The Hudson Valley Writers Center is currently not holding in-person readings, classes, and events in our historic landmarked station house, but we are pleased to announce that many of our activities have shifted online. Writing is often a solitary endeavor, but classes and writing groups enable writers to connect, share ideas, get feedback, edit and socialize with their peers and mentors. During these times of social distancing, we want to acknowledge that we still need a community and provide options for writers to continue getting the support, guidance and connection they require.
Our new round of classes have moved online to Zoom, which is a user-friendly platform enabling live audio and video interaction between an instructor and a limited number of class participants. We will still offer the same high quality, small-group programming, just in a different format given these changed times.
The Philipse Manor Station building has housed the HVWC since 1996 and this transition in programming is a first in our history. We are looking ahead and implementing technology to safely offer meaningful programming to our community of writers and readers.
“The feedback so far has been tremendously positive from instructors as well as students. I am hopeful that we can continue to meet the needs of our community — and even expand our community and our programming — during these challenging and unprecedented times,” said Donald W. Stever, Chairman of the HVWC Board of Directors.
Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you have questions about our new schedule. All times shown are EST.
Upcoming one-day workshops via Zoom
_Saturday, April 4 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm: The Prose Poem Master Class with Sean Singer https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/singerprosepoemzoom/
_Saturday, April 18 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Playwriting Workshop: Storycraft & Structure for Writers with Barbara Blatner https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/blatner/
_Saturday, April 25 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm: The Art of The Praise Poem with JP Howard https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/howardpraisezoom/
_Saturday, May 2 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Letters to Nobody: Understanding Your Audience for the Epistolary Poem with Justin Wymer https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/wymer/
_Saturday, May 9 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Advanced Hybrid Workshop with Chris Campanioni https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/hybridoneday/
_Monday, May 11 from 1 pm – 4pm: Writing through Darkness to Light (all genres) with Susan Tiberghien https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/susantoneday/
_Saturday, May 30 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm: In the Beginning: Exploring Questions of Spirituality & Religion Through Creative Writing with Jessica Jacobs https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/jacobsspirituality/
_Saturday, June 6 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm: The Art of Crafting and Telling Personal Stories with Wendy Mages https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/storytelling/
*TBD if this will be held live or online.
_Saturday, June 20 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Poetry as a Practice of Awareness with Nickole Brown http://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/poetry-as-a-prac…th-nickole-brown/
Upcoming six-week workshops
_Year of Your Book: Deep Revision with Kirsten Bakis meets Mondays starting April 20 from 10:15 am – 12:15 pm https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/bakisdeeprevisionspring3/
_Monday Night Poetry Workshop with Amy Holman meets Mondays starting April 20 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/amyholmanmondaynight/
_Year of Your Book: Fiction with Kirsten Bakis meets Wednesdays starting April 22 from 10:15 am – 12:15 pm https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/bakis3spring2020/
_Writing, Revising, and Publishing Short Fiction with Beth Hahn meets Wednesdays starting April 22 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/hahnsession32020/
_Page-Turning Fiction with Joanne Dobson meets Thursdays starting April 23 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/dobsonsession32020/
_Embracing ‘Plausible Magic’ In Your Fiction with David Queen meets Thursdays starting April 23 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/magicfiction/
_Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television with Bill Bigelow meets Fridays starting April 24 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/bigelowsession3/
_I am (Not) a Real Writer with Kirsten Bakis meets Saturdays starting April 25 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/session3bakissat/
Upcoming recurring events
_Submission Sunday, April 5, 12:30-2:30 p.m., RSVP for members required: http://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/submissionsunday-2020-04-05/
_Open Write, April 11, 7:30 p.m. Register here: http://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/openwrite-2020-04-11/
_Open Mic, April 17, 7:30 p.m. Sign up to share online: http://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/open-mic-2020-04-17/
Later this spring, depending upon the State-imposed restrictions on public gatherings, we may resume offering Creative Writing classes for elementary school students and Improv class for adults.