WELCOME TO THE HVWC CALENDAR: home of all our upcoming readings, events and workshops. You can view by list or calendar (see right menu to choose). Click the colored tabs below to show only specific options. Our workshops run as multi-session series or one-day “intensives.” Note, we list the multi-session courses on the first day they meet only. The full dates of the session are described in the course descriptions. You would need to scroll back to the start date if you needed to enroll for something already underway. But do let us know if you want to join something in midstream since we need the blessing of the instructor. Questions? Email us.

Workshops – This category encompasses all one-day and multi-week classes, whether in person or via Zoom.

Readings – Our readings are in many different genres and take place in person, on Zoom, or both!

HVWC Recurring Events – This category encompasses such regular favorites as Open Mic, Open Write, and Submission Sunday.

Special Events – These other creative experiences are sure to interest our creative community!

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

A Master Craft Talk on Persona with Ellen Bass (Via Zoom)

March 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Join Master Poet, Ellen Bass, as she discusses the craft of writing persona poems. NB: This is a craft talk/lecture, not a workshop.

The Persona Poem

If you’re going to write a persona poem it better be about you.

––Stanley Plumly

Writing a persona poem allows us to inhabit anyone (or anything) and to explore what is sometimes called the umwelt, the world as it is experienced by another entity. At the same time, this intimate form makes it possible to talk about the self in ways we might not dare in our own voice. The persona poem can also provide a means to approach injustices and overlooked perspectives with deep empathy. We’ll read poems that assume an array of voices from Demeter to a drag queen, from a mummy to a roly-poly bug to salt!  All of which will inspire our own poems and enlarge how we think about ourselves and the world.

Poet and educator Ellen Bass is a Chancellor Emerita of the Academy of American Poets. Her most recent book of poetry, Indigo, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2020. Previous books include Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love. Bass was co-editor with Florence Howe of the first major anthology of women’s poetry, No More Masks! has also written works of nonfiction, including, with Laura Davis, The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into twelve languages. Among her awards are Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, four Pushcart Prizes and the Lambda Literary Award. She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University and lives in Santa Cruz, California.


The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
Tickets are no longer available


March 2
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
+ Google Map
View Venue Website


View Organizer Website