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News from the HVWC:

Dear Friends,

If you’re feeling a bit spoiled for choice then give us a call. We’re happy to help you sort through this fine list of options.

See you at the Center!

- The HVWC Staff

FICTION

 


The Spark on the Page
with Christina Chiu


6 THURSDAY, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Aug 7
–September 4
Class Code: CCs14a
Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members




What gives a great story the spark that makes it ignite our imaginations? In this workshop, we will take part in close readings of authors who have mastered the craft—Anton Chekov, J. D. Salinger, Tim O’Brien, Alice Dark—and explore what creates the magic in each story. We will do in-class exercises and constructively critique students’ original work. Expect to discuss all the basics of fiction writing—character, plot, setting, voice—as well as employ some of the techniques we learn in order to capture the spark in your own work.


About the Instructor:
CHRISTINA CHIU is the author of Troublemaker and Other Saints (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2001). Her work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Tin House, Charlie Chan is Dead 2, Not the Only One, Washington Square, and Acorn. Her accolades include the Asian American Literary Award, the Robert Simpson Fellowship, and the Alternate Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. She also won the New Stone Circle Fiction Contest and was nominated for the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award. Chiu is one of the founding members of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She received her MFA in writing from Columbia University. Chiu lives in New York where she is currently working on her novel while also editing and consulting.


Edge-of-Your-Seat Fiction
with Suzanne Chazin


6 THURSDAY, 7–9 p.m.
June 19
–July 24
Class Code: SCs14a
Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members




Browse any list of bestselling novels and you’ll notice that the majority turn out to be stories full of action and suspense with an irresistible question at their core: “What if…?  In this class, we’ll explore how to weave that first spark of curiosity into a page-turning, edge-of-your-seat narrative. This course will demystify the elements of popular suspense fiction with practical tips and writing exercises designed to bring nuance to characters, flesh out settings and sharpen dialogue. A good course for writers who are feeling blocked or have reached a plateau in their work.


About the Instructor:
SUZANNE CHAZIN is the author of The Fourth Angel, Flashover and Fireplay, three mystery novels starring FDNY firefighter Georgia Skeehan, hailed by USA Today as “an incredibly strong character.” Suzanne’s latest novel, Land of Careful Shadows, to be published Dec. 2nd, is the first in a mystery series set among Westchester’s undocumented. It has already been hailed by Lee Child as “first rate and highly recommended.” Visit Suzanne at www.suzannechazin.com.


Page-Turning Fiction

with Joanne Dobson

6 THURSDAY, 7–9 p.m.
July 31
–September 4
Class Code: JDs14a
Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members




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 extreme world of detection and intrigue, or the everyday life of private agonies and personal satisfactions, your writing can benefit from that special “can’t-put-it-down” magic.


About the Instructor:
JOANNE DOBSON has written several works of fiction including Death Without Tenure, the newest installment of her Professor Karen Pelletier mystery series. Face Of the Enemy, the first novel in the Wartime in New York series, was released in 2012. She has received an Agatha Award nominee, and in 2001 she was named Noted Author of the Year by the RAAS section of the New York Library Association. She has also taught at Fordham, Tufts, and at Amherst College.

Writing Flash Fiction
with Peter Andrews


SATURDAY, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
June 28
Class Code: PAs14i
Tuition: $160 members/$175 non-members





Don't have time to write a novel?  Well, fewer people have time to read one.  That's why flash fiction is hot, with over 300 paying markets looking for well-formed stories of 1000 words or less. Learn how to write, market and sell these tiny tales.


About the Instructor:
PETER ANDREWS is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs. He has dozens of short stories and hundreds of nonfiction articles in print. He has worked professionally in PR, and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He is the author of the popular How To Write Fast Bloghttp://howtowritefast.blogspot.com/

The ABCs of Writing Mystery Fiction
with Joanne Dobson


SATURDAY, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
June 21
Class Code: JDs14i
Tuition: $160 members/$175 non-members





This class is designed for both beginning writers and those more experienced writers who wish to brush up on the basics in order to refresh and deepen their skills. Brief lectures will cover fundamentals of creating compelling mystery fiction: The Crime; the Sleuth; the Setting; the Suspects; the Witnesses; Motives; Clues; Alibis; Red herrings; Conflict and Suspense; The Solution. Lectures will be interspersed with short, intense writing exercises to permit students to explore what they have just learned.



About the Instructor:
JOANNE DOBSON is a mystery novelist, a retired Fordham University English Professor, and a long-time fiction teacher and workshop leader at HVWC. Author of the Professor Karen Pelletier mystery series, she has, more recently, co-authored with Bev Myers Face of the Enemy, a novel set in WWII New York City. Her first historical novel, The Kashmiri Shawl, will be released in June.

NONFICTION

 

The Art of the Essay
with Herb Hadad

6 WEDNESDAYS, 7–9 p.m.
June 18–July 23
Class Code: HH
s1
4a
Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members





The personal essay offers the utmost freedom and flexibility to explore the writer’s range of thoughts, feeling and experiences. We will briefly examine the structure of the essay, but the heart of the class lies in the earnest give-and-take between instructor and students to make their essays as good as they can be. The group will also discuss publishing possibilities. Bring a work in progress to the first session.


About the Instructor:
HERBERT HADAD is the author of Finding Immortality: The Making of One American Family, and is currently working on another book of non-fiction stories, The Best Intentions. He has written articles for The New York Times, Gannett Newspapers, and International Herald Tribune. He has been featured in Parenting, Lear’s, and The New York Daily News Magazine. He has also contributed to the anthology The Random House Guide to Writing and Sephardic American Voices. He has been honored by The New York Press Club and Folio magazine. He is currently working as a press officer for the Department of Justice in the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Westchester.

Memoir Writing Workshop
with Susan Hodara

6 TUESDAYS, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
June 24–July 29
Class Code:
SHs14a
Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members



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 will read aloud and receive constructive feedback. Writers at all levels of accomplishment, and with projects both full-length and short-form, are welcome.



About the Instructor:
SUSAN HODARA has been teaching memoir writing workshops since 2002 and writing memoir for nearly 20 years, resulting in the publication of her work in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, and most recently, the collaborative memoir Still Here, Thinking of You: A Second Chance With Our Mothers. She is also a freelance journalist who writes about the arts for publications including the New York Times, Communication Arts, and others. She and her husband live in Mount Kisco and are the parents of two grown daughters.

Strategies for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
with Mindy Lewis


5 FRIDAYS, 12:30 –3 p.m.
June 20-July 25 (No Class: July 4)
Class Code: MLs14a
Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members




“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect,” wrote Anaïs Nin. This is the perfect opportunity to engage our senses and foray into memoir, creative nonfiction and personal essay. Inspired by handouts and writing prompts, participants will share and discuss their writing in a stimulating atmosphere of collaborative exploration. Continuing and new writers welcome.


About the Instructor:
MINDY LEWIS is the author of Life Inside: A Memoir and the editor of the essay anthology DIRT: The Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House. Her essays, articles and book reviews have been published in Newsweek, NY Times Book Review, Lilith, Body & Soul, Poets & Writers, Arts & Letters Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and in several anthologies. She enjoys leaving her Manhattan apartment to teach at HVWC and The Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA; she has also taught at Brooklyn College and has been a visiting writer at George Mason University. Ms. Lewis has been a fellow at the Banff Centre and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Memoir Writing Workshop
with Joan Potter

6 TUESDAYS, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Aug 5-Sept 9
Class Code: JPs14a
Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members




Whether you are an experienced writer or just starting out, this workshop will provide a relaxed, supportive environment in which you will read your memoirs aloud each week and receive constructive responses. Your subjects can range from early childhood memories to the most recent events of your life.


About the Instructor:
JOAN POTTER's personal essays have been published in anthologies and literary journals, and her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. Her most recent books are Still Here Thinking of You: A Second Chance With Our Mothers (Big Table Publishing, 2013) and African American Firsts: Famous, Little-Known and Unsung Triumphs of Blacks in America, 4th edition (Kensington, December 2013). She has led memoir workshops since 1992 in writing centers, libraries, and a state prison.

How To Write an Artist Statement That's Clear, Concise, and Compelling
with Susan Hodara

SATURDAY, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
July 26
Class Code: SHs14i
Tuition: $160 members/$175 non-members




You’re an artist creating a website, applying for a residency, or submitting your work to a curator. You know what your artistic practice is about, but you’re not sure how to express it in writing. In this workshop, you will work with other students on finding the right words to articulate your artistic intentions. We will look at examples of others’ artist statements, and then you will compose and hone your own. Bring samples of your work. For all types of artists and all levels of writers.


About the Instructors:
SUSAN HODARA is a journalist who covers the arts for publications including the New York Times, Communication Arts, and others. As a result, she has read hundreds of artist statements, some more illuminating than others. She is a co-author of the collaborative memoir Still Here, Thinking of You: A Second Chance With Our Mothers (Big Table Publishing, 2013), and has taught memoir writing since 2002, including her ongoing memoir workshop at HVWC. More info at www.susanhodara.com.


Writing Short and Long Memoir
with Susan Tiberghien


FRIDAY, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Aug 15
Class Code: STs14i
Tuition: $80 members/$95 non-members




The memorist explores a life experience and tries to make meaning out of it.  The workshop is open to all levels of writers.  You will look at the different components of memoir: subject, structure, and narration.  Memoir is a window into your life.  What window are you opening?  There will be examples from contemporary memorists and guided writing exercises. Come listen to some compelling life stories and then write one of your own.


About the Instructor:
SUSAN TIBERGHIEN
, American-born writer living in Geneva, Switzerland is the author of three memoirs: Looking for Gold, A Year in Jungian Analysis; Circling to the Center, Encounter with Silent Prayer; Footsteps, A European Album, and the best-selling One Year to a Writing Life ─“a truly inspiring window into the world of writing.” Lee Gutkind.  Tiberghien  teaches creative writing at graduate programs, at C.G. Jung Centers, at the International Women’s Writing Guild, and at writers’ centers in the U.S., in Paris and in Geneva. An active member of International PEN, she directs the Geneva Writers’ Group and Conferences.


POETRY

Monday Night Poetry Workshop
with Jordan Davis

6 MONDAYS, 7–9 p.m.
June 16-July 28 (No class on July 7)
Class Code: JODs14a

Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members



The difficulty of writing poetry is not finding a meaningful subject, a personal style, or even the time to write — what makes writing poetry so difficult is the problem of remaining excited while waiting patiently for inspiration to strike. In six classes we’ll look at how to be semi-permanently surprised by what catches attention, how to follow that feeling wherever it leads, how to get to the point and then to the next one, how to make the opera feelings demand, and how to know when enough is happening that poetry will stay close on its own. Students must be willing to commit to an hour of outside reading and writing for each class; the course packet will include poetry and prose by Frank O’Hara, Lucille Clifton, Joseph Ceravolo, Alice Notley, Marcel Proust, Sei Shonagon, Kenneth Koch, Brigit Pegeen Kelly and Walt Whitman (along with some others you may not have heard of yet). All levels of experience welcome and accommodated.


About the Instructor:
JORDAN DAVIS's second book is forthcoming in 2014 from Edge Books. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry and The New Yorker and his essays  and reviews have appeared in Slate, Chicago Review and Boston Review. From 2011 to 2013 he was Poetry Editor of The Nation. He lives and works in New York
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Friday Poetry Workshop
with Jennifer Franklin



6 FRIDAYS, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
July 11-Aug 15
Class Code: JFs14a

Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members



One of the joys of writing and reading poetry is that each poem is its own unique universe. This workshop will encourage each participant to hone his or her own “voice.” The purpose of this workshop is for all participants to provide constructive feedback on each individual poem presented so the writer can return to editing and work on making the poem the strongest and most finished piece possible. Each week, students will bring a poem or two to workshop. Most of the class will be devoted to specific suggestions on poems workshopped as well as general advice about the process of editing. Practical advice about the process of publishing in journals and about preparing a chapbook manuscript will also be addressed.


About the Instructor:
JENNIFER FRANKLIN graduated from Brown University and Columbia University School of the Arts. Work from her manuscript, Looming, has appeared in Antioch Review, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, The Nation, New England Review, The Paris Review, Pequod, Poetry Daily, Salmagundi, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, and other journals. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, Persephone's Ransom, in September 2011. She is the Assistant Poetry Editor of upstreet and a member of The Advisory Committee of Slapering Hol Press at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. She lives in New York City with her daughter.

Poets Reading Poetry
with Jennifer Franklin



6 WEDNESDAYS, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
July 9–Aug 13
Class Code: JFs14b

Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members




In this six week class, we will read contemporary poetry collections of note. Each week, we will engage with the texts and analyse what makes them so successful—paying specific attention to theme, form, poem order/arc, and language. In order to be better writers, we must be better and more copious readers. Following the tradition of poetic apprenticeship, we will use the books of the syllabus as a spring board to write a poem a week to workshop during the last part of each class. Students will receive the first reading and writing assignments the week before the first class.


About the Instructor:
JENNIFER FRANKLIN graduated from Brown University and Columbia University School of the Arts. Work from her manuscript, Looming, has appeared in Antioch Review, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, The Nation, New England Review, The Paris Review, Pequod, Poetry Daily, Salmagundi, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, and other journals. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, Persephone's Ransom, in September 2011. She is the Assistant Poetry Editor of upstreet and a member of The Advisory Committee of Slapering Hol Press at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. She lives in New York City with her daughter.

Exploring New Poems
with Amy Holman

Session 1: 6 WEDNESDAYS, 10:30–12:30 p.m.
                     June 18–July 23
                     Code: AHs14a
                     Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members

                     


Session 2:
6 WEDNESDAYS, 10:30–12:30 p.m.
                     Aug 6–Sept 17 (No Class Aug 20)
                     Code: AHs14b
                      Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members


                     

This class is designed to inspire and support poets who want to return to writing, try new ideas, and refine their voices, and is open to beginning and emerging poets. The new poems explored in this class are both those you will write from assignments and those we will read from poetry books.

About the Instructor:
AMY HOLMAN is the author of Wrens Fly Through This Opened Window, Wait For Me, I'm Gone, and An Insider's Guide to Creative Writing Programs: Choosing the Right MA or MFA, Colony, Residency, Grant or Fellowship. She is a literary consultant, poet and prose writer living in Brooklyn, NY.

Monday Night Poetry Workshop
with Lynn Melnick

5 MONDAYS, 7–9 p.m.
Aug 11-Sept 15
Class Code: LMs14a

Tuition: $225 members/$250 non-members



Taking inspiration from a diversity of poets, this workshop will encourage students to explore a range of contemporary poetry as they uncover their own talents and voice.

We will spend the first part of each class discussing the work of published poets and then dive into student work for the majority of the time. Students will be expected to turn their poems in, via email, several days ahead of each class. Students will also be expected to read and comment on each other’s work ahead of each class, so that a thorough consideration can be given the work. Students will be encouraged to bring in favorite contemporary poems to share with the class.


About the Instructor:
LYNN MELNICK is the author of If I Should Say I Have Hope (YesYes Books), one of Coldfront Magazine’s Top 40 Poetry Books of 2012, and the co-editor, with Brett Fletcher Lauer, of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in The New Republic, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere. She has written essays and book reviews for Boston Review, LA Review of Books, and Poetry Daily, among others. She teaches poetry at the 92nd St. Y and with Parachute Literary Arts and is the social media & outreach director for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.


Doors Wide Open: Writing the Collage Poem
with Fred Marchant

SATURDAY, 10–4 p.m.
May 31
Class Code: FMw14i

Tuition: $160 members/$175 non-members



In this one-day intensive workshop we will discuss poems that employ one or more of the primary methods of collage, including juxtaposition, fragmentation, “negative space,” borrowed and/or found sources, to name a few. We will examine poems and visual collages by others as models and sources of inspiration. We will then discuss in workshop format a poem of yours that you believe uses one or more elements of collage. Please bring 13 copies of that poem. We’ll end our day by beginning and reading aloud a first draft of a new “collage poem.”


About the Instructor:
FRED MARCHANT is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Looking House (Graywolf Press). The Word Works has recently reissued Tipping Point, his first book, in a twentieth anniversary second edition with an introduction by Nick Flynn. He is the Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program, and the Poetry Center at Suffolk University in Boston
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Poetic Process: Towards a Non-Theory of Creativity
with Kate Knapp Johnson

SATURDAY, 10–4 p.m.
August 9
Class Code: KKJs14i

Tuition: $160 members/$175 non-members




Willa Cather said that real artistic growth is an approach (and re-approach) towards “truth-telling.” But Dickinson equally affirms the idea that we must “tell all the Truth but tell it slant.” But why? And how? In this course we will consider the many uses of metaphor, image-making, so-called “free association,” and associative reading and writing. We’ll think together about the why’s and how’s of evoking—rather than stating—feelings and ideas in our work and in our readers. After discussion, we’ll devote ourselves to work-shopping your poems—please bring sufficient copies of 2-3 of your own pieces—and be prepared to participate in a lively, generous, and careful review of one another’s works:  all the truth, but slant! Let’s work hard to achieve this onerous and beautiful balancing act!

About the Instructor:
KATE KNAPP JOHNSON has been teaching poetry at Sarah Lawrence College since 1987 and has directed the Graduate Poetry Program there for 11 years. She is the author of three collections of poetry: When Orchids Were Wildflowers (Dragon Gate), This Perfect Life (Miami Univ.) and Wind Somewhere, And Shade (Miami). She has been the recipient of a NYFA and two GRADIVA awards for her work—most recently published in Ploughshares, The Sun, The Atlanta Review, and Lumina. She is also a graduate of the Westchester Institute for Training in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis with a specialty in Jungian Studies.

 

MULTI-GENRE

 

Songwriting Workshop
with Kinny Landrum



6 WEDNESDAYS, 7–9 p.m.
July 30–Sept 10 (No Class: Aug 13)*
Class Code: KLs14a

Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members



This workshop will discuss the history and techniques of songwriting, both lyrics and music, while analyzing songs from all genres and eras. Through these classes the students will foster an appreciation and respect for all genres of music and songwriting. The class is oriented towards both the beginning songwriter as well as those who wish to improve or broaden their talents and is most appropriate for adults and students 14 and older. Instrumental expertise is not required, but the willingness to have one’s songs performed, or to perform it oneself, and to have it heard and discussed will be paramount.

*This class will conclude with a celebration and concert at the Writers' Center on Wednesday, September 17.


About the Instructor:
KINNY LANDRUM is a composer, arranger, producer and keyboardist who has worked with such unusually diverse people as Leonard Bernstein, The Meters, Carly Simon, Jimmy Cliff and David Lynch.  He was the synthesist on the seminal TV show "Twin Peaks", which won a Grammy Award.  He has scored a number of feature films and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his score to "Living The Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky" and has written the score for "The Fort Fisher Hermit." Kinny also wrote the orchestrations for the Broadway show "In My Life".  His songs appear on albums by such artists as John Whelan and Francine Reed. He has produced records with Joe Cerisano and written jingles for clients such as Citizen Watches, Coca-Cola, Ford and Alka-Seltzer. He has served as the chairman of the arranging committee for the Grammy Awards at the New York chapter of NARAS.  And he studied with Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano while earning his Master's Degree in Music.

 

Writing for Children
with Stephanie St. Pierre



6 MONDAYS, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
June 16–July 21
Class Code: SSPs14a

Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members



In this weekly workshop we share and critique works‐in‐progress. Based on the interests and experience of the class we may also do some exercises on specific types of writing for children and practice techniques for taking projects from ideas and inspiration to proposals and manuscripts suitable for submission to agents, publishers or for self‐publication. The workshop begins with a brief overview of the field of children’s publishing and children’s literature including discussion genres in children’s writing and some basics about writing for children of different ages and reading abilities.


About the Instructor:
STEPHANIE ST. PIERRE
is an award-winning author of hundreds of books for children from infant board books to romance novels for young adults. Her picture book, What the Sea Saw, was the Izaak Walton League of America Conservation Book of the Year and one of The Children’s Book Council’s Best Books of 2006. She spent 20 years as an editor and editorial director working for the top children’s book publishers and packagers in the US. Her current works-in-progress include a picture book titled Listen to the Meadow, a middle-grade novel of historical fiction and a children’s fantasy series.

Discover Your Writing Voice
with Susan Wallach



6 TUESDAYS, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
June 17-July 22
Class Code: SWs14a

Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members



Everyone has their own voice and stories to tell, whether they stem from imagination or memory. This workshop is for all levels of writers in all genres. We will follow the Amherst Writers and Artists method, which encourages you to explore and take risks, discover your unique voice in a safe and supportive place. Through evocative prompts, you will develop your unique voice and your creativity, explore new genres, and work through your blocks. During the workshop, we will write and then read our first drafts aloud.


About the Instructor:
SUSAN WALLACH
, an accredited leader of the Amherst Writers and Artists method, was an editor at Random House, and is a published middle-grade/young adult author (Operation Isolation, Acting on Impulse, Skin Deep, and Great Parties). Her other writing projects include ghostwriting Grammar Girl's Complete Guide to Grammar for Students for Holt Henry Books for Young Readers and Animals at Play for Temple University. She’s currently working on a slipstream novel.

How to Write FAST!
with Peter Andrews

SATURDAY, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sept 6
Class Code: PAs14i2
Tuition: $160 members/$175 non-members




Crank up the efficiency and get that novel, short story, article or script DONE. Through exercises, evaluations, tips and technologies, you can learn to write faster. Discover how to break through blocks, get ideas, develop plots, draft and polish in less time without losing quality.


About the Instructor:

PETER ANDREWS is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs. He has dozens of short stories and hundreds of nonfiction articles in print. He has worked professionally in PR, and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He is the author of the popular How To Write Fast Bloghttp://howtowritefast.blogspot.com/.


Poetry Page-to-Stage
with Quincy Scott Jones

SATURDAY, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
August 16

Class Code: QSJs14i
Tuition: $160 members/$175 non-members


From the stadiums of ancient Athens to the Nuyorican Café, poetry has always existed as a performance, both on the stage and on the page. In this multi-genre one-day intensive, we will explore both the page and the stage, examining the intersections between the two. We will read examples from traditional and spoken word poets such as Natalie Diaz and Jamaal May. We will also practice various acting techniques involving voice and improvisation. Students are asked bring in one-two poem(s) of their own for workshop as we will be discussing each other’s individual pieces and performances.


About the Instructor:

QUINCY SCOTT JONES earned his Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, Master’s degree from Temple University, and $100 once working as a supermarket clown. His work has appeared in the African American Review and The Feminist Wire as well the anthologies Heroics: Strange Tales of Absurd Superheroes, From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth and Let Loose on the World: Celebrating Amiri Baraka at 75. He has preformed in such venues as Painted Bride Quarterly’s Slam Bam Thank You M’am in Philadelphia, The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 at the University of Louisville, Halal Pork & Other Controversies at Zora’s Art Space (New York), and Emergency Reading Series at UPENN’s Kelly’s Writers House. With Nina Sharma he co-created the Nor’easter Exchange: a multicultural, multi-city reading series. His first book, The T-Bone Series, was published by Whirlwind Press in 2009.

Getting Physical with Shakespeare
with Estha Weiner

SATURDAY, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
July 12
Class Code: EWs14i
Tuition: $160 members/$175 non-members




Poets  and actors know that language is physical, not just intellectual. Shakespeare was a poet, playwright, actor, and actor-manager, so  you know he knew it!

In this one-day intensive, we will look at sample Shakespearean scenes and monologues/soliloquies to discover all we can from his language . We will, of course, read aloud. There is no need to know the plays in advance. Then, students will have the chance to write a monologue or short scene, incorporating the physicality into your own language, as you write. We'll read these works in progress aloud, too. All are welcome!


About the Instructor:

ESTHA WEINER is co-editor and contributor to Blues For Bill: A  Tribute To William Matthews, and author of In the Weather of the World, The Mistress Manuscript, and Transfiguration Begins At Home.  Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including  The New Republic and Barrow Street.  Nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize, she was a 2005 winner of a Paterson Poetry Prize, and a 2008 Visiting Scholar at The Shakespeare  Institute, Stratford, England.  Estha is founding director of  Sarah Lawrence College NY Writers’ Nights Series,  Marymount Writers Nights, and a  Speaker on Shakespeare for The New York Council For The Humanities. She is a  Professor in the English Dept. at City College of NY, and serves or has served on the Poetry/Writing faculties of The Frost Place, Advisory Committee of Slapering Hol Press, Stonecoast Writers’ Conference, Poets and Writers, Poets House, and The Writer’s Voice.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Blogging for Beginners
with Dorothy Handelman

6 TUESDAYS, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Aug 5–Sept 9
Class Code: DHs14a
Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members




Launch and maintain a blog using Google’s Blogger platform! In this class, we will explore effective design, including use of templates and images. Whether your goal is to keep relatives and friends up to date, or to promote your work or cause, this class will help you frame your content to achieve a captivating blog. Students will also learn to network their new blogs through social media. All participants must bring a laptop.


About the Instructor:

DOROTHY HANDELMAN
is an award winning professional photographer and blogger who resides in Westchester County with her family. She has photographed extensively for all kinds of applications including fashion, publishing, corporate and legal among others. Her blog, Curb Appeal in Sleepy Hollow, is her ongoing effort to photograph and discuss parenting, culture and the trials and tribulations of daily life.


Publicity for Books and Writers
with David Carriere

SATURDAY, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
July 19
Class Code: DCs14i
Tuition: $160 members/$175 non-members




Generating publicity is a journey that requires persistence as well as proper planning. In this one-day intensive professional development workshop, veteran book publicist David Carriere guides students through this sometimes mysterious and often intimidating process, offering a road map and all the details needed to organize a successful publicity strategy. With over 25 years of experience, Carriere will outline everything needed to create a comprehensive, systematic and efficient method to reach traditional and new media targets alike, and will also work with students to help them map out their own campaigns.


About the Instructor:

DAVID CARRIERE began his publicity career in 1986. He honed his professional techniques on both coasts of the U.S. at numerous publishing houses, including HarperCollins and Chronicle Books. In 1997, David opened his own firm and is now nestled in the Berkshires in Massachusetts where he handles the publicity needs of both established and first-time authors. In 2008, Carriere’s book PUBLICITY: 7 STEPS TO PUBLICIZE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING was published by Glitterati Incorporated. As both an author and publicist, he has the unique perspective of knowing the ins and outs of both sides of the publishing business.


SCRIPT WRITING

 

Playwriting Workshop
with Angelo Parra


Session 1: 6 TUESDAYS, 7–9 p.m.
                     June 17July 22
                      Class Code: APs14a
                     
Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members


                    

Session 2: 6 TUESDAYS, 7–9 p.m.
                     
Aug 5-Sept 9
                     Class Code:
APs14b

                    
Tuition: $270 members/$295 non-members

                    

Writing for the stage is easy:  just give two people opposing goals and write what they say to each other.  Well ... maybe not quite that easy, but playwriting is definitely doable, exciting, and fun.  This workshop – suitable for writers of all levels, including “square-one” beginners – will explore the simple process of coming up with and developing your story idea, creating believable characters, writing natural dialogue, and giving structure to your play.  In a relaxed, non-judgmental environment, we will work together to create a play, short or long, based on a story you want to tell.  At the end of our six weeks, we will stage a reading of our plays for an invited audience.


About the Instructor:
ANGELO PARRA
 is an award-winning playwright with production credits Off-Broadway, in LA and at Hartford Stage, Florida Stage, Cape (Cod) Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Florida Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Penguin Rep, and the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival.  He is the author of the critically acclaimed The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, named among the “Top-Ten Off-Broadway Experiences” by the NY Daily News, and a 2012 Lucille Lortel Award nominee.  Angelo also is the author of Playwriting for Dummies.  His honors include two NY Foundation for the Arts Scriptwriting Fellowships.  He’s a Tennessee Williams Scholar (Sewanee Writers Conference), a member of The Dramatists Guild, the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit, and member emeritus of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.  Angelo has taught playwriting at Ramapo College, Rockland Center for the Arts, and currently at SUNY Rockland.


Screenwriting Workshop
with John Leary

SATURDAY, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Class Code: JLs14i
Tuition: $160 members/$175 non-members



A screenplay is a blue print. It is a unique form that combines technique and poetry. In this one day class we will de-mystify the form through exercises, group discussion, and clips. Screenplay form, story structure, subtext, and dialogue will be examined and made accessible to the beginner. Participating students are asked to submit a list of their (five) favorite films prior to the one day workshop.



About the Instructor:

JOHN LEARY


YOUTH PROGRAMS

 

Poetry & Story Slam Camp*

Session 1: Kids Camp (Ages 7-12)
                           July 1418; 1–4 p.m.
                           Class Code: camp14a

                           Tuition: $300 

A  one week collaboration between Y Theatre Arts Studio and Hudson Valley Writers' Center.  Working with experts in poetry slam and story slam, create and write your own material and learn how to physically embody your work for a true SLAM celebration on the last day of camp.  An experiential camp, kids will read, write, and explore for inspiration and excitement.



Session 2: Teen Camp (Ages 14-18)
                           
 
Aug 4-8;  9 a.m.2 p.m.
                            Class Code: camp14b
                            Tuition: $500 

A  one week collaboration between Y Theatre Arts Studio and Hudson Valley Writers' Center.  Camp runs August 4 - 8 from 9 am to 2 pm. For teens entering grades 9 - 12.  Working with experts in poetry slam and story slam, create your own material and learn how to physically embody your work for a true SLAM celebration on the last day of camp.  An experiential camp, kids will explore local landmarks and Rockefeller State Park for inspiration and excitement.

 

*This camp will meet daily at the Y Theatre Arts Studio at Tappan Hill (50 Ichabod Lane Tarrytown). Registration for Summer Camp is being organized through The Family YMCA at Tarrytown. Call Susan Barak (914-418-5561) with any questions or if you need help using the Summer Camp registration form.


Please note that there are two tuition prices for each workshop.
The members price is for current HVWC members only. If you would like to renew or extend your HVWC membership please click here.
If you are unsure of the status of your membership, please call
us at 914.332.5953 or email info@writerscenter.org

 


FAQs:

HVWC
: The Hudson Valley Writers' Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY. Classes and worshops are held in the restored Philipse Manor railroad station unless otherwise indicated. For travel directions, visit our Directions page or see train schedules at Metro-North's Hudson Line.

Code of Conduct

HVWC strives to create and maintain an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. HVWC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.

HVWC reserves the right to remove any student at our discretion. If a problem arises, students should alert the instructor. If the problem cannot be resolved in the classroom, instructors should alert the staff. All reports are kept confidential.

Students who want to join a class after the first day should contact the office at least two business days before the next class meeting. If it is possible to honor the request, the staff will inform the student.

Auditing or recording classes is not allowed.

Classroom Conduct
Learning in writing courses arises from discussion as much as from practice.  Our instructors conduct their classes in individual ways, but these general guidelines have proved helpful. HVWC provides instruction in small groups. To get the most from our classes, it is important that students arrive on time.

The purpose of workshops is to develop writing from unfinished to finished states. These writings may be of a sensitive or autobiographical nature. Students have chosen to share their works in progress with their classmates in workshop, but not with friends, family, colleagues, or acquaintances outside of the classroom.  HVWC understands that all writing is to some degree autobiographical. It is important that students keep their own and their classmates’ work and discussion confidential.

Payments & Deposits
Our classes often fill quickly, please register as soon as you can. Payment in full is due at the time of registration. We process registrations on a first-come, first-served basis and do not accept partial payments as deposits to reserve enrollment/space in any class. Registration may not be transferred from one person to another. Membership discounts may not be applied retroactively.

Credits & Refunds
No refunds or credits will be made except as described here. Credits are valid for one year from date of issue and cannot be extended or changed into refunds.

Student Withdrawals/Refunds
Official notification of a student’s need or desire to withdraw from a class and all requests for refunds or credits must be made to the HVWC office. Official notification may be made in person, by phone, or by e-mail. Telling the instructor or failure to attend classes does not constitute official withdrawal. Failure to attend classes is not a basis for refunds; in some circumstances, and at the discretion of HVWC, a credit may be issued.

If a student withdraws before the first class meeting, a 100% refund or credit will be issued. Official notification must be made no later than 24 business hours (Monday–Friday excluding major holidays) before the first class. If a student withdraws after the first class, a 75% refund or credit will be issued. Official notification must be made at least 48 hours (Monday–Friday excluding major holidays) before the second class. No refunds or credits will be issued after the second class.

HVWC Cancellations
If HVWC needs to cancel a class, participants have the option of receiving a 100% refund of tuition, or a credit, or reassignment of registration to another class or program.

If HVWC needs to cancel an individual class session, a make-up session will be scheduled. Every effort is made to schedule these sessions immediately after the end of the scheduled term on the same day and time. If a student is unable to attend the make-up class, a credit for the missed session can be issued. Requests for a credit must be made to the office in person, by phone, or by e-mail at least one business day prior to the make-up session.

Weather-related Closings
As a general rule, if bad weather causes the Tarrytown schools to close, HVWC will also be closed. Please check the web site www. writerscenter. org or call the office (914-332-5953) after 8 a.m. on the day of your class to find out if the Center is open. If the need to close arises after we have opened for business, we will contact students via phone and email with that information.

Waiting Lists
Our workshops fill quickly, so we recommend registering as soon as possible. We process all registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a workshop is full, the online listing will indicate that it has closed and a waiting list will start.  You must call the office to be put on the waiting list: (914) 332-5953. If a space opens up for the class, we will call the people on the waiting list in the order in which they signed up.

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