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The Voracious Reader


Westchester may have more writers per capita than any place in the country. You, too, can learn about writing prose, poetry, blogging, memoirs, food writing, young adult fiction….here:

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center— is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1988 with a mission to advance the art and craft of writing by encouraging writers and readers at all levels to participate in and enjoy the literary arts. It offers classes for professional and amateur writers, presents public readings by well-known and emerging prose writers and poets, does outreach work in several community sites, and publishes at least one book of poetry each year under the imprint Slapering Hol Press.

The Center’s headquarters is the restored Philipse Manor railroad station, which overlooks the Hudson River in the village of Sleepy Hollow.  Workshops include Blog Writing, How to Write Page Turning Fiction, Memoir Writing, Writing About Food, as well as workshops for young adults.

Learn to Tell: Storytelling Workshops at The Rye Library: This winter and spring the Rye Storytelling Guild will offer a course in how to spin a good yarn.   Classes held on the first Tuesday of each month from 6.30 to 8.30 pm and will focus on how and where to find a story you yearn to tell, how to shape and prepare the story, how to enhance its telling, the presentation of your story, and a celebration of storytelling graduates. Workshop led by celebrated storyteller Carol Birch. To sign up call 914.231.3161 or email Neva Winter at

Adult and Young adult workshops at The Voracious Reader: Got a Work In Progress? Register now to prevent the winter blahs!  Adult fiction classes will be held Thursdays, 12:00-2:00; 
February 5-April. 5th. 
Workshop Fee: $825.00.   For adults writing YA or middle grade fiction: finish your work-in-progress or start a new one in this 10-week workshop with author, Phyllis Shalant, author and adjunct professor in the Graduate Writing Program at Manhattanville College.  Call The VR at 914.592.2278 to register.

WritopiaLabs at The Voracious Reader–As part of its dedication to nurturing young writers, The Voracious Reader has partnered with WritopiaLab, a wonderful national non-profit that offers writing workshops for kids from 8 to 18 years old. The Voracious Reader is the southern Westchester home of this group, with engaging and inspiring workshops led by director Lena Roy.  “The kids practically run through our front door to get to their class!” says owner Francine Lucidon.


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