Developing New Audiences

Developing New Audiences

We take our stellar programs to the communitylocally, county-wide and regionallyto advance the art and craft of writing among diverse communities.

HVWC reaches out locally and regionally:

If you are interested in bringing a Hudson Valley Writers' Center program into your community, please contact

Writers at Masters
A series bringing you the finest writers of our time, presented by The Hudson Valley Writers' Center with support from The Masters School and Rivertowns Arts Council.
Events take place at the Claudia Boettcher Theatre at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry. Past featured writers include:

Readings at the Neuberger

A collaboration with the Neuberger Museum of Art, located on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York, presenting literary events inspired by the Museum's exhibitions.



WriteMind Workshop

WriteMind Workshop logoA narrative technique-based approach to creative writing for teachers and students of grades 4 through 12, developed by David Surface in conjunction with The Hudson Valley Writers' Center. WriteMind Workshop is based on the observation that teachers of writing can gain new insights by thinking and working like writers. The results of working with the narrative technique method are that:

  • Teachers discover a new set of tools for stimulating their students to write more expressively.
  • Teachers and students practice the art of creative revision and learn to see revision as an exciting part of the creative process.

WriteMind Workshop consists of one component for teachers and a second component for students. Teachers' workshops take place at the Writers' Center; students' workshops take place at the schools of the teacher/workshop members. Teachers and students from the Tarrytown schools, Ossining schools, and elsewhere have already benefited from WriteMind Workshop.

The combination of the teacher/student component of the Workshop is really interesting and effective. It's rare that a teacher gets a chance to actually engage in a student activity before the student tries it. As a writer, I was challenged by the techniques and brought a special empathy to my students when it was their turn to write. Anne Stevenson (Elementary Instructor, Tarrytowns School District)

Latino Holiday Celebration

This popular annual event started at the Writers' Center in 2002 and quickly outgrew the space, expanding to Warner Library in 2004 and then to John Paulding Elementary School in Tarrytown. Writer Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, The Turkish Lover, A Doll for Navidades, and several anthologies including Las Christmas, is our host for the event, which includes stories, songs, dancing, and traditional foods, with a mix of Spanish and English being spoken. Audience members of all ages are encouraged to bring their own holiday stories to share in either language.



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