Happenings @ The Writers’ Center

School’s out soon and it’s time for youngsters as well as adults to have fun with reading and writing.

We kick off the summer vacation with a Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 pm, pizza party reading for children age 7 and up and their friends and families to meet an award-winning writer who makes kids want to read even when they don’t have to!

Elizabeth Levy of New York City is the author of over 80 books including Who Are You Calling a Woolly Mammoth?

and Keep Ms. Sugarman in the Fourth Grade, and there are about five million of her books in print, “I love to try writing different types of books — everything from funny mysteries to novels about kids who get in trouble to history,” says Levy. She enjoys silly jokes and all things funny, a subject she gets to explore in My Life as a Fifth Grade Comedian, and she loves visiting with her fans of all ages and getting them talking about her books.

Admission to the reading is $5 ($3 for students and HVWC members).
The Writers’ Center will also have creative writing classes for writers age 8 and up.

Eight to ten-year-olds can attend any four or more of the Monday and Thursday writing workshops from 9:30-11:30 starting June 26 and ending August 17. Pay $130 for any four classes and $25 for any additional class. The teacher will be either Kate Gallagher of White Plains or Bridget Bentley of Hastings-on-Hudson, depending on the day. Gallagher teaches the HVWC year-round classes for children this age, and Bentley is a teacher at Tarrytown’s Washington Irving School. Both were HVWC teachers last summer as well.

Eleven to thirteen-year-olds may take a class on four Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30, July 11- August 1. Teacher Jane Willis of Scarsdale says this age group is her favorite to teach, and she will be helping students craft their own hair-raising or humorous stories using timeless tales from Grimm as jumping off points. The fee is $145 ($130 for members).

Those fourteen or older may sign up for a class with Brenda Conner-Bey of White Plains on four Wednesdays, July 5-26, from 3:00-5:30. They will be challenged to use all their senses as well as their imaginations to create stories, poems, and other work to share and to take home. The fee is $155 ($140 for members). Conner-Bey is a long-time HVWC teacher and a very frequent writer-in-residence at schools throughout Westchester.

Scholarships are available for children who need financial assistance, thanks to a grant from the Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns. Contact the Center for more information.

The Center also has many writing classes and readings for adults. Check the website or call for details.

Happy summer!

Dare Thompson is the Executive Director of
The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow.
For info call 914-332-5953 or

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