, Write!: A Fiction Workshop for Teens with Tina Tocco (via Zoom)

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm

$140 – $175.00

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. You'll receive positive feedback so you can take what your produce in class and confidently improve your creative writing outside of class -- both…

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Telling the Stories of Our Lives (Oral Storytelling) with Ivy Eisenberg via Zoom

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$320.00

Personal storytelling is a contemporary art form, where storytellers craft true, first-person stories and perform them live, without notes, in front of an audience. This course will teach you the art of first-person, oral storytelling. We will cover the basics of what makes a great story, you will mine your life for authentic material, and we will develop your stories into short “performance pieces” to be shared with an audience. You will receive coaching on delivery and performance of the…

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Open Write (in person & via Zoom)

October 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$10

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 FOR OCTOBER! 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…

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An Evening with Patricia Spears Jones, Allison Joseph, and Catherine Pond (via Zoom)

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $25

We are thrilled to welcome Patricia Spears Jones, Allison Joseph, and Catherine Pond 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. Patricia Spears Jones is a poet, writer, playwright, cultural critic, and winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. She is…

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The Art of Dramatic Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow via Zoom

October 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
$320.00
William Bigelow

This class will meet on Friday, October 15 for six Fridays, ending on November 19. This class will be taught online via Zoom. Zoom login information will be included in the email confirming class registration. Please check your spam filter for this email or write to [email protected] with any questions. This is a course designed for writers looking to create screenplays, stage plays, and teleplays for television shows. Paramount in this effort, we will focus on an approach which is necessary in…

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Open Mic (in person & via Zoom)

October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free – $5.00

We are excited to hold October'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…

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Flash Fiction: Create a Moment, Create a World with Helen Phillips on Zoom

October 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free – $124.00

How can I evoke a world/situation/character/emotion swiftly and potently? This is a question that fiction writers are always asking, but flash fiction brings particular urgency to it. Participants will examine samples of contemporary flash fiction, and then experiment with the form themselves. We will consider questions such as: How can a piece achieve arc and resonance in such a short space? How does one attain the precision of language essential to this form? What can this form offer the reader…

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One Day Memoir Workshop with Susan Hodara via Zoom

October 16 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124.00
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 one-day, four hour class that will be taught via Zoom. 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…

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Legend of Sleepy Hollow Family Storytelling Event (10am)

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Free

Storyteller David Neilsen will perform a 25-minute retelling of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This will be a fun, family event, featuring additional Halloween treats and activities for our guests. David Neilsen is a classically-trained actor and professional storyteller who has performed at a wide range of venues, ranging from the New York Botanical Gardens, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, and Washington Irving’s Sunnyside to area schools and birthday parties. His captivating storytelling and mesmerizing one-man shows have enthralled audiences…

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Legend of Sleepy Hollow Family Storytelling Event (12noon)

October 17 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Free

Storyteller David Neilsen will perform a 25-minute retelling of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This will be a fun, family event, featuring additional Halloween treats and activities for our guests. David Neilsen is a classically-trained actor and professional storyteller who has performed at a wide range of venues, ranging from the New York Botanical Gardens, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, and Washington Irving’s Sunnyside to area schools and birthday parties. His captivating storytelling and mesmerizing one-man shows have enthralled audiences…

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Humor Writing: An Intensive Workshop with Janine Annett via Zoom

October 23 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$124

Humorous writing can take many forms, including satire, essays, books, sketches, screenplays, and more. In this intensive workshop, Janine Annett will give an overview of different types of humor writing and jokes and will explore some of the dos and don'ts of writing things that are both funny and smart. We'll discuss topics like punching up, the rule of three, ending on the funny part, tragedy + time = comedy, funny words and sounds, heightening, how to develop your own "funny…

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